Greg secures acceleration of safety upgrade to A21

Greg has welcomed a decision by Highways England to bring forward by five years comprehensive plans to upgrade safety along the route following a meeting between MPs and the Roads Minister in June in which the case was made to advance the works.

The upgrade will create consistent and standardised conditions along the single carriageway section together with improved pedestrian and cycling facilities.

In the Government’s Road Investment Strategy published in March the upgrade was not scheduled to begin until 2025 for completion by 2030.

Dissatisfied with this timetable, the MPs on the A21 route - Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells), Huw Merriman (Bexhill and Battle), Tom Tugendhat (Tonbridge and Malling),  Sally-Ann Hart (Hastings and Rye) and Laura Trott (Sevenoaks) met with the Roads Minister, Baroness Vere of Norbiton in June to push for this to be brought forward.

Highways England have now announced a change of heart: they will now commence their route strategy process in the autumn, with the upgrades due for completion by 2025.

Greg said: “As anyone who has driven along the A21 knows, once you get south of Kippings Cross large sections of the road are more like a narrow and windy country lane than the main route between London and Hastings. This makes journeys slower, more congested and more dangerous than they should be. The Minister’s decisive intervention, following her meeting with A21 MPs, is a big step forward A21 and is the latest step in our campaign to make the A21 into a safe, fast modern trunk road throughout all its length from the M25 to Hastings.”