After decades of waiting for improvements to one of the busiest roads in the South East, work is finally set to start on widening the A21 in Kent.
A two and a half mile section of the road between Tonbridge and Pembury is being upgraded from single to dual carriageway. But the work will come at a cost as hundreds of ancient trees will be lost. Watch Andy Dickenson's report.
Improvements to the A21 between Tonbridge and Pembury have moved a step closer with the appointment of a contractor for the upgrades.The £69.7m scheme will be constructed by Balfour Beatty. Advance work is expected to start this autumn with main construction starting in spring 2015.
A decision on which company will be awarded the contract to dual the A21 in Kent is expected next month, according to the Highways Agency.
The multi-million scheme to widen the road between Tonbridge and Pembury was given the go-ahead in May.
The A21 Southbound in Kent is closed due to a serious multi-vehicle accident between A228 (Tunbridge Wells / Pembury Turn Off) and B2160 Maidstone Road / Dundale Road (Kipping's Cross Roundabout). Six cars are reported to be involved.
A police officer who died in a car crash this week has been described as "the best husband, a fantastic daddy and a passionate family man."
Detective Constable Adrain Grew suffered fatal injuries on Monday after his car was involved in a crash with a bus on the A21.
Adrian's family said, "On Monday night, our whole world caved in and we lost the most amazing man.
"Not only was he the best husband, a fantastic daddy, the best son, brother and friend, but he was also a dedicated and professional police officer who loved his job. It is difficult for us to contemplate life without him.
"Thank you to those who have expressed their respects. The generous messages of support and caring tributes mean a lot. Rest in peace Adrian, there's a huge hole in our lives without you."
Work colleagues have also spoken about Adrian.
Detective Inspector Jon Armory worked alongside Adrian in the Serious Organised Crime Unit and said, "He was a highly capable and well respected detective who worked on some of the most serious investigations within our county.
"Adrian had a very bright future ahead of him and was a fantastic colleague to work with. He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew and worked with him."
The A21 Pembury Road in Tunbridge Wells is blocked due to fallen tree at Longfield Road / Tonbridge Road (North Farm Roundabout).
There are reports that the A21 Pembury Road partially blocked. There is heavy traffic due to an accident involving a car and a motorbike at Longfield Road / Tonbridge Road (North Farm Roundabout). On the roundabout.
One lane closed due to broken down lorry on A21 Sevenoaks By-Pass Southbound before A225 / B245 / Morley's Road (Hildenborough / Sevenoaks turn off), congestion to A25 Westerham Road (Westerham / Sevenoaks Turn Off).
The A21 Pembury Road at Tunbridge Wells partially blocked. Reports of an accident at Longfield Road / Tonbridge Road (North Farm Roundabout).
There are reports that the A21 Northbound at Sevenoaks is partially blocked after an accident involving two lorries, a motorbike and a van at the A25 Westerham Road (Westerham / Sevenoaks turn off).