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7 month roadworks

Reported via desktop in the Abandoned Materials (NH) category anonymously at 10:06, Tuesday 21 May 2024

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 6000551.

Why do you think it is acceptable to reduce the London bound capacity of the A21 here by 50% for 7 months with only the minimum information given? What about the unnecessary pollution and delays caused by this work? And approaching the peak summer season too. Why are ee unable to report this on the main fix my street website?

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  • Thank you for making your report,

    The works at this location are put in place to replace the bridge bearings on the western abutment wall of the A21 Quarry Hill.

    There are many factors involved in implimenting works of this scale, such as organising sufficient traffic management, while also ensuring that appropriate scaffolding and safety measures are in place, to ensure that the roads are still kept safe while also being safe for our workforce.

    These works requires the removal of existing concrete reinforcement to allow for full access to the existing bearings, and the bridge will need to be temporarily lifted by a few millimetres to allow allow the existing bearings to be disengaged and removed.

    While the bridge is in this temporary state there will be 24/7 lane closures on the overbridge that carries the A26 southbound between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.

    We will need to rebuild the wall and bearing shelf which required significant concrete and steel work. Once this is done we can then install the new bearings.

    Once everything is confirmed as being installed correctly the bridge can then be lowered again and remove the scaffolding along with the traffic management measures that had been put into place reopening the A21 and A26 to full capacity.

    We always try to complete works as fast as possible while remaining safe. We have increased the amount of days per week that works will be undertaken in an effort to reduce the time that these works are ongoing.

    I hope this information helps and if you require any further details please contact us at

    Kind Regards,

    National Highways.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by National Highways at 15:16, Tuesday 4 June 2024

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