Swanscombe Residents Anxiously Await Updates on A228 Galley Hill Road Reopening Following Year-Long Closure

Residents of Swanscombe are eagerly awaiting updates on the reopening of the A228 Galley Hill Road, which has been closed for over a year due to a major landslide. Tonight, they will have the opportunity to hear the latest progress on the road’s repairs at a meeting hosted by the Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents Association.

The frustration of the community was evident earlier this month when more than 50 residents held a protest to draw attention to the lack of action taken since the road’s closure on April 10, 2020. The A226 Galley Hill Road has been shut down, causing significant disruptions to daily life for residents and businesses in the area.

The meeting, which will take place at the Swanscombe Heritage Hall on Craylands Lane, will be attended by key figures such as Toby Howe, highways manager for Kent County Council, and Dartford MP Gareth Johnson. Attendees will also include representatives from the police.

During the last meeting in January, residents were informed of four potential solutions to fix the road, including implementing traffic lights or building a retaining wall to strengthen the road. However, progress has been slow due to legal issues related to gaining access to the land.

Last week, some progress was finally seen as a digger was spotted at the site and intrusive investigations began. This was made possible by the landowner granting legal access to the southern side of the road. However, access to the northern side is still being negotiated with two other landowners.

Peter Harman, chairman of the SGRA, expressed relief at the progress made so far, stating, “It’s good to see that at last, we have some further progress with Galley Hill Road. The SGRA will continue following this up to get the road fixed as soon as possible.”

The closure of the A228 Galley Hill Road has had a significant impact on the community, causing financial, emotional, and physical strain. Residents are hopeful that with the latest updates, the road will be reopened as soon as possible.

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