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.

We 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 six 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.

Public inquiry

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.

We prepared and served our Statement of Case for the scheme on the Secretary of State and on each statutory objector on 16 May 2019, six weeks after the Relevant Date. A copy of our 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

On 15 July 2019 the Department for Transport sent out a notification that the public inquiry will begin at 10am on 1 October 2019 at the Mercure Dartford Brands Hatch Hotel, Longfield, Kent DA3 8PE. The location is easily accessible by road and served by a local bus from Dartford town centre.

On 1 August 2019 we published the Notice of the Inquiries in the local press and posted copies locally to the scheme:

Copies of the Orders and the Environmental Statement are available for inspection at the following places during their normal opening hours:

  • Highways England, Bridge House, 1 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LZ
  • Dartford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Home Gardens, Dartford, DA1 1DR
  • Swanscombe & Greenhithe Town Council, The Groves, Swanscombe, DA10 0GA

We continue to work with customers to address and resolve the representations and objections that have been received.

An independent programme officer has been appointed to manage communications between us, the appointed Inspector and parties objecting to the scheme.

Promoters Detailed Modifications

Further to the above Orders published on 14 February 2019 and as a result of ongoing scheme development, Highways England has produced a modified design to the preliminary design at Bean North Roundabout.

In summary, while we intend to largely keep the A2 eastbound offslip at Bean junction in its existing location and format, there are some minor adjustments to positioning and orientation of the roundabout itself and the north side entry / exit roads. This means that we will not have to carry out such extensive earthworks to the west of Bean junction and there will also be less environmental impact at this particular location. Consequently, this will also save costs and potentially time which is of benefit to the scheme and to our customers.

Further information on the detailed modification is included in the links below:

Copies of the modifications to the above Orders and a detailed modification report have also been put on deposit and may be inspected at the offices as shown in the section above.

If you have comments about this modification you can make your comments to Department for Transport:

Secretary of State for Transport
National Transport Casework Team
Tyneside House
Skinnerburn Road
Newcastle Business Park
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 7AR

or by email to nationalcasework@dft.gov.uk

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 the Public Inquiry will be confirmed following a pre-inquiry meeting scheduled to take place at 10am on Wednesday 7 August 2019 at The Eastgate Centre, 141 Springhead Parkway, Northfleet, Gravesend, Kent DA11 8AD.

The purpose of the pre-inquiry meeting is to enable views to be put to the Inspector about the way in which the scheme is to be examined and to assist with the smooth running of the inquiry. An agenda has been raised, which indicates the areas that the Inspector wishes to discuss at the meeting, however other issues relating to the Inquiry procedures can also be raised.

Further information relevant to the public inquiry will be added to this scheme web page when available.

Detailed Modifications and Alternatives

The Public Inquiry notice invites any person who intends to submit at the Inquiries an alternative route or modification to the highways to which the Orders are related, to send them to the address below not later than 27 August 2019. They should include sufficient information about the alternative route or the route of the new highway to enable it to be easily identified.

Submissions should be sent to:

Department for Transport
National Transport Casework Team
Tyneside House
Skinnerburn Road
Newcastle Business Park
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 7AR

or by email to nationalcasework@dft.gov.uk

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
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.

Public consultation report

We have published our report of the 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.

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 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 M25 anticlockwise exit slip at junction J30 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 31 August 2019 to 05:00 on 1 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 24, 2019, 9:12 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise exit slip at junction J30 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 31 August 2019 to 05:00 on 1 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 24, 2019, 9:12 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise entry slip at junction J1A . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 31 August 2019 to 05:00 on 1 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 24, 2019, 9:12 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise at junction J30 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 31 August 2019 to 05:00 on 1 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 24, 2019, 9:12 pm
Location : The A2 westbound. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:13 on 22 August 2019 to 06:00 on 13 September 2019.
Posted: August 24, 2019, 12:15 pm
Location : The A2 eastbound between the A2260 and the junction with the A227 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:13 on 22 August 2019 to 06:00 on 13 September 2019.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 6:21 pm
Location : The A1089 northbound between the junctions with the A126 Tilbury and the A126 Grays. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 29 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 5:48 pm
Location : The A1089 southbound between the A126 Grays and the junction with the A126 Tilbury. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 29 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 5:07 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J1 and J7 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 August 2019 to 06:00 on 2 November 2019.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 8:16 am
Location : The A2 westbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 August 2019 to 06:00 on 30 August 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 6:22 am
Location : The A2 westbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 August 2019 to 06:00 on 30 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 6:22 am
Location : The A2 eastbound between the M25 and the junction with the A227 . 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 27 August 2019 to 31 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 September 2019 to 11 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 5:53 am
Location : The A2 eastbound between the M25 and the junction with the M2 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 August 2019 to 06:00 on 12 September 2019.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 5:53 am
Location : The A2 westbound exit slip to the A2260 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 29 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 5:02 am
Location : The A2 westbound entry slip from the A2260 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 29 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 5:02 am
Location : The B259 southbound between the junctions with the A2 and the A227 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 31 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 September 2019 to 7 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 5:02 am
Location : The A2 eastbound between the junctions with the M25 and the A2260 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 31 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 September 2019 to 7 September 2019.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 5:02 am
Location : The A2 eastbound exit slip to the A2260 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 31 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 September 2019 to 7 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 5:02 am
Location : The A13 eastbound entry slip from the A1012 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 August 2019 to 05:00 on 30 August 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 9:15 pm
Location : The A13 eastbound between the A126 and the junction with the A1089 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 August 2019 to 05:00 on 30 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 9:15 pm
Location : The A13 eastbound exit slip to the A1012 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 August 2019 to 05:00 on 30 August 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 9:15 pm
Location : The A2 westbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 August 2019 to 31 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 September 2019 to 5 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 September 2019 to 13 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 9:33 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J1A and J31 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 27 August 2019 to 30 August 2019. Schedule : From 23:00 on 30 August 2019 to 06:00 on 31 August 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 8:14 am
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J2 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 27 August 2019 to 05:00 on 28 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J31 and J1A . Lane Closures : Lanes 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 27 August 2019 to 30 August 2019. Schedule : From 23:00 on 30 August 2019 to 06:00 on 31 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The A1089 southbound between the junctions with the A126 Grays and the A126 Tilbury. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 29 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J2 and J3 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 28 August 2019 to 30 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 2 September 2019 to 6 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 9 September 2019 to 13 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 16 September 2019 to 20 September 2019.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise entry slip at junction J31 . Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 27 August 2019 to 30 August 2019. Schedule : From 23:00 on 30 August 2019 to 06:00 on 31 August 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The A1089 southbound between the A126 Grays and the junction with the A126 Tilbury. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 08:00 on 10 August 2019 to 20:00 on 29 November 2019.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J1A and J31 . Lane Closures : Lanes 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 27 August 2019 to 30 August 2019. Schedule : From 23:00 on 30 August 2019 to 06:00 on 31 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm

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