Traffic and Parking in the neighbourhood of Telephone House, Tunbridge Wells

Department for Transport - A New Deal for Transport: Better for Everyone
"Many of our towns and cities face significant levels of congestion and pollution which place a burden on business and result in a poor quality of life for people who live and work there."

traffic situations Traffic situations - Interactive Map of the area surrounding the Telephone House, Tunbridge Wells
Telephone House Neighbours Association produced this study to explain, why residential York Road, Tunbridge Wells cannot cope with with yet more traffic and parking problems

parking Parking - Parking spaces in the vicinity of the Telephone House Development, Tunbridge Wells
A close look at this location map around the Telephone House Development reveals that large areas of former green spaces are tarmaced and serve as car parks.

letter 17.11.2000 - Letter to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, James Whitehorn, Highway Manager
So far there are no guarantees that residents and visitors to the proposed re-development will drive their vehicles to where the Highway Manager wants them.
TWBC 30.11.2000 - Response from TWBC - Kent Highways, Nick Baldwin, Senior Engineer
"The intention, as far as I am aware, was for all heavy demolition/construction traffic to be excluded completely from York Road."

letter 24.11.2000 - Letter to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Nigel Eveleigh, Head of Planning and Building Control Services
In anticipation of the two re-developments in Church Road, ie the Cinema block and Telephone House, I feel it would be appropriate for the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council to carry out a study of the traffic flow in this centre part of town and detail it in a report.
TWBC 06.04.2001 (after 5 months) - Response from TWBC - Head of Planning, Nigel Eveleigh
"The Borough Council is not in a position to commission further studies at this stage."

letter 14.12.2000 - Letter to Tunbridge Wells Highway Unit, Nick Baldwin, Senior Engineer
Apart from the reassuring comment, that demolition/construction traffic on the Telephone House site should be excluded completely from York Road your views on the parking situation and traffic differ from the residentsís views
TWBC 11.01.2001 - Response from TWBC - Kent Highways, Nick Baldwin, Senior Engineer
"Your request to be more fully involved in the process is best addressed to the Planning Authority, however, since as you will see from my comments, I too am merely a consultee."

letter 19.08.2002 - Letter to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Transportation amp&; Highways Services Manager, Chris Briggs
. . . the developer [CALA Homes] advised us that there is a possibility of using [instead of a mobile crane in York Road] the luff crane on site to unload from the vehicles, but this would disrupt the workflow.
We believe that it is neither a sufficient reason nor in the public interest to propose closing York Road.
TWBC 21.08.2002 - Response from TWBC Highways - Chris Briggs, Highways amp&; Transportation Services
TWBC 05.09.2002 - Response from Kent Highways/Tunbridge Wells Highway Unit - R A Smart, Senior Traffic Engineer
"Temporary Traffic orders for closure: there is no right for the public to object to any temporary order."

Selected Links regarding traffic and transport issues

External Links
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TWBC Link to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council - Introducing the Tunbridge Wells Borough Transport Strategy

KCC Link to Kent Councy Council - Local Transport Plan for Kent - 2001/02 to 2005/06

DFT Link to Department for Transport - Transport 2010
The 10 Year Plan

Transport2000org Link to Transport 2000 - The official website of TRANSPORT 2000
The national environmental transport body

Highways Agency Link to Highways Agency - Managing, Maintaining amp&; Improving England's Strategic Road Network
Overseeing local transport planning and capital expenditure. Helping local authorities improve local roads, public transport, and walking and cycling facilities. Link to - Government portal for motorists in the UK
Our purpose is to provide a single access point to information relating to motoring issues

driving standards agency Link to Driving Standards Agency - DSA is responsible for conducting driving tests in Great Britain
for cars, motorcycles, lorries, buses and other vehicles
maintaining a register of car driving instructors and checking their standard of tuition
operating a voluntary register of Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) trainers
supervising Compulsory Basic Training(CBT) for motorcyclists
setting and maintaining theory test standards.

traffic area network Link to the Traffic Area Network (TAN) administers - The TAN is a Division within the Department for Transport (DfT)
It is part of the DfT's Driver Vehicle Operator (DVO) organisation providing services to the road transport sector

contents The Telephone House Neighbours Association, Tunbridge Wells
The aims are to heighten peoples' awareness and concern for the development on Telephone House site, Church Road/York Road, Tunbridge Wells.