Mount Pleasant Road Tunbridge Wells

Our project will improve cycle facilities, reduce the road width and create more pedestrian space with a new public square.

We will improve pedestrian access around the Civic Centre complex on Mount Pleasant Road, from Monson Road to Church Road.

The project will:

  • have 6 phases
  • reduce the width of the road
  • install pedestrian paving across Mount Pleasant Road, Monson Road and York Road
  • create a public square for use on occasions such as Remembrance Sunday
  • improve public seating and cycle facilities.

We support Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s Five Year Plan and its commitment to improve public spaces in the town centre.

Our project should reduce traffic through Mount Pleasant Road and give priority to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.

The project will have 6 phases and we expect to finish on 31 October 2019.

Phase 1

28 January – 18 March 2019

We closed the Civic Way as we temporarily removed parking bays. We used temporary traffic lights for 1 night as we removed the pedestrian island on Monson Road, by the Civic Way exit.

Phase 2

3 March 2019

Works took place to position a raised granite table within a road closure on Monson Road.

Phase 3

27 April to 31 October 2019

Widened the footway on the eastern side of Mount Pleasant Road, and will temporarily relocate the bus stops until Mount Pleasant Road is reopened.

Phase 4

7 July to 31 October 2019

Widened the footway on the western side of Mount Pleasant Road, and will temporarily relocate the bus stops until Mount Pleasant Road is reopened.

Phase 5

8 July to 31 October 2019

Mount Pleasant Road

There will be a temporary road closure of Mount Pleasant Road between Church Road/Crescent Road junction and York Road to build 2 granite table features and resurface the road.

It was due to open on 2 September, but the closure has been extended. This is because of many underground services needing to be reinstated properly, including a collapsed Southern Gas Network trench, and constraints from Network Rail on how to excavate the existing concrete road because of how close it is to the rail tunnel.

All existing buses will stop from this area with alternative temporary bus stops in Church Road, Crescent Road, Mount Pleasant Road south, Lansdowne Road and Calverley Road.

Every effort will be made to open Mount Pleasant Road sooner if at all possible.

A temporary road closure will take place at the junction of Mount Pleasant Road and Monson Road on the 24 and 25 October between the hours of 8pm and 5am to complete the resurfacing of the road. Vehicles exiting Dudley Road and Newton Road will be able to use Mount Pleasant Road heading north towards Grosvenor Road during this period.

Church Road West junction with London Road

Concrete blocks have been placed across Church Road to stop vehicles from heading towards the junction with London Road. Due to the works on Mount Pleasant Road, bus operators have changed their routes to exit from Church Road in a westerly direction and then turn right into London Road.

The traffic signals do not provide a dedicated right turn phase on its own and the amount of buses needing to turn right would cause severe congestion if these temporary arrangements were not put in place. It is understood that this causes further congestion in Major York’s Road and beyond.

This temporary traffic management will be removed on 25 October 2019.

Phase 6

12 August to 31 October 2019

York Road will be temporarily closed at the junction with Mount Pleasant Road to build a granite raised table and change the pavement paving blocks. At the same time the slight carriageway collapse in Mount Pleasant Road will be investigated and fixed.

To accommodate two way traffic flow in York Road, approximately 9 parking bays will be suspended.

York Road and Suffolk Mews residents will be able to use Crescent Road car park free of charge between 4pm and 10am, daily by displaying their zone parking permit while the road is closed.

To access Crescent Road vehicles will have to turn around either at the end of York Road/ Mount Pleasant Road or at the Suffolk Mews access road.

You can email traffic.schemes@kent.gov.uk with any questions about the project.