New flyover now partially open on A21 in Kent

Highways England has partially opened a new flyover on the A21 in Kent.

The work is part of the delayed £70m project to upgrade the A21 between Tonbridge and Pembury to a new dual carriageway. One lane of the flyover, near Tunbridge Wells, is now open in each direction.

It means drivers on the A21 no longer need to stop at the old Longfield roundabout.

Project manager Anne-Marie Palmer said: ‘Over the last few months we’ve made real progress with the construction of the new flyovers at Fairthorne and Longfield Road.

‘Later this summer we will be opening both lanes of the dual carriageway, which is when the benefits of this major improvement will really be noticed.’

George Pargeter, Balfour Beatty project director for the A21 Tonbridge to Pembury Project, added: ‘We are very pleased with the progress on the A21 given the complex nature of this project.

‘The partial opening of the Longfield Flyover is set to transform journeys for local residents by providing a more streamlined route for drivers continuing on the A21 and is a testament to the skills and expertise of the project team.’

The flyover will fully open to traffic with two lanes in each direction later this summer when the new dual carriageway opens. Highways England’s £69.7m A21 Tonbridge to Pembury dualling project was originally due to be completed in December 2016 but was delayed after contamination, including friable (easily crumble) asbestos found on the site.

Last week the Government-owned company announced that it had opened its new smart motorway on the M3 ‘on time’ but without the smart motorway technology.

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