Town centre road closes for five days

Pam Mills

Kent Highways, a division of the county council, is completing a ‘pothole blitz’ on Grove Hill Road, which runs up from the railway station alongside Hoopers. Work started on Monday [September 10] and is scheduled to be completed on or before Friday [September 14].

On Twitter, Cllr Tracy Moore, of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, warned motorists to ‘avoid Grove Hill Road for four days if possible’.
A section is closed from the junction of Camden Hill to the junction of Guildford Road. An alternative route is via Prospect Road, Calverley Road, Crescent Road and Mount Pleasant.

It follows summer works along Vale Road and Nevill Street, which led to queues of traffic through the town centre.
Kent County Council has said the latest closure is necessary for carriageway patching to be completed.

This is all part of their £7.5million Pothole Blitz which has seen more than 50,000 repairs completed since March 1.
The authority has prioritised roads that are most used or have the most severe issues.

County Hall cabinet member Mike Whiting said: “People often assume these are quick and temporary fixes – and in emergency situations they will be to ensure the road is safe – but I can assure you these are revisited for a permanent fix.

“All this work isn’t to suggest we don’t need people’s help in reporting potholes. We can’t be everywhere all the time and so I’d encourage people to go online and report potholes so we can arrange for them to be filled.”

To report a pothole, visit

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