Tonbridge station access improvements

We are renovating roads and footpaths around Tonbridge station. Work will continue until mid January 2019.

The improvements will include:

  • widening the footpath leading to the station entrance to create more space for pedestrians and cyclists
  • removing the bus stop outside the station and creating a new pick-up, drop-off area with direct access to station entrance
  • new protective bollards around the station forecourt (on advice from the Counter Terrorism Police)
  • new signalled crossings on Waterloo Road and Quarry Hill Road
  • extending the bus stop outside Lidl, on Quarry Hill Road, to fit 3 buses without blocking traffic
  • resurfacing the road and pavement with the same materials as the high street outside the station entrance.

The improvements will cost £500,000 and have been funded by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.

We are working with Southeastern, Network Rail and Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council to complete this project.

Formal decisions

The approval to progress the Tonbridge town centre improvements was taken by Kent County Council on 14th January 2015.

The decision by the SELEP Accountability Board to grant Local Growth Funding for the Tonbridge town centre improvements scheme was made on the 20th March 2015.

Tonbridge is the busiest train station in Kent and we need to improve access so that residents can continue to access the station safely.

We hope that the improvements will lead to more people using environmentally friendly types of travel.

The following plans show the highway improvements:

The main works have now finished, with just some minor adjustments taking place. Since the new traffic lights have been installed, some improvements have been identified to help drivers and pedestrians navigate the junction better:

  • yellow box markings in the road will be installed to discourage drivers from entering the junction if they do not have a clear exit
  • additional pedestrian push button displays will be installed to better indicate when it is safe to cross the roads to pedestrians.

These works will take place in March and should be completed in a day.

Additional cycle storage space on Barden Road is being planned by Southeastern for later this year.

Work times

Monday to Saturday: 7am – 7pm

No loud machinery will be used outside of these times. We're working with Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council to keep disruption to a minimum.

Some out-of-hours work, such as tarmacking, will take place and may require temporary diversions which will be clearly signposted.

Temporary traffic lights

At times, two-way temporary traffic lights may be set up from 7am to 7pm to keep traffic moving in both directions.

Funded by

The government Growth Deal provides money to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, funding projects which drive Kent’s economic and business growth.