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

On 2 June 2020 we received notification from the Secretary of State for Transport that the A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet junction improvements scheme can proceed to construction. The Inspector‚Äôs report into the October 2019 public inquiry has been published and the Secretary of State for Transport has issued his decision into the Scheme proposals by way of a Decision Letter and accompanying Annex. The Decision Letter, Annex and Inspectors Report can be viewed in the ‚ÄúDecision Letter and Inspectors Report‚ÄĚ section in the 'Media and documents' area below.

Copies of the annotated confirmed, with modifications, Side Roads Order, Compulsory Purchase Order and annotated made, with modifications, Slip Roads and Roundabout Order and the relevant Notices are now available to view in the Confirmed and Made Orders section in the Media and documents area below.

Following publication of the Compulsory Purchase Order Confirmation Notice on 25 June 2020, we have now begun the process of compulsory acquisition of the land required to construct the scheme. The process is being undertaken through General Vesting Declaration (GVD) which will transfer the ownership of land required to Highways England.

We continue to carry out work in the central reservation of the A2 to remove the barrier and break out concrete to facilitate new drainage. We are also installing our new work compound which is located at Pepperhill and have been preparing both the access and car park for surfacing so they are fit for purpose.

We undertake work in both day and night shifts to ensure safety to all and minimal disruption to our road users. Where night-time work is required, we set up lane closures for the safety of both our workforce and the travelling public.

What's next?

The installation of the new drainage in the central reservation will continue until the end of July. We will then break out the existing concrete to accommodate the implementation of the concrete barrier. From early August 2020 we will start to lay the foundations at Bean bridge.

There is a planned full carriageway closure to remove the existing gantry near Bean junction. This will take place overnight on Saturday 8 August from 8pm to 8am on Sunday 9 August. There will be a fully signed diversion route in place which will add approximately 10 minutes to road user journeys.

We will continue to keep all our stakeholders, customers and residents up to date with more details on the scheme as we proceed with construction over the coming months.

If you would like to subscribe to a newsletter which we will be producing to keep you informed about the project during construction, please email us at A2BeanandEbbsfleetJunctionsImprovements@highwaysengland.co.uk and we will add your email address to our database. These newsletters will also be added to our webpage.

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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
7 August 2019 Pre-Inquiry Meeting
1 October 2019 Start of Public Inquiry
June 2020 Outcome of Public Inquiry
2020 Construction starts
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 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.

Following objections to the Scheme proposals, a public inquiry was held in October 2019 where an independent planning inspector heard evidence from Highways England and interested parties. The Inspectors Report (dated 6 January 2020) was completed and issued to the Secretary of State.

The initial published Orders, Environmental Statement and other supporting documentation, along with the Highways England Statement of Case and proposed modifications in connection with the October 2019 public inquiry can still be viewed within the ‚ÄėMedia and documents‚Äô area below.

If you have difficulty accessing any of the documents please contact us and we will try to supply you directly with an electronic copy.

Secretary of State Decision Letter

The Secretary of State, on 27 May 2020, confirmed with modifications both the Side Roads Order and Compulsory Purchase Order and made with modifications the Slip Roads and Roundabout Order. He subsequently issued a Decision Letter (dated 2 June 2020) with accompanying Annex to Highways England and those parties represented at the Public Inquiry.

Confirmed and Made Orders

Following issue of the Secretary of State Decision Letter and accompanying Annex as identified above, Highways England has prepared copies of the confirmed, with modifications, Side Roads Order, Compulsory Purchase Order and a copy of the made, with modifications, Slip Roads and Roundabout Order.

The Secretary of State has been unable to issue the official copies of the confirmed and made Orders and accompanying Maps due to COVID-19 restrictions currently in place. Therefore in the interim, an annotated version of the confirmed, with modifications, Side Roads Order and Compulsory Purchase Order and an annotated version of the made, with modifications, Slip Roads and Roundabout Order. The three Orders (marked in red, in line with the modifications put forward at the public inquiry and further changes included in the Decision Letter and Annex) have been prepared by Highways England to allow continuation of the Statutory Processes.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the need for social distancing, it is not possible for Highways England to deposit a physical copy of the annotated version of the Orders at a document viewing location. However they can be viewed electronically below:

The Compulsory Purchase Order Confirmation Notice is due for formal publication on 25 June 2020. This will be the start of the 6 weeks High Court Challenge period for the Compulsory Purchase Order.

Please note: Upon receipt of the official confirmed and made Orders and maps from the Secretary of State for Transport, they will be uploaded onto the Highways England website.

General Vesting Declarations

Following publication of the Compulsory Purchase Order Confirmation Notice on 25 June 2020, we have now begun the process of compulsory acquisition of the land required to construct the scheme. The process is being undertaken through General Vesting Declaration (GVD) which will transfer the ownership of land required to Highways England.

The relevant GVD‚Äôs and their accompanying plans and copies of the Notice of Making and relevant Notices of Making for Unknown Ownership land are available to view under ‚ÄėGeneral Vesting Declarations‚Äô in the Media and documents section of this page.

Why we need this scheme

We want to make sure all our major roads are more dependable, durable and most importantly safe. That‚Äôs why we‚Äôre delivering ¬£15 billion of investment on our national network ‚Äď 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.

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
  • 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 A2 eastbound between the M25 and the junction with the A2260 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:04 on 24 July 2020 to 06:00 on 15 August 2020.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 10:01 am
Location : The A2 eastbound between the junctions with the M25 and the A2260 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 11 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 8:16 am
Location : The A2 westbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 8 August 2020 to 12:00 on 9 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 5:07 am
Location : The A2 eastbound between the M25 and the junction with the A2260 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 8 August 2020 to 06:00 on 9 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 5:07 am
Location : The A2 westbound between the A2260 and the junction with the M25 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 8 August 2020 to 12:00 on 9 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 5:07 am
Location : The A2 westbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 8 August 2020 to 12:00 on 9 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 5:05 am
Location : The A2 westbound between the A227 and the junction with the A2260 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 8 August 2020 to 12:00 on 9 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 5:05 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise entry slip at junction J3 from M20. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 8 August 2020 to 06:00 on 9 August 2020. Schedule : From 22:30 on 9 August 2020 to 05:30 on 10 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 10 August 2020 to 14 August 2020. Schedule : From 23:00 on 14 August 2020 to 06:00 on 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 5:04 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise entry slip at junction J3 from A20. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 8 August 2020 to 06:00 on 9 August 2020. Schedule : From 22:30 on 9 August 2020 to 05:30 on 10 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 10 August 2020 to 14 August 2020. Schedule : From 23:00 on 14 August 2020 to 06:00 on 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 5:04 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J3 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 8 August 2020 to 06:00 on 9 August 2020. Schedule : From 22:30 on 9 August 2020 to 05:30 on 10 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 10 August 2020 to 14 August 2020. Schedule : From 23:00 on 14 August 2020 to 06:00 on 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 5:04 am
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J3 and J1 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 10 August 2020 to 14 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 17 August 2020 to 21 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 24 August 2020 to 28 August 2020. Schedule : From 09:30 on 31 August 2020 to 16:00 on 31 August 2020.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 3:00 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J31 and J1A . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 11 August 2020 to 14 August 2020. Schedule : From 23:00 on 14 August 2020 to 05:00 on 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 10:20 am
Location : The M25 clockwise exit slip at junction J1A . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 11 August 2020 to 14 August 2020. Schedule : From 23:00 on 14 August 2020 to 06:00 on 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 10:20 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise entry slip at junction J1B . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 11 August 2020 to 14 August 2020. Schedule : From 23:00 on 14 August 2020 to 06:00 on 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 10:10 am
Location : The A2 eastbound at the junction with the M25 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 5:07 am
Location : The A2 westbound between the junctions with the A2260 and the M25 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 13 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 August 2020 to 22 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 August 2020 to 29 August 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 31 August 2020 to 06:00 on 1 September 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 5:07 am
Location : The A2 eastbound between the junctions with the M25 and the A2260 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 5:07 am
Location : The A2 westbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 6 August 2020 to 05:30 on 7 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 August 2020 to 22 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 August 2020 to 29 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 4:19 am
Location : The A2 westbound exit slip to the A2018 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 27 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 7:24 pm
Location : The A2 eastbound exit slip to the A2018 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 27 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 7:24 pm
Location : The A1089 northbound between the junctions with the A126 Tilbury and the A126 Grays. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 10 August 2020 to 11 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 8:42 am
Location : The A1089 northbound between the A126 Tilbury and the junction with the A13 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 10 August 2020 to 11 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 8:42 am
Location : The A1089 southbound between the junctions with the A13 and the A126 Grays. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 10 August 2020 to 11 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 8:42 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise at junction J1A . Lane Closures : Lanes 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 9 August 2020 to 05:00 on 10 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 2, 2020, 9:12 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J1A and J31 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 9 August 2020 to 05:00 on 10 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 2, 2020, 9:12 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise entry slip at junction J31 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 8 August 2020 to 05:00 on 9 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 1, 2020, 9:12 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J31 and J1A . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 8 August 2020 to 05:00 on 9 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 1, 2020, 9:12 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J1A and J31 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 8 August 2020 to 05:00 on 9 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 1, 2020, 8:42 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise at junction J1A . Lane Closures : Lanes 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 8 August 2020 to 05:00 on 9 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 1, 2020, 8:42 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise exit slip at junction J2 to A2 East. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 8 August 2020 to 06:00 on 9 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 1, 2020, 5:07 am
Location : The A2 westbound. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:04 on 24 July 2020 to 06:00 on 1 September 2020.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 12:29 pm
Location : The A2 westbound between the A2260 and the junction with the M25 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 13 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am

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