Roads minister Robert Goodwill has given final approval the upgrade of the A21 between Tonbridge and Pembury, following a public enquiry last year. A lane will be added in each direction, turning it from single to dual carriageway, and junctions will be enlarged.
Highways Agency project manager Graham Link said: “The A21 is a vital route linking the Tonbridge/Tunbridge Wells and Hastings/Bexhill areas to the M25 and London. The new section will provide much needed capacity to reduce congestion and will also improve safety with new junctions provided and a better road layout.”
The A21 upgrade is one of six major road schemes that the Highways Agency is developing for delivery after 2015 and is in addition to the 24 major road projects on England’s motorways and major A roads being delivered between 2010 and 2015.
The Highways Agency is now able to complete the processing of legal documents and appoint a contractor for the scheme. Advance work could start in autumn 2014 with main construction possibly starting by spring 2015.