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PICTURES: Highways England release images of A21 Tonbridge to Pembury improvement scheme

PUBLISHED: 08:58 05 June 2015 | UPDATED: 08:58 05 June 2015

The improvement scheme.

The improvement scheme.

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The pictures show recent progress.

Work will be carried out.Work will be carried out.

Photos of the A21 Tonbridge to Pembury major improvement scheme have been released by Highways England.

The pictures show recent progress on the work, which is upgrading more than two miles of the A21 from single to dual carriageway.

A lane is being added in each direction, as well as upgrading junctions and improving the road layout.

It is hoped that the major scheme will make journeys safer and more reliable.

Aerial view.Aerial view.

Anne-Marie Palmer, Highways England project manager said: “We are committed to providing the benefits of increased capacity, more reliable journeys and a safer route to the tens of thousands of drivers that use this stretch each day.

“We have been working hard behind the scenes getting ready for main construction and are still on target to complete the work by December 2016.

“We have been continuing the environmental advanced works to ensure that we carry out these improvements to the highest environmental standards.

“Grade II listed buildings on the line of the new road have now been substantially removed and the ancient woodland translocation is close to completion.

“This allows us to continue with main construction.”

A temporary 40mph speed limit will be introduced ahead of main construction, with overnight carriageway closures in place on Sunday (June 7).

Advance work started in late 2014 and now the grade II listed buildings removal and ancient woodland translocation is nearing completion.

Balfour Beatty project manager Richard Turnbull added: “We have been undertaking various activities along the route.

“In addition to the environmental mitigation works mentioned above, we have also carried out archaeological investigation and utility diversions without the need for a temporary speed limit.
“As construction progresses, this will now be installed to protect drivers and our workforce.

“We ask drivers to respect the speed limit and the right turn bans whilst construction moves into this new and more obvious phase of the works.”

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