A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet junction improvements

Supporting economic development and housing growth in north Kent around the A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet junctions.

Start date 2019-20
End date 2022-23
Cost TBC

Latest updates

  • 19 February 2021

    Latest road closures

    At the Ebbsfleet junction, the A2 London-bound entry slip road will be closed overnight on Friday 19 February. In addition, the A2260 southbound will be closed from the Ebbsfleet Gateway roundabout to the Ackers Drive roundabout, overnight on Friday 19 February and Monday 22 February.

    At the Bean junction, the exit slip road will be closed overnight on Friday 19 February and the London-bound entry slip road is now closed until Monday 22 March.

    Bean Lane will be closed between the A296 roundabout and the Bean North roundabout over five nights starting on Monday 22 February.

    All overnight closures are between 8pm and 6am.

  • 04 February 2021

    Upcoming closures

    To allow us to safely carry out widening work, lane 1 of the A2 London-bound exit slip road at Bean will be closed 24 hours a day from Wednesday 3 February until Monday 19 April 2021.

    Also, to allow us to carry out various activities in preparation for installing a new bridge, the A2 London-bound entry slip road at Bean will be closed from Monday 8 February until Wednesday 3 March 2021.

    In addition, the following closures will be in place overnight (between 8pm and 6am):

    Wednesday 3 to Friday 5 February

    A2 London-bound

    • Overnight closure of the A2 exit slip road at Bean
    • Overnight closure of the A2 entry slip road at Ebbsfleet

    A2 coastbound

    • Overnight closure of the A2 exit slip road at Ebbsfleet
    • A2 carriageway closed between exit and entry slip roads at Bean
    • Lane closure on the A2 exit slip road at Ebbsfleet (both day and night time)
    Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 February

    A2 coastbound

    • Lane closure of the A2 exit slip road at Ebbsfleet for the full weekend
    Monday 8 February for three nights

    A2 coastbound

    • Overnight closure of the entry and exit slip road at Ebbsfleet
    Thursday 11 and Friday 12 February

    A2 coastbound

    • Overnight closure of the entry and exit slip road at Ebbsfleet
    • Overnight closure of the A2 carriageway between the Bean exit and entry slip roads
    Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February

    A2 coastbound

    • Lane closure on the A2 exit slip road at Ebbsfleet for the entire weekend

  • 27 January 2021

    Our latest newsletter and upcoming closures

    Throughout the project we will be issuing a series of newsletters, providing you with updates on works undertaken and planned as well as how we are working with the local community.

    Our latest newsletter gives you an update on the latest construction programme as well as the local charitable work the team have been doing.

    If you require a printed version of our newsletter, please let us know by emailing the scheme inbox A2BeanandEbbsfleetJunctionsImprovements@highwaysengland.co.uk or calling our Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000.

    Upcoming overnight closures

    The following closures of the A2 London bound will be in place overnight (between 8pm and 6am):

    Date Closure
    Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 January A2 entry slip road at Pepperhill
    A2 exit slip road at Bean and Ebbsfleet
    Friday 29 January A2 entry slip road at Ebbsfleet

     

  • 13 January 2021

    Forthcoming closures in January

    The following closures will be in place overnight (between 8pm and 6am):

    Tuesday 12 January for two nights

     

    A2 London-bound

    Exit and entry slip roads closed at Bean junction

    Entry slip road closed at Pepperhill junction

    Entry slip road closed at Ebbsfleet junction

     

    Thursday 14 January for two nights

     

    A2 London-bound

    Exit and entry slip road closed at Bean junction

    Entry slip road closed at Pepperhill junction

    Entry slip road closed at Ebbsfleet junction

    A2 coastbound - closed between exit and entry slip road at Bean junction

     

    Monday 18 January to Sunday 31 January

     

    A2 London-bound

    Exit slip road closed at Bean junction; and the entry slip road closed at Pepperhill junction

    Entry slip road at Bean junction closed (24/7)

     

  • 11 December 2020

    Work begins on Bean bridge abutments

    A number of significant developments are taking place this month:

    A2 central reservation works

    We're coming to the end of our works in the A2 central reservation. We've completed the installation of the central support for the new bridge and the concrete barrier along the centre of the carriageway. Resurfacing works are due to start during December so we can start works in the verge of the coastbound carriageway.

    A2 London-bound verge works – Bean bridge south abutment

    Work has begun on the south abutment for the new bridge across the A2 at Bean. This has required us to close one lane on to the A2. The abutment is a key element of the scheme’s construction programme and we're aiming to complete its installation as soon as possible. We'll continue to work closely with local stakeholders, residents and businesses to maintain minimal disruption to road users.

    Coast-bound verge works – Bean bridge north abutment

    The north abutment is currently under way, alongside earthworks, where we're levelling out the ground. 

    The above activities will require the following overnight closures in place between 10pm and 6am:

    9 to 12 December

    A2 London-bound - closed between exit and entry slip road at Bean. Entry slip road closed at Pepperhill.

    A2 coastbound - closed between exit and entry slip road at Bean.

    13 December

    A2 coastbound – full closure between M25 and Ebbsfleet, including M25 entry slip road and Bean entry slip road.

    A2 London-bound – closed between exit and entry slip road at Bean. Entry slip road closed at Pepperhill.

    14 December

    A2 coastbound – full closure between M25 and Ebbsfleet including M25 entry slip road. The A2 entry slip road at Bean will remain open with road users able to join the A2.

    A2 London-bound – closed between exit and entry slip road at Bean. London-bound entry slip road closed at Pepperhill.

    15 December

    A2 London-bound – full closure from Ebbsfleet to M25 including Ebbsfleet and Bean entry slip roads. Entry slip road closed at Pepperhill.

    A2 coastbound – closed between exit and entry slip road at Bean.

    16 December

    A2 London-bound – full closure from Ebbsfleet to M25. Ebbsfleet and Bean entry slip roads will remain open. Entry slip road closed at Pepperhill.

    A2 coastbound – closed between the exit and entry slip road at Bean.

    17 December

    (contingency)

    A2 coastbound – full closure between M25 and Ebbsfleet, including M25 entry slip road and Bean entry slip road.

    A2 London-bound – closed between the exit and entry slip road at Bean. Entry slip road closed at Pepperhill.

    18 December

    (contingency)

    A2 London-bound – full closure from Ebbsfleet to M25 including Ebbsfleet and Bean entry slip roads. Entry slip road closed at Pepperhill.

    A2 coastbound – closed between the exit and entry slip road at Bean.

     

    There are currently no planned works taking place on the A2 between Bean and Ebbsfleet junctions from the 18 December 2020 till the 4 January 2021. Narrow lanes will remain in place on the coastbound carriageway with a 50mph speed limit. The London-bound carriageway will remain with a 60mph speed limit for safety reasons.

  • 11 August 2020

    Our latest newsletter

    We started works on the A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet junction improvements scheme on 31 March. Below you will find the first of a series of newsletters which we will produce throughout the scheme, providing you with updates on works undertaken and planned as well as how we are working with the local community. View the newsletter. All newsletters will appear in the 'Newsletters' section below.

    Our newsletter gives you information about the construction programme as well as work we are doing with local schools. There is also an article about one of our apprentice Quantity Surveyors who will be joining the project next month.

    If you require a printed version of our newsletter please let us know by emailing the scheme inbox A2BeanandEbbsfleetJunctionsImprovements@highwaysengland.co.uk or calling our Customer Contact Centre on 0300 12 35 000.

    We hope that you enjoy the first edition of our newsletter and we look forward to updating you over the course of the project.

  • 16 July 2020

    Works to start on Bean bridge foundations

    The installation of the new drainage in the central reservation will continue until the end of July. We will then break out the existing concrete to accommodate the implementation of the concrete barrier. From early August 2020 we will start to lay the foundations at Bean bridge.

    There is a planned full carriageway closure to remove the existing gantry near Bean junction. This will take place overnight on Saturday 8 August from 8pm to 8am on Sunday 9 August. There will be a fully signed diversion route in place which will add approximately 10 minutes to road user journeys.

    We will continue to keep all our stakeholders, customers and residents up to date with more details on the scheme as we proceed with construction over the coming months.

    If you would like to subscribe to a newsletter which we will be producing to keep you informed about the project during construction, please email us at A2BeanandEbbsfleetJunctionsImprovements@highwaysengland.co.uk and we will add your email address to our database. These newsletters will also be added to our webpage.

  • 02 June 2020

    Scheme gets government go ahead

    We've received notification from the Secretary of State for Transport that the A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet junction improvements scheme can proceed to construction. The Inspector’s report into the October 2019 public inquiry has been published and the Secretary of State for Transport has issued his decision into the Scheme proposals by way of a Decision Letter and accompanying Annex. The Decision Letter, Annex and Inspectors Report can be viewed in the “Decision Letter and Inspectors Report” section in the documents area below.

    Copies of the annotated confirmed, with modifications, Side Roads Order, Compulsory Purchase Order and annotated made, with modifications, Slip Roads and Roundabout Order and the relevant Notices are now available to view in the Confirmed and Made Orders section in the documents area below.

    Following publication of the Compulsory Purchase Order Confirmation Notice on 25 June 2020, we have now begun the process of compulsory acquisition of the land required to construct the scheme. The process is being undertaken through General Vesting Declaration (GVD) which will transfer the ownership of land required to Highways England.

    We continue to carry out work in the central reservation of the A2 to remove the barrier and break out concrete to facilitate new drainage. We are also installing our new work compound which is located at Pepperhill and have been preparing both the access and car park for surfacing so they are fit for purpose.

    We undertake work in both day and night shifts to ensure safety to all and minimal disruption to our road users. Where night-time work is required, we set up lane closures for the safety of both our workforce and the travelling public.

Project information

Overview

At Bean junction we plan to retain the existing layout with the current roundabouts enlarged and controlled by traffic lights. There will be a new bridge over the A2 for southbound traffic, situated to the east of the existing Bean Lane overbridge, which will be retained for northbound traffic, and a new slip road on to the A2 for eastbound traffic. 

For Ebbsfleet junction the proposals will broadly follow the existing road layout with enlarged roundabouts controlled by traffic lights. The road between the roundabouts will be widened to a dual carriageway. The slip roads from the A2 will be retained and the slip roads to the A2 widened. 

The improvements will support economic development, including jobs and housing growth as well as increase road capacity to support future growth. Journey times at both junctions will improve with increased capacity for all road users as well as better safety. 

Highways England published the Orders for the A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet junction improvements scheme under the Highways Act 1980 on 14 February 2019 and submitted both the Side Roads Order and Compulsory Purchase Order to the Secretary of State for Transport for confirmation. The associated Section 10 Line Order was published in draft by the Secretary of State for Transport.

Following objections to the Scheme proposals, a public inquiry was held in October 2019 where an independent planning inspector heard evidence from Highways England and interested parties. The Inspectors Report (dated 6 January 2020) was completed and issued to the Secretary of State.

The initial published Orders, Environmental Statement and other supporting documentation, along with the Highways England Statement of Case and proposed modifications in connection with the October 2019 public inquiry can still be viewed within the documents area below.

If you have difficulty accessing any of the documents please contact us and we will try to supply you directly with an electronic copy.

Secretary of State Decision Letter

The Secretary of State, on 27 May 2020, confirmed with modifications both the Side Roads Order and Compulsory Purchase Order and made with modifications the Slip Roads and Roundabout Order. He subsequently issued a Decision Letter (dated 2 June 2020) with accompanying Annex to Highways England and those parties represented at the Public Inquiry.

Confirmed and Made Orders

Following issue of the Secretary of State Decision Letter and accompanying Annex as identified above, Highways England has prepared copies of the confirmed, with modifications, Side Roads Order, Compulsory Purchase Order and a copy of the made, with modifications, Slip Roads and Roundabout Order.

The Secretary of State has been unable to issue the official copies of the confirmed and made Orders and accompanying Maps due to COVID-19 restrictions currently in place. Therefore in the interim, an annotated version of the confirmed, with modifications, Side Roads Order and Compulsory Purchase Order and an annotated version of the made, with modifications, Slip Roads and Roundabout Order. The three Orders (marked in red, in line with the modifications put forward at the public inquiry and further changes included in the Decision Letter and Annex) have been prepared by Highways England to allow continuation of the Statutory Processes.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the need for social distancing, it is not possible for Highways England to deposit a physical copy of the annotated version of the Orders at a document viewing location. However they can be viewed electronically below:

The Compulsory Purchase Order Confirmation Notice is due for formal publication on 25 June 2020. This will be the start of the 6 weeks High Court Challenge period for the Compulsory Purchase Order.

General Vesting Declarations

Following publication of the Compulsory Purchase Order Confirmation Notice on 25 June 2020, we have now begun the process of compulsory acquisition of the land required to construct the scheme. The process is being undertaken through General Vesting Declaration (GVD) which will transfer the ownership of land required to Highways England.

The relevant GVD’s and their accompanying plans and copies of the Notice of Making and relevant Notices of Making for Unknown Ownership land are available to view under ‘General Vesting Declarations’ in the documents section of this page.

View our Statement of Case document.

Documents referred to in the Statement of Case can be found in the following sections in the 'Media and documents' area below:

  • Highways Act 1980 Orders
  • Statement of Case - Deposit Documents
  • Environmental 2019

If you have difficulty accessing any of the Deposit Documents please contact us and we will try to supply you directly with an electronic copy.

Public consultation report

We have published our report of the public consultation which took place between 21 February and 4 April 2018.

The results of our public consultation have been used to inform the development of this scheme.

Visit the consultation page to find out more about the consultation and view the report.

Documents

B.1 - Environmental Statement - Volume 1
Environmental Statement - Public Notice
B.4 - Environmental Statement - Non-technical Summary
B.2 - Volume 2 Appendix A Scoping Opinion Responses
Volume 2 Appendix B Outline Environmental Management Plan
Volume 2 Appendix C Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening
Volume 2 Appendix D Major Accidents and Disasters
Volume 2 Appendix E Air Quality
Volume 2 Appendix F Noise and Vibration
Volume 2 Appendix G Biodiversity
Volume 2 Appendix G.2 Biodiversity Ecology Survey Reports
Volume 2 Appendix G.4 Biodiversity Options Phase 1 Ecology Report
Volume 2 Appendix G3 Badger Report
Volume 2 Appendix H Road Drainage and the Water Environment
Volume 2 Appendix H.2 Drainage Strategy
Volume 2 Appendix H.3 Water Framework Directive
Volume 2 Appendix H.4 Flood Risk Assessment
Volume 2 Appendix I Landscape and Visual
Volume 2 Appendix J Geology and Soils
Volume 2 Appendix J.3 Hydrological Risk Assessment
Volume 2 Appendix J2 Envirocheck Report Part 1
Volume 2 Appendix J2 Envirocheck Report Part 2
Volume 2 Appendix J2 Envirocheck Report Part 3
Volume 2 Appendix J2 Envirocheck Report Part 4
Volume 2 Appendix J2 Envirocheck Report Part 5
Volume 2 Appendix J2 Envirocheck Report Part 6
Volume 2 Appendix K Cultural Heritage
Volume 2 Appendix K.2 Archaeology DBA
Volume 2 Appendix K.3 Kent Archaeology Evaluation
Volume 2 Appendix M People and Communities
Volume 2 Appendix N Climate
Volume 2 Appendix O Assessment of Cumulative Effects
Volume 2 Appendix P Veteran Tree Survey
B.3 - Volume 3 Figures Chapter 1 and 2 (Part 1)
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 1 and 2 (Part 2)
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 1 and 2 (Part 3)
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 1 and 2 (Part 4)
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 5
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 6 (Part 1)
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 6 (Part 2)
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 7
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 8
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 9 (Part 1)
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 9 (Part 2)
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 9 (Part 3)
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 10
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 11
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 13 and 15

Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

Sign up for updates!

Keep up to date with what's happening on this scheme by signing up to our updates.

Feedback