A long awaited upgrade project on the A21 in Kent has finally been approved by the government.
Roads minister Robert Goodwill gave the green light for the 4km section of road between Tonbridge and Pembury to be converted from single to dual carriageway.
A lane will be added on each side of the road, junctions will be improved and the road layout amended.
The project was one of many put on hold by the coalition government in the autumn of 2010 as austerity measures hit the highways sector hard.
A public inquiry was held in May 2013 and work could now begin next spring.
Goodwill said: “This is great news not only for residents and businesses who use the A21 between Tonbridge and Pembury, but also for the local economy.
“The next steps demonstrate the government’s clear £15.1bn commitment to our road network in boosting capacity on our motorways and major trunk roads by 2021.”
The Highways Agency will now complete the processing of legal documents and appoint a contractor for the scheme.
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