A half a million-pound scheme to improve the pavements and roads around Tonbridge Station will start later this month.
The project, funded by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, starts on July 25 and will see:
• widening the footpath leading to the station entrance to create more space for pedestrians
• new signalled crossings on Waterloo Road and Quarry Hill Road
• extending the bus stop outside Lidl, on Quarry Hill Road, to fit three buses without blocking traffic
• resurfacing the road; and the pavement using the same materials as the high street
• new protective bollards around the station entrance
KCC intends to do most of the disruptive works over the five weeks of the summer holidays, though works are expected to continue beyond this date.
Traffic flows will be maintained throughout the works, with temporary traffic lights only when required.
These may be in place between 7am to 7pm to keep traffic moving in both directions.
The Quarry Hill Road bus route will be unaffected, but a temporary bus stop will relocate up and down the road during construction.
An overnight diversion will be in place, for five nights, to resurface Quarry Hill Road and the relevant junctions.
This is programmed towards the end of the construction to ensure minimal disruption to traffic.
The works will start outside of Lidl and then once complete will move back towards the station entrance itself.
KCC cabinet member for highways Mike Whiting 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.
“I appreciate these works will be disruptive to residents and visitors to the town and I can only apologise for this, but I hope the improvements will lead to more people using environmentally friendly types of travel.”
To follow the progress of the scheme and to see plans, visit www.kent.gov.uk/tonbridgestation