Roadworks to close part of Pembury Road

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A PROGRAMME of gas works in the east of Tunbridge Wells this summer will see the closure of the A264 Pembury Road for nearly six weeks.

The roadworks, which have been approved by Kent County Council, will be undertaken by gas network operator SGN, making the road impassable from July 24 until an estimated completion date of September 1.

New plastic piping is reportedly being laid to replace the old gas mains, to ensure that customers will continue to receive a “safe and reliable gas supply”, the company said.

Works are also scheduled to begin on May 29 in Sandown Park, Sandown Close, Sandown Grove and Swallow Drive.

The closure in Pembury Road will take place between the junctions with the A21/A228 and the junction with Sandown Park.

The Cornford Lane junction into Hall’s Hole Road is also slated for closure over the same dates for related gasworks.

Hall’s Hole Road is a very popular route for drivers from the Hawkenbury area and those coming from the direction of East Sussex who wish to access the A264 and A21.

SGN has stated that diversion routes will be in place and access will be maintained for both residents and businesses. The company has reportedly written to residents to make them aware of the situation. The roadworks, however, will inevitably have a significant impact on local businesses, including the Tesco Superstore at Pembury.

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