Last year, Rye News reported on road works that were planned to take place on the A259 in three phases during 2018. The first phase was due to start in January but to date no work has taken place. The contractors A-One+, working on behalf of Highways England, have now informed local residents that ‘investigation works’ will take place from Monday February 12 until Saturday 24 February from 8pm to 6am each night.
The contractors have said that the A259 will be closed in both directions from Skinners Roundabout in Rye to the Brenzett Roundabout in Brookland. Access will be granted to residents living along the closed road but not for through traffic.
A-One+ have said that clearly signed diversions will be in place. The official detour, for those visitors not familiar with the roads and who are driving from Ashford, will be to Appledore then via Tenterden and Northiam. It’s a diversion of just under 25 miles in length – which adds an additional 17 miles to the journey. Obviously, if you are familiar with the local roads you can use Military Road, which only adds two miles to your journey.
Rye News have asked A-One+ for an update on the proposed second and third phases of the work, which was scheduled to take place in June along the stretch of A259 that runs through Rye and on to Hastings via Winchelsea. We are awaiting a response.
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