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End of congestion in mid Kent?

Traffic on the A21 in Kent Photo: Meridian Tonight

The A21 roads widening scheme reached another key milestone today. The Department of Transport has approved development work to go ahead.

The road at Castle Hill between Tonbridge and Pembury, and Kippings Cross and Lamberhurst was due to be turned into dual carriageway but the work was shelved in 2012 because of budget cuts. But today, Roads Minister Mike Penning listed the A21 as one of six key roads that will "contribute to future economic growth".

The development work will focus on designing and consulting on proposals, along with progressing any necessary statutory processes. It means the project will be in a good position for Government funding in the early years of the next spending review.

Mike Penning said: “We are committed to tackling congestion, keeping traffic moving and supporting the UK economy, putting in money where it’s most needed and where the public will get a good return on investment. “We have already announced around £3bn of investment to complete work on."