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.
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.
|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. Thatâ€™s why weâ€™re delivering ÂŁ15 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 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
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
- 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
Project media files and documents
Statutory Consultation Questionnaire
Statement of Community Consultation
Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Non-Technical Summary
Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Volume 1 - Main Report
Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Volume 2 - Appendices
Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Volume 3 Figures Chapter 1-2
Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Volume 3 Figures Chapter 2-5
Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Volume 3 Figures Chapter 6-7
Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Volume 3 Figures Chapter 8
Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Volume 3 Figures Chapter 9
Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Volume 3 Figures Chapter 10
Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Volume 3 Figures Chapter 11
Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Volume 3 Figures Chapter 12-15
Statutory Notice - Scheme Factsheet
Statutory Notice - Section 48 Notice
Statutory Notice - Development consent
A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet junction improvements - Needs Case
Bean Junction Map
Ebbsfleet Junction Map
Scheme Assessment Report Volume 2: Drawings - part 1 (August 2017)
Scheme Assessment Report Volume 2: Drawings - part 2 (August 2017)
Scheme Assessment Report Volume 2: Drawings - part 3 (August 2017)
Consultation Report (May 2017)
Technical appraisal report vol. 1 (January 2017)
Technical appraisal report vol. 2 - drawings (January 2017) (large file)
Environmental assessment report vol. 2: part 6
Environmental assessment report vol. 2: part 5
Environmental assessment report vol. 2: part 4
Environmental assessment report vol. 2: part 3
Environmental assessment report vol. 2: part 2
Environmental assessment report vol. 2: part 1
Environmental assessment report vol. 1
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