We know that during the coronavirus outbreak, our communities will rely on us now more than ever to keep them safe and warm. The safety of our communities and our employees will remain our number one priority in the weeks and months ahead.
We need to carry out emergency gas network upgrades in your area. This needs to go ahead now, rather than wait until the pandemic passes, to ensure your local community continues to receive a safe and reliable gas supply.
In consultation with Kent County Council, we’ll start our project on Monday 11 January and expect this work to last approximately 8 weeks.
Our engineers will start in Lamberts Road at the junction with Longfield Road and progress southwards onto Liptraps Lane to the junction with Apple Tree Lane. For everyone’s safety, we will need to implement a one-way system around our work area.
Motorists can continue travelling northbound along Liptraps Lane and onto Lamberts Road. However, motorists will be unable to travel southbound and will be diverted via Longfield Road, A21, A264 and Sandhurst Road.
Motorists will also be unable to turn left from Home Farm Lane and Oakwood Rise onto Liptraps Lane.
Bus stops adjacent to Apple Tree Lane will be suspended throughout. We've been liaising with bus company Arriva regarding our project. Arriva have asked passengers wishing to travel from Longfield Road/North Farm to Tunbridge Wells, to please board the 277 service heading towards Pembury Hospital around our diversion. The 277 service will also provide return journeys to Sherwood and the town centre while our closure is in place. For full information, please visit the bus operator's website.
We’re working closely with UK Government and public health bodies to make sure we work safely and in line with expert advice during the coronavirus outbreak. We have extra safety precautions in place to protect our colleagues and our customers from catching or spreading the virus as we carry out our safety-critical project.
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.