Fury as three bridges closed on same day

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

Vil­lagers liv­ing around Maid­stone found them­selves trapped on Sun­day when Kent High­ways shut three bridges.

The cross­ings at East Far­leigh, Te­ston and Wa­ter­ing­bury were all closed to traf­fic for level cross­ing main­te­nance by Net­work Rail.

One res­i­dent who came up against the barricades was Jacky Tay­lor of West Far­leigh.

The 68-year-old was driv­ing home with her hus­band af­ter spend­ing the night away when she en­coun­tered the road blocks. She said: “I’d seen an ad­vance no­tice about East Far­leigh a few weeks ago and then last week no­ticed Te­ston was be­ing closed so I thought I’d be clever and try to cross at Wa­ter­ing­bury. But that was closed, too. I couldn’t be­lieve it.

“It ef­fec­tively closed off three vil­lages - it was ridicu­lous plan­ning. I have emailed Kent High­ways com­plain­ing about the lack of thought.

“There weren’t even diver­sions. If you don’t know your way around here you’d be stuck. I saw lots of cars giv­ing up and turn­ing round.

“Luck­ily, I re­turned to East Far­leigh and pleaded with the rail­way work­ers who let me through. I re­ally don’t know what Kent High­ways were think­ing, al­low­ing this. The work should have been stag­gered over three week­ends.”

Wa­ter­ing­bury bridge, at Bow Hill, and East Far­leigh bridge, in Far­leigh Lane were shut from 1am on Sun­day un­til 4am on Mon­day. They are both due to be closed again from 11pm on Satur­day un­til 3.15am next Mon­day.

Te­ston bridge, in Te­ston Lane was closed from 8am to 6pm on Sun­day to al­low for a cross­ing in­spec­tion.

The bridge at East Far­leigh

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