Balfour Beatty reaches key milestone on A21 project

Balfour Beatty has reached a key milestone on its A21 project, unveiling a new flyover which forms a part of the major upgrade works to the highway between Tonbridge and Pembury in Kent.

The new dual carriageway and flyover will improve journey times and traffic flow as drivers will no longer need to stop at the old Longfield roundabout, instead using the flyover to continue with their journey.

George Pargeter, Balfour Beatty Project Director for the A21 Tonbridge to Pembury Project, said, “We are very pleased with the progress on the A21 given the complex nature of this project. 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.”

Highways England 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. Opening the new flyover at the Longfield Road junction will reduce congestion by removing the need for drivers continuing on the A21 to stop at the old Longfield roundabout. 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.”

The project is the latest in a series of milestones achieved by the Highways England-led project team in recent months, and follows the reopening of Tonbridge Road in April and moving traffic on to new structures near Fairthorne village in June.

The Longfield flyover will fully open to traffic – providing two lanes to traffic in both directions – later this summer when the new dual carriageway opens.

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