Changes around Tonbridge railway station to finish at end of month

TRANSPORT HUB: Work began on improving the approach to Tonbridge station in July

Changes around Tonbridge railway station to finish at end of month

by Andy Tong | 15th November 2018

THE ‘majority’ of the work being carried out around Tonbridge railway station is set to be completed by the end of this month.

There will be five nights of disruption from November 28 to resurface the carriageways.

A Kent County Council [KCC] spokesperson admitted that there had been teething problems with the upgrade, which began on July 25, to improve the approach to the transport hub.

“Despite a number of issues cropping up it is anticipated the majority of the construction will be complete by the end of November,” he said.

The changes include widening pavements outside the station’s main entrance and at the bus stops in front of Lidl.

This will mean the loss of the bus stop outside the station and the creation of a new drop-off bay – along with protective bollards that the Counter Terrorism Police has recommended.

There will now be room for three buses on Quarry Hill Road, with a narrowing of the carriageway to accommodate stationery buses.

The county council said: “Tonbridge is the busiest train station in Kent and we need to improve access so that residents can continue to access the station safely. KCC appreciates these works are disruptive to residents and visitors to the town and we can only apologise for this.

“Contractors have now started works at the front of the station with the kerb line going in.

“Work will progress to fitting the new pavement and some remedial work on street lighting is required.”

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