Half Marathon Traffic 22nd February

Traffic information

Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon, Sunday 22nd February 2015 at 9am.

Welcome to our Half Marathon traffic management page. Whether you are visiting this page having seen one of our advance warning signs around the course, or are an interested competitor or spectator, we hope that we can explain what will be happening on the roads around Tunbridge Wells during our event. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

In association with Kent Police and Kent County Council, we are putting in place a series of traffic management measures which will lead to certain junctions being closed or diversions instigated for a short period while the runners go past. Essential measures have been put in place to improve the safety of runners, drivers and race officials, and to improve the flow of traffic around the town during the event. Expect some disruption and delays between 09.00am – 12.00am. Some junctions will only be closed for 10 to 20 minutes, while others may be affected for up to 2 hours. Closures are, however, being kept to an absolute minimum to avoid disruption, but are essential for the safety of runners and drivers. The closures and diversions are detailed fully below.

We hope that residents will make alternative travel arrangements if affected, and come to support the race and runners taking part in the town’s biggest mass-participation sporting event.

Traffic management summary

The course is a single lap anti-clockwise loop, starting and finishing in Southborough, and passing through Bidborough, Penshurst, Fordcombe, Langton Green and Tunbridge Wells.
The southern section of the course is likely to be the most congested, and is detailed in this map.

Northbound traffic will be stopped on the A26 St John’s Road to allow the race to start, and will be allowed to continue after about 10 minutes.

Traffic will not be permitted to join the course from roads within the circuit while the main bulk of runners is passing, and will also not be allowed to turn into these side roads from the clockwise carriageway of the circuit.

Road closures

The following roads will be closed by statutory order (with approximate timings given for the duration of the closure):

Junction Detail of Restrictions Approx Timing
A26 London Road j/w
B2176 Bidborough Ridge
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0900 to 1000
Darnley Drive j/w
St Lawrence Avenue
Road closed southbound 0900 to 1000
Woodland Way j/w
B2176 Bidborough Ridge
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0900 to 1000
B2176 Bidborough Ridge j/w
Gate Farm Road
No right turn onto B2176 0905 to 1010
B2176 Bidborough Ridge j/w
High Street
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0905 to 1010
B2176 Penshurst Road j/w
Mill Court
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0915 to 1015
B2176 Penshurst Road j/w
Haysden Lane
No right turn onto B2176 0915 to 1015
B2176 Penshurst Road j/w
Barden Road
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0915 to 1015
B2176 Rogues Hill j/w
Poundsbridge Lane
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0915 to 1015
B2188 Fordcombe Road j/w
Leigh Road
No right turn onto B2188 0915 to 1015
B2188 Fordcombe Road j/w
The Warren
No right turn onto B2188 0920 to 1100
B2188 Fordcombe Road j/w
Glebelands
No right turn onto B2188 0920 to 1100
Fordcombe Road j/w
Grove Road
No right turn onto B2188 0920 to 1100
B2188 Fordcombe Road j/w
Smarts Hill
No right turn onto B2188 0920 to 1100
B2188 New Road j/w
service road
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0920 to 1100
B2188 Smarts Hill j/w
Smarts Hill (to Spotted Dog PH)
No right turn onto B2188 0920 to 1100
B2188 Spring Hill j/w
Sandfield Road
No right turn onto B2188 0920 to 1100
B2188 Fordcombe Road j/w
The Lane
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0920 to 1100
B2188 Fordcombe Road j/w
Chafford Lane
No right turn onto B2188 0920 to 1100
B2188 Fordcombe Road j/w
Old House Lane
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0920 to 1100
B2188 Fordcombe Road j/w
A264 Ashurst Road
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A264 Ashurst Road j/w
A264 Langton Road
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
The Green (The Hare crossroads)
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Broom Lane
Left turn only onto A264 0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Salisbury Road
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
First Street
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Stonewall Park
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Farnham Lane
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Barrow Lane
Left turn only onto A264 0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Newlands
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Holmewood Ridge
No right turn onto A264 0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Dornden Drive
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Coach Road
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Tea Garden Lane
No right turn onto A264 0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Rusthall Road
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Bishops Down Road
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
Mount Ephraim j/w
Molyneux Park Road
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
Mount Ephraim j/w
Boyne Park
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
Mount Ephraim j/w
Royal Chase
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
Mount Ephraim j/w
Culverden Street
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A26 St John’s Road j/w
Mount Ephraim and
A26 Grosvenor Road
No exit from roundabout onto Mount Ephraim 0945 to 1130
A26 St John’s Road j/w
Culverden Park
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A26 St John’s Road j/w
John Street
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A26 St John’s Road j/w
Culverden Down
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A26 St John’s Road j/w
Beltring Road
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A26 St John’s Road j/w
Southfield Road
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A26 St John’s Road j/w
Leighton Close
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A26 St John’s Road j/w
Floyd Close
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130

RoadClosedAll closed roads will be clearly indicated by normal statutory signage, and will also be manned by race officials for the duration of the event.

Diversions

The following diversions will be put into place to minimise the effect of the above road closures on normal traffic flow:

A264 Langton Green

The A264 will be closed eastbound (towards Langton Green) at the junction with the B2188 Fordcombe Road. All eastbound traffic will be directed in a clockwise direction around the Half Marathon course along the B2188 to Penshurst, and then the B2176 to Bidborough. Access to Tunbridge Wells will then be via the A26 southbound through Southborough.

There will be no restriction of access to the A264 westbound (towards East Grinstead) at the B2110 junction with the A264.

Mount Ephraim (between the Grosvenor Rd roundabout and the A26 London Road)

Mount Ephraim will be closed to westbound traffic between the Grosvenor Road roundabout and the junction with the A26 London Road. Traffic will be diverted through the town centre to rejoin Mount Ephraim via Church Road along the following route: Grosvenor Road, Upper Grosvenor Road, Meadow Road, Goods Station Road, Mount Pleasant Road and Church Road.

DiversionAll diversions will be easy to follow, with the routes being indicated by normal statutory signage.