01 MAR 2013

Start of A21 Public Inquiry set for 14 May 2013

Greg said:

"The Highways Agency has confirmed to me that the Public Inquiry for the A21 Tonbridge-Pembury dualling scheme is due to start on 14 May 2013. We have all been fighting so hard to get the A21 dualled – it has been a long, hard slog over many years. The Public Inquiry marks a big advance for our campaign – getting this terrible accident hot-spot sorted out once and for all is now firmly within our grasp.

"Last year, the Roads Minister confirmed that the A21 scheme would be one of the six "pipeline" priority road projects which could start in 2015-16. I was absolutely determined to get the Public Inquiry underway so that the scheme would be ready to go as soon as money is available. The 14 May will be a big day for drivers in West Kent."

The following steps will be taking place over the next few months:

  • The Outline Statement of Case for the A21 dualling scheme has been published and can be found on the Highways Agency website: http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/A21-Tonbridge-to-Pembury-Dualling
  • The Environmental Statement has also been published and is available in local libraries, the Tunbridge Wells Gateway and on the Highways Agency website.
  • On 25 March 2013, the Highways Agency will be holding a Pre-Inquiry Meeting, at which the Inspector will explain how the Inquiry will be run, how people can let it be known they want to speak at the Inquiry and the procedure for submitting evidence.
  • The Public Inquiry, which is due to start on 14 May 2013, is expected to last 2 - 3 weeks.

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