The scheme comprises improvements at Bean and Ebbsfleet junctions on the A2 in north Kent, to support the level of development and wider growth in the region.
Highways England published the Orders for the A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet junction improvements scheme under the Highways Act 1980 on 14 February 2019. Following their publication, there was a representation period of 6 weeks that ended on 28 March 2019.
The Orders and supporting documentation are still available to view online, please visit the Highways Act 1980 Orders section below.
The preliminary design drawings are included in the 'Highways Act 1980 Orders' section in the Media and documents area below, along with the reports that detail the traffic assessments undertaken during the preliminary design.
Highways England prepared and served their Statement of Case for the scheme on the Secretary of State and on each statutory objector on 16 May 2019, 6 weeks after the Relevant Date. A copy of Highways Englandâ€™s Statement of Case and the Deposit Documents referred to in it are available to view online in the 'Highways Act 1980 Orders' and 'Statement of Case - Deposit Documents' sections below. They are also available for inspection at the following location during their normal opening hours:
- Dartford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Home Gardens, Dartford, DA1 1DR
On 4 April 2019 the Department for Transport issued to all objectors a â€˜notice of intention to hold Public Local Inquiriesâ€™ into the Orders for the A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet junction improvements. The date of this notice is known as the â€˜Relevant Dateâ€™ and other key dates in the Public Inquiry process are measured from it.
The Public Inquiry is scheduled to start on 1 October 2019 and will be held at the Mercure Dartford Brands Hatch Hotel. The location is accessible by road and a local bus service from Bean Village.
A Pre-Inquiries Meeting will be held beginning at 10.00 am on Wednesday 7 August 2019 at The Eastgate Centre, 141 Springhead Parkway, Northfleet, Gravesend, Kent DA11 8AD. The purpose of the Pre-Inquiry Meeting is to enable views to be put to the Inspector about the way in which the scheme is to be examined and to assist with the smooth running of the Inquiry. An agenda has been raised, which indicates the areas that the Inspector wishes to discuss at the meeting, however other issues relating to the Inquiry procedures can also be raised.
An independent Programme Officer has been appointed to manage communications between the appointed Inspector, Highways England and parties objecting to the scheme.
Details of Public Inquiry will be confirmed at the beginning of August and will be added to this scheme web page when available.
|21 February to 4 April 2018||Statutory Consultation|
|14 February 2019||Published Orders under the Highways Act along with the Environmental Statement and the Consultation Report|
|28 March 2019||End of representation period|
|16 May 2019||Highways England serves Statement of Case|
|2019||Highways Act 1980 planning process|
|7 August 2019||Pre-Inquiry Meeting|
|1 October 2019||Start of Public Inquiry|
|2019-2020||Construction starts (if planning consent is granted)|
|2022-2023||Scheme opens for traffic|
Highways Act 1980 Orders
Highways England published the Orders for the A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet junction improvements scheme under the Highways Act 1980 on 14 February 2019.
Publication of the Orders follows the statutory process that would give Highways England the authority to make the necessary alterations to the existing highways network to enable the A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet scheme to be built, using powers available to us under the Highways Act 1980.
Highways England made 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.
The scheme proposals require the following Orders:
The Highways England (A2 Trunk Road Bean and Ebbsfleet Junction Improvements) (Side Roads) Order 2019
The Highways England (A2 Trunk Road Bean and Ebbsfleet Junction Improvements) Compulsory Purchase Order 2019
- Compulsory Purchase Order â€“ Order and Schedule booklet
- Compulsory Purchase Order - Plans
- Compulsory Purchase Order - Public Notice
The A2 Trunk Road (Bean and Ebbsfleet Junction Improvements) (Slip Roads and Roundabouts) Order 20..
Supporting documents that have also been published include:
- Statement of Reasons
- Consultation Report
- Preliminary Design Drawings (available in the 'Highways Act 1980 Orders' section below)
- Scheme Assessment Report (available in the 'Consultation 2017' section below)
- Technical Appraisal Report (available in the 'Consultation 2017' section below)
- Environmental Statement - Volume 1
- Environmental Statement - Volume 2 â€“ Appendices (available in the 'Environmental 2019' section below)
- Environmental Statement - Volume 3 â€“ Figures (available in the 'Environmental 2019' section below)
- Environmental Statement - Non-technical Summary
- Environmental Statement - Public Notice
Highways England Statement of Case
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.
Why we need this scheme
We want to make sure all our major roads are more dependable, durable and most importantly safe. Thatâ€™s why weâ€™re delivering Â£15 billion of investment on our national network â€“ the largest investment in a generation. The A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet junction improvements scheme is part of this programme.
The Kent Thameside area is predicted to see significant growth in the future. Around 15,000 homes and 30,000 jobs are expected to be created by the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation. Additional growth is underway in the Dartford area, with over 4,000 homes being build and planning permission for another 3,915 homes.
This scheme will provide additional capacity at each junction to accommodate the new developments, while improving journey times and increasing safety, which is great news for the local and regional economy.
The scheme in detail
The Bean and Ebbsfleet junctions are on the busy A2 trunk road separated by approximately 1.2 miles (2 kilometres). The Bean junction connects the Bluewater shopping centre and the B255 to the A2. The Ebbsfleet junction connects the A2 with the B259 Southfleet Road.
We are proposing to improve both junctions:
- Bean junction: we propose 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.
- 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 aims of this scheme were developed in conjunction with the Department for Transport and local authorities. Improving the junctions will:
- support economic and housing growth in north Kent, including Ebbsfleet Garden City
- increase capacity of the junctions and minimise the impact on the A2
- improve journey times
- improve road safety
- minimise impact on the environment
- provide value for money
- support economic development, including jobs and housing growth
- increase road capacity to support future growth
- improve journey times at both junctions
- increase capacity for all road users without endangering safety
- improve safety for all road users
- provide better facilities for cyclists and pedestrians
- provide better access to public transport
- work to protect the local environment
Project media files and documents
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