A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet junction improvements

Region:  South East
Start date:  March 2020
Cost:  TBC
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  March 2023
Programme:  

Progress report

Following the public consultation that took place from 21 February to 4 April 2018, we have been refining the scheme design taking into consideration feedback from the consultation.

As part of this work, a review of the planning process for the scheme was undertaken. The review determined that the A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet junction improvements scheme would not automatically be considered a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, due to the scale and nature of the proposals. The planning consent for scheme will therefore be considered under the Highways Act 1980 rather than through the Development Consent Order (DCO) process.

Although not required under the Highways Act 1980, Highways England will still be publishing a consultation report detailing the comments received during the last public consultation and responses from the design team. We will also continue to engage with all our key stakeholders, including land owners and local residents' groups.

You can find more details about the consultation that took place earlier in 2018 by visiting the consultation page.

What's next

This winter we will publish Orders, the Environmental Statement and the Public Consultation report. We will publicise these through the press along with emails and letters to impacted stakeholders. The published material will be available for anyone to view on our web pages and at local deposit points.

Following the publishing of the Orders there will be a period for objections, which will be for a minimum of 6 weeks.

After reviewing any objections received, the Secretary of State will then determine whether or not there is to be a Public Inquiry.

Timeline

Date Event
21 February to 4 April 2018 Statutory Consultation
Winter 2018/19 Publish Orders under the Highways Act along with the Environmental Statement and the Consultation Report
2019 Highways Act 1980 planning process
2020 Construction starts (if planning consent is granted)
2022/2023 Scheme opens for traffic

Why we need this scheme

We want to make sure all our major roads are more dependable, durable and most importantly safe. That’s why we’re delivering £15 billion of investment on our national network – 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 smooth traffic flow, improve journey times and increase 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

Aims

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

Scheme benefits

  • support economic development, including jobs and housing growth
  • increase road capacity to support future growth
  • smooth traffic and 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

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J1 and J7 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 23:59 on 14 December 2018 to 06:00 on 24 May 2019.
Posted: December 14, 2018, 11:59 pm
Location : The M20 westbound at junction J1 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 17 December 2018 to 19 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 14, 2018, 1:30 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J3 and J1 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 17 December 2018 to 19 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 14, 2018, 1:30 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J1A and J31 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 05:30 from 17 December 2018 to 21 December 2018. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 December 2018 to 05:30 on 22 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 14, 2018, 1:21 pm
Location : The A282 anticlockwise entry slip from the A206 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 05:30 from 17 December 2018 to 21 December 2018. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 December 2018 to 05:30 on 22 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 14, 2018, 1:21 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise entry slip at junction J1A . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 05:30 from 17 December 2018 to 21 December 2018. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 December 2018 to 05:30 on 22 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 14, 2018, 1:21 pm
Location : The A1089 northbound between the A126 Tilbury and the junction with the A13 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 20 December 2018 to 05:00 on 21 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 13, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The A1089 southbound. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 20 December 2018 to 05:00 on 21 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 13, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The A1089 southbound between the A13 and the junction with the A126 Tilbury. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 20 December 2018 to 05:00 on 21 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 13, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J2 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 December 2018 to 05:00 on 17 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 13, 2018, 2:40 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 December 2018 to 05:00 on 17 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 13, 2018, 9:51 am
Location : The A2 westbound between the M25 and the junction with the A2018 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 19 December 2018 to 22 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The A2 eastbound between the A2018 and the junction with the M25 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 19 December 2018 to 22 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise exit slip at junction J30 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 17 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 10:11 pm
Location : The A13 eastbound exit slip to the A126 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 17 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The A13 eastbound between the junctions with the M25 and the A1012 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 17 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The A13 eastbound between the junctions with the A126 and the A1012 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 17 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J1A and J31 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 December 2018 to 05:00 on 17 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am

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