Road Maintenance in Your Area
Road Surface Improvement (Resurfacing)
A227 Bates Hill, Ightham
When we plan to carry out the work and how long it will take
This is to let you know that, as part of the on-going maintenance and improvement of the highway network, Kent County Council will be resurfacing the A227 Bates Hill/Tonbridge Road in Ightham from where Bates Hill transitions into The Street until shortly after the 50mph speed gateway south of Ismays Road.
These road surface improvement works are programmed to start on Friday 17th June and should take 8 nights to complete. Works are planned to take place on weeknights only with no working planned on Saturday or Sunday nights. It is possible this could change as the scheme progresses should any inclement weather conditions or unforeseen situations impact our progress. These activities will be undertaken between the hours of 20:00 and 06:00 each night. Outside of these hours, the road will remain open for traffic.
During these essential works it will be necessary to close the A227 between Back Lane and Fen Pond Road so that we can carry out the works safely for both the workforce and road users. Additionally, there may be some access restrictions on Mill Lane, Sevenoaks Road and Rectory Lane.
If you reside in the fully closed area of the A227 or one of these adjoining side roads, please speak to our on- site staff who will advise you on the best access route to your property.
Our primary diversion route will be via A25 Borough Green Road / A25 Sevenoaks Road / A227 Western Road / A227 Wrotham Road / A227 Borough Green Road / A227 Wrotham Bypass / A20 London Road / B2016 Seven Mile Lane / A26 Tonbridge Road / A26 Hadlow Road East / A26 Hadlow Road / Yardley Park Road / A227 Shipbourne Road / A227 Tonbridge Road and vice versa.
To account for the low bridge on Seven Mile Lane, a diversion route will also be in place for vehicles over 4.4m/14’6” and this will be via A25 Borough Green Road / A25 Sevenoaks Road / A227 Western Road / A227 Wrotham Road / A227 Borough Green Road / A227 Wrotham Bypass / A20 London Road / A228 Ashton Way / A228 Malling Road / A26 Tonbridge Road / A26 Hadlow Road East / A26 Hadlow Road / Yardley Park Road / A227 Shipbourne Road / A227 Tonbridge Road and vice versa.
What we plan to do
We will remove the existing road surface by a method known as milling. The complete area will then be swept by a mechanical sweeper to ensure the prepared surface is clean and free of dust and debris. If required, the existing manhole covers, and rain water gully gratings will be adjusted or replaced to the correct level before the new surface is laid. Please note that this operation is noisy and can be prolonged as it is carried out using pneumatic hand tools.
The new surfacing material will then be laid using a machine called a paver and compacted with a roller. This is a quick process and dependant on the design will either be a one or two-layer process. Finally, following completion of the surfacing, all associated road markings will be re-painted. The road will then be re-opened. Please note that during the whole process, audible warning reversing sirens will be heard along with flashing beacons; this is a health and safety requirement and cannot be turned off but will be kept to a minimum.
Why are we doing this work?
The majority of capital investment in maintaining our highway network is funded through various capital maintenance grants from the Government. To make best use of that finite resource we carry out condition surveys and inspections, using a combination of mechanical and visual means, together with an assessment of local needs, and that helps to inform an annual capital works programme that balances value for money and our duties under the Highways Act 1980. Our approach to highways asset management is based on using robust data to inform how we invest the funds available, so that we spend the right amount of money at the right time to reduce the cost of maintenance overall. Further details of our works programmes and our approach to highways asset management more generally can be found at www.kent.gov.uk.
How you can help us
It is inevitable that residents and businesses near the works will experience some disruption and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused, but we will try to keep this to a minimum.
Access to properties within the closed section of road may need to be restricted for a short period whilst work is carried out in front of each property and across road junctions but will be provided as soon as it is safe to do so. Traffic Management operatives will be available at all our closure points to advise motorists on the most appropriate access route to their properties on each given shift.
We need your help to make sure the work is done as quickly as possible and to the best possible quality. If your vehicle is usually parked on the carriageway, please make sure you park it somewhere else away from the site whilst the works are carried out, so the road is clear for us to resurface. For your safety and the safety of our workforce, please drive carefully and slowly through the roadworks.
How to contact us?
If you need more information, you can visit the KCC Resurfacing Updates website to view our programme & updates, to find out how we look after the roads throughout Kent or report any faults you find on our roads. You can also view our diversion/permit details at the One.Network website. Alternatively, you can call us on 03000 41 81 81.
For details of roadworks, please see the One.Network website.