Easter start for earthworks on A21 upgrade

April 2 2015  

Easter start for earthworks on A21 upgrade
This Easter weekend marks the start of construction proper on one of the most eagerly awaited road improvements in southern England: dualling of the A21 between Tonbridge and Pembury.
 
The £70M scheme in west Kent will see Balfour Beatty upgrade a 4.1km stretch of the route which carries 35,000 vehicles a day, and has a cost:benefit ratio of around three and a half times the investment.
 
By the end of this year traffic heading south on the A21 should have begun to cross a new flyover, being built to take through traffic over a notoriously busy junction serving a retail park and hospital. The project is due to open fully to traffic in early 2017.
 
Highways England representative on the scheme Graham Link says: “When complete this project will remove a bottleneck, especially at the north end of the scheme where two lanes and a slip road currently converge into one.”
 
Nine hectares of ancient woodland have been lost to make way for the dual carriageway, and have been compensated for by planting 18ha of new woods. 
 
Balfour Beatty project manager Richard Turnbull says that great efforts have been made to protect local ecology on site. He adds that a series of ancient buildings on the route of the upgrade have been carefully taken down for installation at an open air museum in West Sussex.
 
(Photo: Highways England)
 

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