Kent County Council in talks over A21 funding

Discussions have been held with the government over a road widening project in Kent which was postponed in the Spending Review.

Kent County Council (KCC) met transport minister Mike Penning to talk about the £125m project for the A21.

Construction had expected to start this year but it was one of 14 schemes put on hold by the government in October.

KCC said it could be done for half the cost by using local procurement rather than public sector procurement.

'Very creative'

Paul Carter, the leader of the Tory-run council, said Mr Penning asked to see a more detailed business case for further discussion in the autumn.

The widening scheme for the stretch between Tonbridge and Pembury aims to cut delays and increase safety.

Greg Clark, the Conservative MP for Tunbridge Wells, said the council had presented a "very creative way forward".

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