Gillingham Northern Relief Road/Medway Tunnel/Wainscott Bypass Kent Photos

Gillingham Northern Relief road (A289) was constructed in the late 1990s and opened in 1999. It joins the A2 near Strood and routes to the north of the Medway towns via a new Medway tunnel to link up with the A2 Watling Street at Gillingham Business Park between Gillingham and Rainham. It was built to allow traffic an easier less congested route avoiding the delays caused by travelling through the Medway towns. The new Medway tunnel allows an alternative route of crossing the River Medway avoiding the A2 at Rochester and the M2 at Cuxton. It also allows access to the housing developments on St Marys Island Chatham and the industrial development of Chatham Maritime as well as Medway City Business Estate. All photos taken approx 1995, prior to construction starting, thanks to Eddy Newport for providing them.

 Photo of Strand Gillingham Prior to Northern Relief Road

The Strand, Pier Road Gillingham 1995

Photo of Lower Rainham Road prior to Northern Relief Road construction Photo of Lower Rainham Road The Ship Inn, Pier Road, Gillingham

The Ship Inn, Pier Road, Gillingham

Photo of The Good Intent pub, Pier Road, Gillingham

The Good Intent pub, Pier Road, Gillingham

Photo of Lower Rainham Road Pier Road, Autoyachts Ford & Fiat car dealer

Pier Road, Autoyachts Ford & Fiat car dealer

Photo of Strand Gillingham Prior to Northern Relief Road

Strand, Gillingham (Lower Rainham Road)
(Photo: Eddy Newport)

Photo of Lower Rainham Road prior to Northern Relief Road construction

Lower Rainham Road
(Photo: Eddy Newport)
Photo of Lower Rainham Road prior to Northern Relief Road construction

Lower Rainham Road

(Photo: Eddy Newport)

Akzo Nobel & Good Intent, Gillingham (Lower Rainham Road)
(Photo: Eddy Newport)



The Good Intent & Autoyachts
(Photo: Eddy Newport)

 

Photo of Lower Rainham Road prior to Northern Relief Road construction

View to Chatham/Lower Rainham Road

(Photo: Eddy Newport)

Photo of Lower Rainham Road prior to Northern Relief Road construction
Lower Woodlands Road/ Lower Rainham Road
(Photo: Eddy Newport)
   
Photo of Plough & Chequers Lower Rainham Road prior to Northern Relief Road construction
Plough & Chequers/Lower Rainham Road
(Photo: Eddy Newport)
Photo of Lower Rainham Road prior to Northern Relief Road construction
Lower Rainham Road

(Photo: Eddy Newport)
Photo of Plough & Chequers Lower Rainham Road prior to Northern Relief Road construction
Plough & Chequers/ Lower Rainham Road
(Photo: Eddy Newport)
Photo of Short Lane/Lower Rainham Road prior to Northern Relief Road construction
Short Lane/Lower Rainham Road

(Photo: Eddy Newport)

These aerial photos of Rainham were taken in around 1930 and 1990 covering the area around Rainham train station. You can see the difference in the railway buildings between the 2 photos a nd the amount of housing development that has grown around Rainham. 

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In 1930 you can still see the Railway Hotel on the corner of Station Road and Platform Row Cottages Rainham (next to Wakeley Oast house/Station Road)

By 1990 there is a new station building but The Railway pub is still present but now surrounded by houses in adjacent roads. You can also see the large car park next to Rainham Rec on Station Road.

This photo is of the Railway Public house football team taken at the annual Boxing Day football match in 1971. 

Some names in the photo are:

Peter Foster, John Perrin, Billy Huggins, Maurice Mills, Ron Ward, David Wood, Billy Hales

Do you recognise any other players?

Photo of Locomotive No. 73088, one of 12 BR Standard 4-6-0 engines built in the 1950s which from 1955 to 1959 pulled express trains serving the Kent Coast at Rainham station in front of Wakeley's Oast which was converted to a Community centre in the 1970s

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Old photos by decade

Roads around the Rainham - old photos of how roads used to look in days gone by