What you had to say about the big news
Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: "We're not there yet, but this is a big step forward. "It seems implausible that the Department for Transport would carry out expensive preparation work if it did not intend to approve the scheme. "The minister said a key part of assessing the worth of a proposed road project is to see what value you get for each £1 of taxpayers' money spent, and there is no other major proposal which gives a better ratio of benefits to costs than the A21."
Fleur Record, managing director of The Pantiles Chambers, in High Street, said: "For business and for The Pantiles, this is fantastic news. "The A21 is a drag, I can see how it puts people off coming to the town."
Tim Smith, owner of Curd Brothers garage on Colebrook Industrial Estate, part of North Farm Retail Park, said: "It is very good news for us all. "Once you have got the infrastructure right logistically we can get in and out of the estate and it will open up the businesses. "Hopefully it will all go ahead but the proof is in the pudding, we have been here before."
Natalie Chapman, head of south-east policy at the Freight Transport Association, said: "This is a vital route for freight, motorists and businesses. "The section between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells is a notorious accident blackspot and the funnelling of traffic between the two dual-carriageway sections causes severe congestion and misery on a daily basis. "We know that congestion impacts on local air quality and with the price of fuel at an all time high, it also affects the economy - every minute an HGV is sitting in congestion costs £1."
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