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A249 Update

Written by on 22 January 2016

A249 To Remain Closed

Gordon Henderson MP has learnt that the A249 closure is to continue.

Gordon Henderson today sent an urgent email to Andrew Jones MP Roads Minister.


Dear Andrew

Following the email I sent to you earlier in the week, I am drawing to your attention that the A249 north bound is still closed. Please see below the most recent update, which I feel emphasises the lack of urgency to which I referred in my earlier email.

As you can see a further survey will be undertaken next Tuesday, but I fail to see why that survey cannot be undertaken immediately.

You will see also that no work is proposed over this weekend and that no timeframe for repairs will be decided until after a report on the investigation is received next Friday. That means at least another week of roads chaos in my constituency. Why will the report take that long to deliver?

Finally, local people are asking why Highways England have not put in an alternative traffic management system, such as putting a contraflow on the southbound carriageway or opening a single lane on the northbound carriageway. I have no answer to those questions!

I would be grateful for any help you can give in getting Highways England to give repairing the A249 the priority it deserves.

Best Ever


Update from Highways England:

A further survey will be carried out next Tuesday, 26 January.

We expect to receive a report next Friday, 29 January in respect of all the investigations that have been carried out to determine what repairs are necessary. We will then set a timeframe which will take into account what work is required and how long the work will take.

No work will be taking place at the weekend. We will review the situation at the end of next week and I’ll provide you with a further update.

The road will remain closed for a foreseeable future until we are satisfied that it can be reopened safely.

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Reader's opinions
  1. Craig Ron Jnr Reeves   On   22 January 2016 at 16:17

    What a joke they only work half a day highways for England can’t sort out operation stack and now they causing missure to everyone in sittingbourne and sheppey give them a clap

  2. Ckp Ground Works Kent   On   22 January 2016 at 17:44

    We was told they are working around the clock on this.
    Ill I’ve seen is diggers parked up and dumper know one on site working day or night time it’s beyond a joke. ……

  3. Carly Fox   On   22 January 2016 at 18:12

    Could Gordon Henderson maybe pick up a phone and call this guy rather than just saying its ‘important’ yet just sends another email…..emails are ignored!!! This is a major issue for everyone on the island as its our only route off!!!

  4. Paul Cripps   On   22 January 2016 at 21:43

    I think Gordon Henderson should ring readymix and get them to send some bloody concrete, and just fill the poxy hole in !

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