Published: 09:30, 21 April 2017 |
Updated: 09:34, 21 April 2017
Traffic chaos is expected across Canterbury when the city’s three main level crossings are shut on the same day.
Council officers have given the green light for barriers to remain down for 24 hours in St Dunstan’s Street, St Stephen’s Road and Sturry.
All three crossings will shut for unconnected reasons on Sunday, June 4, sending motorists on diversion routes around the city.
The train line between Ashford and Ramsgate, via Canterbury West, will also be closed throughout the day for maintenance works.
KCC says while permission would not typically be given to close the crossings simultaneously, there are “exceptional reasons” for granting the request from Network Rail.
The St Dunstan’s Street crossing will close to enable Network Rail to deliver machinery and technical equipment to complete work on the line between Canterbury West and Chartham.
It says the crossing is the only viable access point from which the work can be delivered.
The crossing in St Stephen’s Road will shut so work to repair the damaged road surface - which started earlier this year - can be completed.
Kent County Council says the work requires “specialised equipment” which has been booked for use on that day, saying “any deferral would result in significant delay to this work being delivered”.
Sturry’s level crossing will shut for “scheduled maintenance work”.
A KCC spokeman said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the longer diversionary routes in operation on Sunday, June 4, but accept that access is required by Network Rail at these crossings on this date for urgent work to be undertaken.
“It is also preferable to have all the engineering work required at these crossings to be undertaken on one day when the railway line is shut between Ashford International and Ramsgate, via Canterbury West, rather than to spread this essential maintenance work over several days, requiring separate line closures.”
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
This is a brand new online resource covering every aspect of owning and improving a home in Kent and Medway.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Neil Miller, Hever Castle head gardener is new gardening blogger.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.