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Advance warning: Halling bridge maintenance works

Date: 12/05/2008           Category: Highways Traffic and Parking

Work to install a permanent single lane traffic system at Halling railway bridge is due to begin in August. A temporary system using traffic lights, barriers and signs has been in place for the past few months. It was installed after an inspection revealed the bridge was not suitable for vehicles weighing more than 7.5 tonnes except as part of an alternate-lane system. Medway Council’s temporary solution has allowed buses to continue to serve the village while the permanent plans were being drawn up. The new scheme, with high kerbing and properly-installed traffic lights, will take about six weeks to complete. While the work is being done, the bridge will be closed to all traffic, including buses, but pedestrians will be allowed to cross the bridge. School buses have continued to operate under the temporary single-lane arrangements by turning in Low Meadow. Since the work will be carried out during the school holidays, the bus companies will be using that same manoeuvre to continue to serve Halling while the permanent system is installed. To reduce the amount of traffic from Low Meadow and prevent conflict with reversing buses, Ferry road will be opened outside the medical centre - in one direction only - to allow cars to leave the estate. Heavy goods vehicles will be prevented from using this route by reducing the width of the road and there will be no entry into the estate along Ferry Road. For further information contact Medway Council’s Customer First team on 01634 333333.