Mark the date on your calendar…. The A21 will be open for use on Thursday 21 September. Highways England have said:
We plan to open the road on the 21 September without any traffic management and at the national speed limit. We will continue to landscape the surrounding area. We may need to temporarily close lanes in the future so our vehicles can safely access the area and carry out this work.
We will continue with:
- construction of the Blackhurst Lane footbridge
- work on the non-motorised user route across the project
You can keep up to date on the project on the Highways England Website
Thank you for contacting the A21 Tonbridge to Pembury Inbox regarding the closure of Tonbridge Road.
As you are aware we will be closing the existing Tonbridge Road on the approach to the Longfield Road roundabout, including the roundabout itself. Road users will be able to travel along the new slip roads and the new roundabout, both of which are currently being constructed and are located to the west of the existing carriageway – please refer to the attached sketch for the planned layout.
We have been working with Kent Police, Kent County Council and Pembury Hospital and we have agreed with Kent County Council for them to re-programme the traffic lights that are located at the A228 / Tonbridge Road crossroads in order to steady the throughput of traffic onto the A228.
We will be publicising this closure through forthcoming scheme updates and display boards at Pembury Hospital.
Currently road signs indicate closure between 20th August and Spring 2017
Further delays on the finishing of the road works reported by the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-38104273
Work has started to rebuild the A21 between Pembury and Tunbridge. I used to drive up and down this stretch of road every day. The new alignment will be a little bit different to what you see today. Already the ‘landscape’ has been altered with the felling of a lot of the undergrowth and trees that I remember crawling past start stop fashion every weekday.
And again thank you to David Dore for the video.
The old A21 – a last look. from David Doré on Vimeo.
This section of the old A21 between Tonbridge and Pembury will soon disappear forever.
The contract to build the scheme was awarded to Balfour Beatty on 9 July 2014.
Some site clearance and advance environmental mitigation work started in September 2014 with the main construction work starting in spring 2015. Construction will take approximately 2 years.
We are holding a public exhibition at The Mecure Hotel in Pembury and members of the project team will be available to explain the recent environmental mitigation work and answer questions about the scheme.
The exhibition will be held at The Mecure Tunbridge Wells Hotel in Pembury on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 October. It will be open to the public between 2pm and 8pm on Friday and between 10am and 4pm on Saturday.
An update on the scheme and works is also available in our Newsletter No.4 September 2014, now available on the Publications tab above.
A Public Inquiry for the scheme was held between 14 May and 9 July 2013 and the Secretary of State’s decision confirming that the scheme will go ahead was announced on 1 May 2014.
The decision letter and the Inspector’s report of the Public Inquiry are on the Department for Transport’s website at:
[Source: Highways Agency – 1 Oct 2014]