Kingsferry Bridge to close again this weekend for emergency repairs

A Southeastern train travelling over the Kingsferry Bridge between Sheppey and mainland Kent
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Road, rail and pedestrian travel in part of the county will once again see disruption in the coming days due to another full closure of the Kingsferry Bridge. As part of ongoing repair works, the key crossing between Sheppey and mainland Kent will shut for the entirety of the coming weekend, starting from 10pm on Friday (July 12).

This follows the prior closure which took place for over a week between June 28 and Sunday 7 and caused travel chaos on Sheppey and in Sittingbourne. Coinciding with two other major projects in the area, drivers faced multiple days of heavy traffic and painstaking delays as a result.

The coming weekend closure is the second of three phases of works at the Kingsferry Bridge. These have been scheduled to allow for the replacement of the 40 steel ropes that lift and lower the bridge deck for maritime traffic.

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Once closed on Friday night, the crossing will not re-open until 5am on Monday (July 15). Last trains will depart the Island at around midnight on Friday, and will begin to run again from approximately 5.43am on Monday.

While the bridge is closed to railway travel, buses will replace services between Sheerness, Queenborough, Kemsley and Sittingbourne stations. However, Swale station will not be served when Kingsferry Bridge is closed due to the lengthy diversion route that buses would need to take to serve the station.

Road users meanwhile are advised to use the Sheppey Crossing but to leave more time for travel as journeys are expected to take longer. It is also worth noting that motorbikes and mopeds under 50cc, as well as horses, are not allowed to use the Sheppey Crossing.

Therefore, a shuttle bus with a trailer will be operating to transport pedestrians, cyclists, motorbikes and mopeds under 50cc, running once an hour on the hour, but capacity will be limited. Pick-up and drop-off points can be found on the Sheppey Way off the Queenborough Road and Cowstead Corner roundabout on the Sheppey side, and on Sheppey Way by the Old Ferry Road roundabout for the mainland side.

The next full closure of the Kingsferry Bridge after this weekend will take place between Friday, July 19 and Sunday, July 28. Between the closures, traffic management will also be in place on the bridge until Friday, August 2.

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