Two level crossings will be closed in Canterbury on Sunday, June 4.

Two level crossings – at St Dunstan’s Street and at St Stephen’s Road in Canterbury  will be closed on Sunday, June 4.

Kent County Council has given permission to Network Rail to close the crossings throughout the day to carry out work.

While permission would not usually be given for both of these crossings to be closed simultaneously, there are exceptional reasons for granting this request from Network Rail for this one day.

Cllr Matthew Balfour

Network Rail says the closure of St Dunstan’s Street Crossing is needed for the final stage of phase one of the Journey Time Improvement scheme.

The closure will allow the company to deliver machinery and other technical equipment to complete work on the section of railway line between Canterbury West and Chartham.

St Dunstan’s Street Crossing is the only viable access point from which this work can be done.

The closure of St Stephen’s Road Crossing is required for Network Rail to repair the damaged road surface at the crossing.

This needs specialised equipment that has been booked for use on this date, and any date change would result in significant delay to this work being done.

Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Transport Matthew Balfour said: “Kent County Council apologises for any inconvenience caused by the longer diversionary routes in operation.

“The closures of these crossings are essential to provide access for urgent work to be undertaken to improve the line speed and to ensure that all the crossings are maintained to a safe standard

“It is also better to have all the engineering work at these crossings done on one day when the railway line is shut between Ashford International and Ramsgate via Canterbury West, rather than to spread this essential work over several different line closures.”

St Dunstan’s level crossing closure

The closure is from Sunday at 12.10am through until the early hours of Monday at approximately 2am.

A290 St Dunstan’s Street will be closed in the vicinity of St Dunstan’s Level Crossing, with no through access.
The alternative route for light vehicles is via A290 St Dunstan’s Street, London Road, A2050 Rheims Way and A290 St Peter’s Place and vice versa.

The alternative route for traffic unable to negotiate Westgate Towers is via North Lane or B2248 Station Road West, St Stephen’s Road, Kingsmead Road, A28 Tourtel Road, Military Road, Broad Street, Lower Bridge Street, Upper Bridge Street, Rhodaus Town, Pin Hill and A2050 Rheims Way.

An underpass is available for use by pedestrians, although this does have stairs.

The signed alternative pedestrian route is via Orchard Street, Queen’s Avenue, Whitehall Bridge Road, Whitehall Road and Linden Grove to St Dunstan’s Street.

St Stephen’s level crossing closure

The closure is from Sunday at 2.15am continuing through until the early hours of Monday at approximately 4.15am.

The alternative route is via St Stephen’s Road, Station Road West, St Dunstan’s Street, St Peter’s Place, A2050 Rheims Way, London Road, St Dunstan’s Street, Forty Acres Road, Beaconsfield Road and St Stephens Hill

The reverse route for traffic unable to negotiate Westgate Towers is via North Lane (or B2248 Station Road West), St Stephen’s Road, Kingsmead Road, A28 Tourtel Road, Military Road, Broad Street, Lower Bridge Street, Upper Bridge Street, Rhodaus Town, Pin Hill and A2050 Rheims Way

An alternative route for vehicles under 7.5 T is via St Stephen’s Hill, Downs Road, Tenterden Drive, Farleigh Road and Broad Oak Road.

A temporary 7.5 tonne weight restriction (except buses) will be imposed on Downs Road and Farleigh Road whilst St Dunstan’s Level Crossing and St Stephens Level Crossings are both closed.

The alternative pedestrian route is via St Stephen’s Court, St Stephen’s Path, Station Road West and St Stephen’s Road.

Two level crossings will be closed in Canterbury on Sunday, June 4. was last modified: May 19th, 2017 by Thom Morris