Delays follow start of Pembury Road gas works

THE start of a six-week project to replace gas main pipes on Pembury Road (A264) has begun, resulting in heavier traffic on the A26 and the threat of delays to bin collections and transport to hospital.

The A264 is closed to vehicles between its junction with the A21/A228 and the junction with Blackhurst Lane and Hall’s Hole Road. Cornford Lane, between Hall’s Hole Road and Pembury High Street, is
also closed.

The official diversion sends vehicles from the hospital to Tunbridge Wells via Tonbridge using the Pembury Road and the A26. As of Monday morning (July 24), GoogleMaps traffic indicators showed heavy traffic in both directions on the A26.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (MTW) has warned patients they will need extra time for bus journeys to Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury.

Arriva has changed its number 6 service to run from Maidstone to the Hospital at Pembury, adding a separate ‘shuttle’ onwards into Tunbridge Wells town centre, calling at Monson Road and the railway station.

The bus operator’s 277 service will continue running between the town centre and the hospital at Pembury, via Sherwood and the North Farm area.

Hams Travel has adjusted its 297 service schedule from Tenterden to Tunbridge Wells Hospital, in order to make sure it connects with Arriva’s town centre shuttle bus.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) has also warned of possible delays to bin collections owing to lorries having to take the diversion, and also due to being caught in heavier than normal traffic.

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