Grosvenor Bridge improvement scheme


  • 3 January 2016: Work starts
  • January - Autumn 2017: Work taking place and the road will be closed to vehicles.


Some of the work will be carried out at night. This is because we need to work on the railway line and can't do so when train services are operational. We have been working closely with Network Rail to ensure that train services are not affected by our works.

When working at night, we will make every effort to keep noise and disruption to local residents to a minimum.

We will be reconstructing the large concrete piers which support the bridge and the road that it carries.

Temporary supports will be put in place to support the bridge until the new piers are fully reconstructed. These supports are not strong enough to support vehicular traffic but pedestrians will be able to use the bridge safely while we are working on it.

Once the bridge is fully supported, the temporary piers will be demolished and new piers will be constructed. When it is safe to do so, we will work on both piers at the same time to minimise the duration of the work.

We are also investigating the possibility of replacing the surfacing of the bridge, and this may be done before the bridge being re-opened. This will not require the road to be closed for longer than originally planned.

Diversion route

During the work, traffic will be diverted from Grosvenor Bridge onto Upper Grosvenor Road, Grosvenor Road, Victoria Road, Camden Road and finally onto Quarry Road. The diversion route will be clearly signposted.

View a map of the diversion route (PDF, 583.3 KB)

Check traffic information before you travel and consider using sustainable transport, such as bus transport or car share, to reduce congestion.

Grosvenor Bridge is supported by 2 abutments and 4 piers – 2 concrete piers and 2 brick piers. Over the years, the condition of the concrete piers has deteriorated and they have now reached the end of their serviceable life.

To ensure that the bridge remains safe and able to accommodate the volume and type of traffic that uses it, the 2 concrete piers need to be replaced.

If you have further questions about the scheme, you can:

  • follow us on Twitter @KentHighways for up to date information about the work
  • log an enquiry online, selecting 'roadworks' as the fault category and 'information on roadworks' as the fault type. A member of the Bridges, Tunnels and Structures team will then contact you directly to discuss your enquiry further.
  • call 03000 41 81 81 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). If one of our agents is unable to help, they will log an enquiry and arrange for a member of the Bridges, Tunnels and Structures team to contact you directly.