Long delays in Tunbridge Wells as roadworks run simultaneously

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Motorists are facing delays in Tunbridge Wells town centre as Kent County Council comes under criticism for arranging roadworks simultaneously.

Delays of up to half an hour have been reported, with Highways teams working on both Nevill Street and Vale Road.

A Tunbridge Wells resident, who did not wish to be named, told the Times: ‘It will not be long before there is an accident. Why are they doing both at the same time?’

Along a section, less than half a mile long, from Grove Hill Road, alongside Calverley Grounds, to Nevill Street, next to The Pantiles, there are currently three lots of works.

These are:

  • Nevill Street, which is closed from August 13 to September 3 to allow drainage work to be completed.
  • Vale Road, where Kent Highways have closed the left hand lane opposite the railway station from August 6 to September 3 for scaffolding work.
  • And Grove Hill Road, where a skip is causing some incursion from August 15 to August 23.

Completion of this work has led to heavy traffic in some sections of town, including the High Street and Mount Pleasant.

Lorries have also been witnessed attempting to turn around along Vale Road, after spotting the lane closure – the manoeuvre causing traffic behind further delays.

The county council has been approached for a comment.

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