If the Rother Valley Railway extension is approved there WILL be a level crossing on the A21, south of the roundabout at Robertsbridge.
The impact on local residents and businesses will be significant.
The A21 serves the South East of England, running between Hastings, Flimwell, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and on to the M25. It is a vital route for residents and businesses of the major towns and the surrounding villages.
It is also the most dangerous road in the UK according to the Road Safety Foundation.
The stretch of road between Hurst Green and Hastings, is cited as the highest risk road on England's Strategic Road Network.
Rother Valley Railway state that there will be 14 closures of the level crossing each day.
The plans for a level crossing across the A21 go directly against the views of local MPs, Huw Merriman MP and Amber Rudd MP
Mr Merriman has said: “Once again, I am dismayed but not surprised to find the A21 listed as one of the most dangerous roads in England. The high accident rate on this road has a devastating impact on people’s lives which can never be quantified. These statistics cannot be ignored and our village communities along the A21 have been waiting far too long for safety improvements. I want to see the safety measures that have been talked about since I was elected in 2015 implemented without further delay.”
Ms Rudd has said: “Huw and I share a clear ambition to seek further dualling of the A21 and substantial improvements to the A259 to ensure they become safer and can support economic growth and housing needs for the future.”
You can read the detailed plans here.
A typical queue at the level crossing on the A28 in Newenden
Copy of a letter signed by Amber Rudd MP and Rt Honorable Gregg Clark MP
We are writing to you regarding a Planning Application (Ref: RR/2014/1608/P) to extend the Rother Valley Railway from Bodiam to Robertsbridge. Our understanding is that this would involve constructing three level crossings, one of which would cross the A21 near Robertsbridge.
As you are aware the A21 is the main road between the M25 and the South Coast providing a key strategic route linking Hastings, Bexhill, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge and has been recognised as vital to coastal regeneration around Hastings.
In 2008, the A21 Reference Group, comprising all the Kent and East Sussex MPs covering the A21 between the M25 and Hastings, Council Leaders and Chief Executives (including Rother District Council), plus heads of local health and regeneration bodies, was formed to campaign to reduce traffic congestion no this road and reduce the time taken to travel on it with great success. Work has started on dualling the A21 between Tonbridge and Pembury and the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road is de to be completed by next Spring. The next stage is dualling the A21 between Kippings Cross and Lamberhurst.
Building a level crossing on the A21 which would interrupt traffic movements would, therefore, run completely counter to this strategic progress and be extremely unwelcome.
We therefore, strongly object this planning application.