A21 Improvements move a step closer
HIGHWAYS AGENCY News Release (SE36-05) issued by the Government News Network on 22 February 2005
Major improvements to the A21 between Flimwell and Robertsbridge in Kent and East Sussex came a step closer today with the publication of the preferred route for the scheme to improve safety, reduce community severance, reduce delays and improve access to Hastings.
The 5.5 mile (8.9km) improvement will bypass the villages of Flimwell, Hurst Green and Silver Hill. The improvement will commence at the B2079 junction (Lady Oak Lane) on the short section of existing dual carriageway north of Flimwell and terminate at the roundabout at the northern end of the Robertsbridge Bypass.
Local people will be able to see the preferred route at a public information exhibition at the Hurst Green Village Hall on the following dates and times:
- Friday 4 March 2005 - 4.00pm to 9.00pm
- Saturday 5 March 2005 - 10.00am to 3.00pm
Transport Minister, David Jamieson, said:
"The Government is committed to improving the road network - tackling congestion and improving safety. Today's decision marks a major step forward in the upgrading of the A21 to Hastings and ends a period of uncertainty for those living on or close to the existing route. The improved A21 will deliver a safer route that will reduce community severance whilst providing a high standard link to Hastings which will aid the economic regeneration of the town."
The existing single carriageway road carries between 18,500 vehicles per day at Flimwell and 15,800 vehicles per day at Hurst Green, which results in community severance particularly through the villages.
The existing single carriageway road has a high accident record and any incidents or maintenance create lengthy tailbacks. The new road will bring much needed relief for the villages whilst providing a safe high quality route for trunk road traffic.
The route passes through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and alternative options for improvement were carefully considered in the light of their environmental effect. The Highways Agency will work with the statutory environmental bodies to minimise the adverse environmental impacts of these improvements and to ensure that mitigation measures are of a high standard.
The Transport Minister also confirmed that proposals for upgrading the remainder of the A21 to Hastings (Lamberhurst to Flimwell, Robertsbridge to Hastings and the Queensway to A21 link at Hastings) will be reviewed in the light of progress on the Flimwell to Robertsbridge Improvement and East Sussex County Council's proposed Bexhill - Hastings Link Road.
- Further information is available on request from David Keen MBE, Room 2C Federated House, London Road, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1SZ, Tel: 01306 878240.
- The alignment of the scheme will now be protected for planning purposes. Once the scheme has entered the Government's priority work programme, further detailed design will be undertaken before draft orders are published in due course. These will be open to objection and representation and, depending on the weight and nature of any objections, a Public Inquiry may be held.
- The scheme is located within the High Weald AONB and great care will be taken in the detail design to minimise the impact on this valuable landscape. In addition care will be needed to minimise the impact on property and other environmentally sensitive areas.
- Details of the preferred route will also be put on deposit at the following locations from now until the 31 March 2005:
- Country Furniture Barn, Hawkhurst Road, Flimwell TN5 SQH
- Hurst Green Post Office, 85 London Road, Hurst Green, TN19 7PN
- Robertsbridge Post Office, 22 High Street, Robertsbridge, TN31 5AQ
- The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. It manages, maintains and improves the network of trunk roads and motorways in England on behalf of the Secretary of State. It works closely with other transport operators and with local authorities to integrate the trunk road network with the rest of England's roads and other forms of travel.
- Information about roadworks and road conditions on the motorways and trunk roads in England is available by phone from the Highways Agency Information line on 08457 504030, and from the Highways Agency website.
Issued by the Highways Agency Press Office. For more information please contact Press and PR Officers for the South East. Cosima Duggal or Kate Woods 01306-878442/878110 or email email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org.