Balfour Beatty awarded £35m A21 dualling Scheme

Balfour Beatty has been appointed by the Highways Agency to deliver a £35 million dualling and improvement scheme to the A21 between Tonbridge and Pembury in Kent.

The scheme will deliver a 2.5 mile dual carriageway on the main road link between London and Hastings, together with associated junction and road layout improvements, including two underpasses and an overbridge.

Extensive traffic modelling has been undertaken to minimise disruption for the local community and reduce the carbon footprint of the construction period.  Balfour Beatty’s award-winning public relations team will undertake an extensive public engagement programme with local businesses and residents.

Graham Link, Highways Agency Project Manager, said: “This scheme will improve journeys on the A21 by reducing congestion and improving safety for the 35,200 drivers that use this section each day. The A21 is a vital link between London and Hastings as well as connecting local towns. Providing better infrastructure will help the local and national economy.”

Stephen Tarr, Balfour Beatty Managing Director for Major Projects, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract to upgrade the A21. Balfour Beatty has a strong track record of delivering major road schemes, both nationally and in the region, on time and to budget.   Our commitment to building sustainably, engaging with local stakeholders and employing a local supply chain is key to our success and we aim to leave a lasting legacy as a thoughtful contractor behind us.”

Advance work is expected to start this autumn with main construction starting in spring 2015.

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