A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet junction improvements

Region:  South East
Start date:  2019-20
Cost:  TBC
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2022-23
Programme:  

Progress report

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.

On 4 April 2019 the Department for Transport issued to all objectors a ‘notice of intention to hold Public Local Inquiries’ into the Orders for the A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet junction improvements. The date of this notice is known as the ‘Relevant Date’ and other key dates in the Public Inquiry process are measured from it. Highways England is working with customers to address and resolve the representations and objections that have been received.

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 England’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

Public consultation report

We also published the report of our 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.

What's next?

Details of Public Inquiry will be confirmed and advertised in the local papers and included on this website shortly. This will include the proposed start date of the Public Inquiry, details of the venue and the Planning Inspector.

An independent Programme Officer will be appointed following issues of the notice of Public Inquiry to manage communications between the appointed Inspector, Highways England’s and parties objecting to the Scheme.

Timeline

Date Event
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
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

The A2 Trunk Road (Bean and Ebbsfleet Junction Improvements) (Slip Roads and Roundabouts) Order 20..

Supporting documents that have also been published include:

Environmental Statement

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.

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

Project media files and documents

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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

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 M25 anticlockwise at junction J30 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 9:25 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J2 and J1A . Lane Closures : Lane four is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of four lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 9:02 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J1 and J3 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 9:02 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise entry slip at junction J30 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 22:01 on 20 June 2019 to 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 9:02 pm
Location : The A13 eastbound exit slip to the M25 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 9:01 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J1A and J31 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There are two of four lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 9:01 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J30 and J29 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 9:01 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise entry slip at junction J30 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 9:01 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J1A and J31 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 8:02 pm
Location : The A2 eastbound between the A2260 and the junction with the M2 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2, 3 and 4 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There are three of four lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:50 pm
Location : The A2 eastbound entry slip from the A227 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:05 on 20 June 2019 to 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:41 pm
Location : The A2 eastbound entry slip from the A227 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:20 pm
Location : The A2 eastbound. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:20 pm
Location : The A2 eastbound. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:20 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J1 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 June 2019 to 05:00 on 25 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 11:14 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J1 and J7 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 19 June 2019 to 06:00 on 14 September 2019.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 7:02 pm
Location : The A282 anticlockwise entry slip from the A206 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 22 June 2019 to 05:00 on 23 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise at junction J1A . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 22 June 2019 to 05:00 on 23 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A2 eastbound. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:05 on 11 June 2019 to 06:00 on 26 October 2019.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J2 and J1A . Lane Closures : Lanes 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 24 June 2019 to 28 June 2019. Schedule : From 23:00 on 28 June 2019 to 06:00 on 29 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise at junction J2 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 24 June 2019 to 28 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J31 and J1B . Lane Closures : Lanes 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 24 June 2019 to 28 June 2019. Schedule : From 23:00 on 28 June 2019 to 06:00 on 29 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J1 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 23:00 on 21 June 2019 to 05:00 on 22 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J1 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 June 2019 to 24 June 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 7 July 2019 to 06:00 on 8 July 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 14 July 2019 to 06:00 on 15 July 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 July 2019 to 06:00 on 18 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise entry slip at junction J1A . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 22 June 2019 to 05:00 on 23 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise at junction J2 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 24 June 2019 to 28 June 2019. Schedule : From 23:00 on 28 June 2019 to 06:00 on 29 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J1A and J31 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 23 June 2019 to 05:00 on 24 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J1A and J1B . Lane Closures : Lanes 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 24 June 2019 to 28 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm

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