The one-way system at the heart of Tunbridge Wells is about to become significantly busier over the next six months as major repairs are carried out to Grosvenor Bridge, a major traffic artery into the town.
The access route over the railway line links Upper Grosvenor Road with Quarry Road. It will be closed for 24 weeks from Sunday (June 12) until the end of November, and possibly into the Christmas period if there’s a backlog of work.
The works are set to cause lengthy hold-ups at the traffic lights on a bridge that carries a heavy flow of traffic at peak times, bringing delays of up to 20 minutes.
The repairs are being carried out on the bridge itself, with the large concrete piers which support it having to be replaced because they are failing.
The project was supposed to have begun in January this year but was held up while Kent County Council (KCC) tried to source the right contractor.
The diversions in place will redirect drivers into the centre of town. KCC advises the following route: Upper Grosvenor Road, Grosvenor Road, Victoria Road, Camden Road and on to Quarry Road.