Kent and Sussex councils offer to pay for A21 inquiry

The A21 Tonbrige bypass
Image caption The A21 is the main route between London and Hastings

Two councils have offered to pay for a inquiry into the widening of the A21 which links London, Kent and Sussex.

The project to dual the carriageway between Tonbridge and Pembury was delayed because of spending cuts.

The leaders of Kent and East Sussex County Councils and five MPs have asked the Secretary of State for Transport to restart the public inquiry.

Kent County Council said it could complete the Highways Agency's £117m scheme for £70m.

John Spence, chairman of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), also signed the letter which said the road improvements would help with the regeneration of Hastings and the surrounding area.

The letter said: "Getting on with the A21 dualling scheme, rather than keeping it on hold, would have a significant growth prospects all along the route of the A21.

"The construction of the road would also be an important boost to the local economy at a much needed time."

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