Motorists’ face misery for 2 weeks, from Halfway to Sheerness.
Emergency water main works that could last upto 2 weeks, will continue to cause misery throughout the day if your trying to make your way in & out of Sheerness.
Engineers from “Clancy Docwra” have closed off one of the main routes into Sheerness. Sheerness High Street where it meets Halfway Road (over the canal bridge, near to Monkey Farm) will be closed for 2 weeks to repair, after Kent County Council closed the road yesterday (Wednesday) to allow Southern Water to carry out essential repairs to a damaged 11 inch main water which serves the town.
Engineers say that the pipe was damaged back in July, when Gas repairs were taking place during the summer.
The diversion route has caused misery on day 1 of the closure with a 10 mile diversion to replace a normal 5 minute journey. The diversion route takes drivers via Halfway Road, Minster Road, The Broadway (Minster), Marine Parade, The Broadway (Sheerness), Trinity Road, Cavour Road and Invicta Road.
The diversion caused major delays this morning (Thursday) and is expected again tomorrow morning and each evening. The diversion is causing delays to School busses travelling around the island and leaving for Sittingbourne schools.
Coach company Arriva said today: “We are expecting significant disruption to our services because of this.”
There will be no stopping at Cavour Road, Fire Station, Coronation Road, Sheerness Holiday Park, Powerstation Road, Danley Road, Halfway Road, Halfway Traffic Lights (both directions) and Queenborough Road.
The 360 and 362 services towards Minster and Leysdown will run via Brielle Way and Queenborough Road in both directions. Buses to and from Rushenden will also run via Brielle Way.
Stops on Halfway Road and Queenborough Road will not be served. Passengers at these stops wanting Queenborough or Rushenden should use the 368 bus and those wanting to go to Sheerness should use the 334 service.
Travel misery continues….
To add to the misery, Kent Highways is closing Brielle Way, the other entrance to Sheerness, over Friday night for bridge works at Blue Town.
Minster High Street and Back Lane is also being closed from 7am to 7pm tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday for road surfacing. A diversion will be in place.
Swale Cllr Cameron Beart (Conservative, Queenborough and halfway) today appealed for the Brielle Way closure to be postponed. He said: “I have this morning contacted Kent Highways to request that the planned closure of Brielle Way this weekend is postponed