Shared Space essential maintenance begins next week

The essential maintenance to Ashford’s Shared Space scheme in Bank Street begins next week.

The work is set to start on Tuesday (May 26) and last up until the end of October.

Maintenance is for much needed repairs to some unfortunate premature failure of the paving.

Broken and crumbling slabs will be replaced to the affected areas from the bottom of Bank Street leading up and round to Tufton Street.

The overall plan for the Shared Space makeover

The overall plan for the Shared Space makeover

Bus stops will be moved from Bank Street and relocated to Vicarage Lane for the duration of the project.

Taxi ranks will be relocated to Elwick Square during the first phase and will return to their normal place for the remainder of the scheme.

Phases are:
1. Elwick Square up to Queen Street.
2. The section in Tufton Street.
3. Finishing with the section from Queen Street up to Tufton Street.

Roger Wilkin, Kent County Council’s Director of Highways, Transportation and Waste, said: “The works will be carried out in three phases, intended to minimise the effect on local businesses and ensuring that deliveries will be able to continue during the works.

“Pedestrian access to properties will be maintained with works outside the entrances being carried out, where possible, when the shops are closed.

“Sections of Bank Street and Tufton Street will be closed to through traffic at different stages of the works.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these road works but the existing surface has worn out and become damaged and we want to provide a brand new surface, designed to last well into the future.”

The Shared Space will receive a makeover

The Shared Space will receive a makeover

Local diversions will be set up and signposted to assist drivers.

Disabled bays and taxi stands will be suspended in Tufton Street and Middle Street.

The Flume artwork which runs along Bank Street will be removed and replaced with granite paving slabs to match the rest of the scheme.

The Flume along Elwick Road will remain in place as it has not endured damage from vehicles.

The laminated slabs that were used to produce the feature are the source of the majority of damage leading to the necessary works and will be recycled into hard-core.

The replacement granite slabs will this time be laid on a bed of mortar rather than a sand base which will provide a durable base and allow for proper cleaning of the slabs, an issue that adversely affected the previous design.

Information on the scheme is on display at Ashford Gateway Plus, Church Road.

If you have an enquiry about any aspects of the roadworks, call 03000 418181, or email traffic.schemes@kent.gov.uk

Works requiring road closures will be done in two phases:

PHASE 1 – BANK STREET – will be closed from Tuesday 26 May 2015 onwards for an estimated period of 8 weeks or
until the works are completed.

The closure is from the junction with A292 Elwick Road/Elwick Square as far as the junction with Middle Street.

The alternative route is via A292 Elwick Road, Church Road, Tufton Street and Bank Street.

The One-way Order in respect of Bank Street will be suspended between the junctions with Middle Street
and Tufton Street.

The One-way Order in respect of Tufton Street will be suspended between the junctions with Bank Street and Church Road.

PHASE 2 – TUFTON STREET – will then be closed from the junction with Bank Street eastwards to the service road
adjacent to The Phoenix.

The date of this phase will follow on from the end of the Bank Street closure, with works for an estimated period
of four weeks.

The alternative route is via A292 Elwick Road, Church Road and Tufton Street

The One-way Order in respect of Tufton Street will be suspended from the point of closure to the junction with
Church Road.

The One-way Order in respect of Bank Street will be suspended between the junctions with Elwick Road and
Tufton Street to allow access/exit.

The dates of the phases will depend on weather and ground conditions. The exact dates will be notified to local businesses and residents, and will be signposted on site.

Due to the nature of these works, it will not be possible to re-open the road.

Shared Space essential maintenance begins next week was last modified: May 18th, 2015 by Thom Morris