We need to carry out safety-critical gas network upgrades in the Calverley Road area of Tunbridge Wells.
Our essential work will ensure your community receives a continued and reliable gas supply for many years to come. We’re working closely with UK Government and public health bodies to make sure we carry out our project in line with all current coronavirus safety guidance.
Following close consultation with Kent County Council, we’ve agreed to start work in Calverley Road and Prospect Road on Monday 29 June. Our project will be carried out in two phases lasting a total of approximately 22 weeks.
Phase one - approximately 10 weeks
From Monday 29 June, we'll be working in Prospect Road between its junctions with Prince's Street and Calverley Road.
To ensure everyone's safety, we need to close Prospect Road around our site. A signed diversion will be in place via Grove Hill Road, Mount Pleasant Road, Crescent Road and Calverley Road. Access to North Street and Park Street will be maintained for residents only.
We'll also be working at Calverley Road's junction with Bayhall Road and Pembury Road.
We'll need to install temporary traffic lights at this junction to ensure traffic can flow safely around this section of works. The signals will be manually controlled between 7am and 7pm to minimise disruption.
The bus stop on Bayhall Road opposite the Salvation Army Church will be suspended while our temporary lights are in position.
Phase two - approximately 12 weeks
Once we've completed both sections of phase one, we will be working further along Calverley Road between its junctions with Prospect Road and Calverley Park Gardens.
During this time, we'll need to temporarily close the westbound lane of Calverley Road, around our work area. A signed diversion will be in place via Prospect Road, Grove Hill Road, Mount Pleasant Road and Crescent Road for motorists heading towards the town centre.
Pedestrian access to homes and businesses will be maintained throughout our project.
We have extra safety precautions in place to protect our colleagues and our communities from the virus. Our colleagues will be keeping to social distancing guidelines on our sites and we’d ask communities to keep their distance too. Click here for more information about our coronavirus response.
We understand that people can get frustrated by roadworks. However, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means that when our work in Tunbridge Wells is complete, residents and businesses will continue to enjoy the benefits of safe and reliable gas supply for many years to come.
Project update: Monday 17 August
Our engineers have made great progress and we're working to install the final sections of plastic pipe in Calverley Road, between its junctions with Prospect Road and Calverley Park Gardens.
Calverley Road remains closed at this time to westbound motorists around our work area.
Several factors have contributed to us progressing more quickly than expected with our gas network upgrades, and we're pleased to say that we'll be able to safely reopen Calverley Road on Monday 24 August following the final installations and a period of reinstatement.
Our engineers were able to use a new insertion technique allowing greater lengths of new plastic pipe to be inserted, plus, many of the service pipes feeding Calverley Road properties were found to be in good condition and did not require extensive engineering work to relay.
We need to return to the area at a later date to complete further upgrades between Calverley Park Gardens and Mount Pleasant Road. We'll be liaising closely with Kent County Council and the local community to schedule this work so that it minimises disruption.
We'd like to thank residents, businesses and road users for their continued patience and understanding while we've carried out this safety-critical gas network upgrade project in Tunbridge Wells.