Roadworks and Closures


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Temporary Road Closure – Tilsden Lane, Cranbrook – from 11 May 2015 for up to 3 weeks.

The whole length of the road will be closed.

The alternative route is via Golford Road, New Pond Road, B2086 Mounts Hill/Cranbrook Road/Benenden Road.

The closure is necessary for desilting, cabling, clearing blockages and duct laying to be carried out by BT Openreach.

This bulletin contains public information and can be freely forwarded to any other road users who may be affected.  Every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, but no liability can be accepted for any changes or errors.

Road names are taken from the National Street Gazetteer on Elgin, with alternative names given where known.

For details of roadworks, please see

KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste: keeping you up to date with what’s happening on our roads – for more information visit or·


Road Closures Co-ordinator, West Kent Division

KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste

Aylesford Highway Depot

St Michael’s Close


ME20 7BU

( 03000 41 81 81 (24-hour Contact Centre)

Fax    : 03000 422833


Carriageway Repairs in Your Area – Road Surface Treatment A229 Hawkhurst Road, Cranbrook.

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 treating the surface of A229 Hawkhurst Road, Cranbrook between “Rose’s Farm” and Park Lane. The Surface Treatment work will start on 10th May, 2015 and should be completed in only 1 day. Working hours will be between 9:30am and 3:30pm. This type of work can be affected by bad weather, so if it is not possible for us to carry it out at this time, we will arrange a new date and let you know via a letter drop to your home. We will also put up signs along the road before we start showing the date we plan to start work.

What we plan to do

We will use a product called ‘Surface Dressing’ to treat the road. Surface dressing is quick to apply, which means less disruption to road users, residents, local businesses and the emergency services. It is a cost effective way of prolonging the life expectancy of the road before any major repair works are required. It also benefits from having a low carbon footprint. Surface dressing is applied directly onto the existing road in two stages. The first is the application of a hot binder which is sprayed onto the road surface and the second is the laying of chippings onto the binder. (Sometimes we lay 2 or more layers of chippings depending on the design). These layers seal the surface to prevent water penetration, restore texture and improve skid resistance. The carriageway is then rolled using a rubber wheeled roller. This is to ensure the chippings are properly embedded and stick into the binder permanently. The continued action of the traffic also helps to embed the chippings as well. To make sure all the binder is covered with chippings, we lay enough onto the road to ensure a full covering, and to make certain there are no gaps. There will be some loose chippings left, which is quite normal, and consequently we erect 20mph speed limit signs to slow vehicles down as they pass over the new surface. These signs will be on site until the road has settled down and all programmed sweeps have been carried out.

Generally after seven days of the completion of the surfacing the road markings will be reinstated.

How you can help? During these essential works, traffic using this road will be controlled using temporary traffic control. Any pavements will remain open at all times. It is inevitable that residents and businesses near the works will experience some disruption, but we will try to keep these to a minimum. Access to properties will need to be restricted for a short period while work is carried out in front of each property. If you have any particular access needs, please let the workforce on site know.

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.

If you need more information, please call us on 03000 41 81 81. You can also visit our website to find out how we look after the roads throughout Kent or report any faults you find on our roads.

For your safety and the safety of our workforce, please drive carefully and slowly through the roadworks.