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New A21 flyover opens to ease traffic flow

A new flyover on the A21 between Tonbridge and Pembury has opened today to ease traffic flow.

It's the latest development in upgrading the A21.

The project has come under fire for being heavily over budget and late but Highways England says the project should be completed in August or September.

Simon Elliott, Highways England

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Calls for major South East road to be expanded

It's one of the South East's busiest roads linking Kent to the Sussex Coast but despite calls going back well over 30 years, the A21 is still a patchwork of dual carriageways and narrow roads. Now, there are calls for the whole road to be turned into a dual carriageway. Tom Savvides talks to the MP Greg Clark, roads minister Andrew Jones and the MP for Hastings, Amber Rudd.

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Widening of busy Kent road will put ancient trees at risk

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.

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"Rest in Peace Adrian, there's a huge hole in our lives"

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."

Detective Constable Adrian Grew, who died on Monday Credit: Kent Police

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."

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