A256 Sandwich Bypass finally reopens

The lane closure is over

The A256 Sandwich Bypass has finally reopened today (March 30).

The carriageway has been shut since December following a sewer burst. At the end of last month surveys showed the crucial ‘geo-grid’ engineering on the embankment was intact and Kent County Council’s Highways department were expected to give the go-ahead for work to reopen the carriageway.

But a  further issue was then identified on a second sewer pipe which takes wastewater flows from the Deal area  – the two sewer pipes run in parallel underneath the same section of the road.

Southern Water said several bursts occurring so close together is unusual and the company was unsure why the pipes failed, as they are still within their usual lifespan.

Additional tankers were brought in to manage wastewater flows and protect the environment while workers carry out further repairs.

A Southern Water statement says: “We’re pleased to say the A256, Sandwich has been reopened, following our vital work in the area.

“There will be a lane closure in place on the northbound side of the road for us to carry out the final lining works underneath. Thanks to everyone affected for their patience over the last few months, and we are really sorry for the disruption caused.”


  1. Thanks to kcc highway officers who privately have speeded the incompetent southern water organisation into some sort of action

    • Incompetent? You call other people incompetent? You’re a prime example.

      Only recently did you decide to pull your finger out and contact the relevant person in KCC to ask them to get involved. You knew the chaos it was causing and should have got involved a long time ago instead of pushing your scam 20mph zones.

      • The box. Your comments are as usual not factual.as you are ashamed to say who you are and where your information comes from your views are irrelevant.

        • Irrelevant? Says a Labour councillor that does absolutely nothing but shift blame ?

          The only irrelevant person in this site is you, and your country council seat will also be irrelevant soon.

  2. Some good news at last even though I personally will not be taking advantage of the reopening until travel restrictions in non essential travel are lifted.

  3. Don’t lay busy roads over sewer pipes in future then you won’t get all this road closures for months on end. Bad planning again as pipes could be laid at the side of these roads. But Southern Water is notorious for slow repairs.

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