1066 Country MPs urge more investment in A21 following Sedlescombe crash

MPs Amber Rudd and Huw Merriman believe a dual-carriage A21 will improve safety and are urging more money to be spent making it safer.

Wednesday, 17th August 2016, 3:27 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 11:33 pm
Police are appealing for information about last Friday's incident. SUS-160815-122133001

Their comments come in the wake of last Friday’s collision in which a 37-year-old St Leonards man died on the road in Sedlescombe.

In a joint statement, they said: “Our thoughts and condolences are with the family of the driver who lost his life in the accident last week.

“The circumstances surrounding this incident remain unknown and the police will need to assess which factors played a part in its cause.

“We believe a dual-carriage A21 would improve safety for residents and visitors.

“With Greg Clark, MP for Tunbridge Wells, and our local council and civic leaders, we sit on the A21 Reference Group which meets in Parliament and is pressing for more investment from Highways England.

“We note the proposal to put in place average speed limits and would support this proposal if, as Highways England suggest, it would lead to a safer road and, ultimately, introduce a clearer road to reduce journey times. However, we regard this as a stop-gap until it is ultimately upgraded to a dual-carriageway and, having met with the chief executive for Highways England, we are following his recommendation that we formally invite him to set out what work is needed to get this project included in the next road-building programme.”

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