The South East LEP has welcomed the announcement that ‘development work’ will start on two major road schemes in its area that will ease congestion and help boost the national and local economies.
Roads Minister Mike Penning MP has announced that work will start on drawing up schemes to ease congestion at the M25-A13 Junction 30 in Thurrock and on widening the A21 between Tonbridge and Pembury in Kent.
The two schemes are part of a package of six schemes the Government are seeking to develop nationally so that ‘proposals will be in a good position to be considered for delivery in the early years of the next spending review period (post 2015)’.
The South East LEP had identified both schemes as key priorities for helping to unlock and stimulate growth in its area to help it achieve its goal of creating the most enterprising economy in England.
While welcoming the Minister’s announcement, the South East LEP has called on the government to ensure the schemes are introduced as early as possible following the spending review.
South East LEP chairman, John Spence, said; “SELEP is committed to creating the most enterprising economy in England and an effective transport system is a vital pre-requisite so this news is both great for the area and a triumph for all those who have been making and promoting the business case.
“We will all look forward to the day when these schemes are in place and we will now press on highlighting the importance of our other transport priorities in order to unlock the full growth and economic potential of the area.”