15 DEC 2011

Urgent transport review to look at A21

The Secretary of State for Transport, Justine Greening, has announced that, as part of the £1.5 billion programme of investment in major transport schemes, the Department for Transport will be looking at the A21 in relation to the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road scheme.

The Secretary of State for Transport said:

"We recognise the critically important role that transport improvements could play in the regeneration of the Bexhill-Hastings area and the economic case underpinning the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road, though we are also aware of concerns regarding the proposed scheme, including its environmental impact.

"Before we take a final decision on the scheme we want to be sure that it offers the best approach for regenerating the area and also to consider other transport options to achieve this, including local trunk roads such as the A21, A259 and local rail. We also want to consider whether further environmental mitigation measures could be deployed to address the impacts of the proposed Bexhill-Hastings scheme.

"Over the next three months the Department will work alongside the scheme's promoters and other local and regional partners to gather further evidence on the optimal solution for the area. We would intend to make a decision swiftly thereafter."

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