13-week road closure to come into force outside St Martin’s Hospital in Canterbury with diversion in place

The closure will take place on the A257 near St Martin's Hospital
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Drivers are set to endure 13 weeks of travel disruption in Canterbury due to planned roadworks outside a city hospital. Kent County Council’s (KCC) highways department has confirmed a closure will take place on the A257 near St Martin’s Hospital, starting from Wednesday, July 24.

The busy road will shut between St Martin’s Hill, close to Chaucer House Care Home, and just east of Warwick Road, by the western entrance of the hospital. This stretch of the A257 Littlebourne Road is then scheduled to remain closed until Tuesday, October 22.

During this time, property developer Taylor Wimpey will be completing utility and connection works in the area through their assigned contractor, O’Halloran and O’Brien. Due to the high level of disruption these works are expected to cause, it has been confirmed the contractor is exploring alternate traffic management schemes for different phases of the project.

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Exact details of these alternative schemes are yet to be confirmed. While the road is shut, access to St Martin’s Hospital from Canterbury city centre will be impacted, with a diversion route to be established for both directions of travel.

Traffic will be diverted via the A257 St Martin's Hill, Longport, Lower Chantry Lane, A2050 New Dover Road, Dover Road, Dover Road Slip East On, A2 Dover Road, Barham Slip Eastbound Off, B2046 Box Iron Road, Adisham Road, High Street, A257 Canterbury Road, Wingham Road, High Street, The Hill, Canterbury Road, A257 Littlebourne Road and vice versa.

Pedestrian access will be maintained on the A257 Littlebourne Road during the planned closure.

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