A21 gets the green light


Transport Minister Mike Penning has announced that work can start on preparations for the long awaited A 21 dualling scheme between Tonbridge and Pembury. Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council has long been a strong supporter of the project that will bring economic, traffic and safety benefits to local people in and around Tonbridge and have benefits for the wider areas of West Kent and Sussex.

In warmly welcoming the announcement, Cllr Nicolas Heslop, Cabinet Member for Planning & Transportation at the Borough Council said: “This is the most superb news for all those campaigning to have it confirmed by Government that these much needed improvements now have the prospect of actually happening.

“The Borough Council has been robustly advocating the case for the A21 Tonbridge to Pembury dualling scheme, working closely with local MPs, local businesses and community groups, and as a member of the A21 Reference Group of MPs and local authority leaders. I pay particular tribute to the work of our three MPs, Greg Clark, Sir John Stanley and Michael Fallon. The Borough Council has wholehearted supported the work that Kent County Council has been doing this year in seeking reduced costs for the project in conjunction with the Highways Agency.

“The Borough Council’s own advocacy for improving the A21 was led by the late Mark Worrall, as leader of the Council, and chairman of both our Local Strategic Partnership and the West Kent Partnership, also ensuring that Ministers were left in doubt about the strength of public support for the dualling.”

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