Kent Greens are pleased that the Highways Agency(1) has bowed to pressure from objectors and will now be holding a public inquiry into the proposals to dual the A21 between Tonbridge and Pembury.
Hazel Dawe, Green Party Candidate for Tunbridge Wells, comments:
“Kent Green Party does not believe that road building solves congestion problems. There is ample evidence that new roads attract new traffic(2). What Tonbridge really needs is measures to make public transport and cycling more attractive alternatives to the car on this route.
We welcome the fact that the Highways Agency will be calling public inquiry to take a closer look at the justification for this road project. This is an opportunity to save the £125 million which would be wasted on A21 dualling and spend these resources on traffic reduction measures including better bus services.”
1. Letter to Kent Green Party from the Highways Agency, 22nd March 2010.
2. Specifically, research done by the Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment on ‘induced traffic’ and ‘traffic generation.’