Kent County Council has approved the closure of the level crossings at St Dunstan’s Street and at St Stephen’s Road all day on Sunday 5 March.
While permission would not usually be given for both these crossings to be closed simultaneously, there are exceptional reasons for granting this request from Network Rail for this one day:
- The closure of St Dunstan’s Street Crossing is required to permit the final stage of phase 1 of the Journey Time Improvement scheme to be delivered. The closure will enable Network Rail to deliver machinery and other technical equipment so that they can complete work on the section of railway line between Canterbury West and Chartham, and St Dunstan’s Street Crossing is the only viable access point from which this work can be delivered.
- The closure of St Stephen’s Road Crossing has been scheduled for a long time so that Network Rail can repair the damaged road surface at the crossing. This requires specialised equipment that has been booked for use on this date, and any deferral would result in significant delay to this work being delivered.
Mr Matthew Balfour, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “Kent County Council apologises for any inconvenience caused by the longer diversionary routes in operation on Sunday 5 March. The closures at both St Dunstan’s and St Stephen’s level crossings are essential to provide access for urgent work to be done when the railway line is shut on this date between Ashford International and Ramsgate via Canterbury West.”