The statutory consultation for this scheme is now closed. It took place from 21 February to 4 April 2018. See our consultation page for more details.
Following the consultation we will analyse all feedback and produce a consultation report. This will then be part of a planning application called a development consent order (DCO) to the Planning Inspectorate.
After the examination the Planning Inspectorate will make a recommendation to the Government which makes the final decision on the scheme. We will only be able to construct the scheme if the Development Consent Order is granted. Consent will also allow compulsory purchase of any land required.
For more information about the process for proposed major infrastructure projects visit the Planning Inspectorate website or call 0303 4445000.
The Highways England Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC) for this A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet statutory consultation provides an explanation of our consultation approach. This document was sent to the local authorities for comment and has been amended accordingly.
|21 February to 4 April 2018||Statutory Consultation|
|Autumn 2018||Submit a planning application (the Development Consent Order) to the Planning Inspectorate, which includes the final consultation report|
|2018-2019||The Planning Inspectorate evaluates the scheme|
|2019||The Planning Inspectorate makes a recommendation to the Government, which will decide whether to give the scheme consent|
|2020||If planning consent is granted then construction starts|
|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 at:
- 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 aim 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
- supports economic development, including jobs and housing growth
- increases road capacity to support future growth
- smooths traffic and improves journey times at both junctions
- increases capacity for all road users without endangering safety
- improves safety for all road users
- provides better facilities for cyclists and pedestrians
- provides better access to public transport
- working 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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