M2 junction 5 improvementsRecently updated

Improvements to the slip roads and junction approaches at the M2 junction 5.

Region:  South East
Start date:  2019/20
Cost:  £50-£100million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  

Progress report

We consulted on proposals to improve the M2 Junction 5/A249 Stockbury Roundabout between September and October 2017. Since then we have been carefully considering all the feedback we received.

We can now confirm that a modified version of the discounted flyover option (Option 4) has been chosen as our preferred route for this scheme. This is called Option 4H1. You can view the Preferred Route Announcement brochure, along with the Report on Public Consultation and our Scheme Assessment Report, on our consultation page.

Towards the end of 2018/early 2019 we will be holding a series of drop in events around the scheme to give people with an interest in it the opportunity to talk to us. Please see the 'Community news' section below for more details. We will also be making special arrangements to meet with any landowners who will be affected, and we have contacted these people individually.

What next?

Now we have announced the preferred route, we will carry out more detailed surveys and investigations to allow us to continue to design Option 4H1. The scheme will proceed under the Highways Act 1980 so there will be a series of public information events in late 2018/early 2019.

We currently expect work to start on site no later than March 2020 with an anticipated 18 month construction period.

Timeline

Date Event
May 2018 Preferred Route Announcement
Late 2018/Early 2019 Public Information Events
March 2020 Start of Works
Late Autumn/Early Winter 2021 Open to the Public

Why we need this scheme

The M2 Junction 5/A249 Stockbury Roundabout cannot cope with existing traffic flows. At certain times of day, there are high levels of congestion and delay on the A249 southbound (towards Maidstone), northbound (towards Sittingbourne) and on the approaches to the junction and on the exit slop road from the M2 westbound (towards Stockbury Roundabout).

Congestion is expected to worsen in the future due to planned development and population growth. Traffic is already diverting away from the M2 Junction 5/A249 Stockbury Roundabout to alternative rural routes to avoid the congestion, putting undue pressure on local roads not suited to large volumes of traffic and increasing safety risks.

The junction is one of the top 50 national casualty locations on England’s major ‘A’ roads and motorways - there were 111 personal injury accidents between January 2011 and December 2015 and nearly half occurred during morning and evening peak periods.

Aims

The Aims of the scheme are to:

  • improve journey times: our improvement scheme will reduce delays meaning people will have quicker and more reliable journeys
  • make journeys safer: improving the junction will improve safety for all road users
  • support economic growth: increasing capacity at the junction will support the future housing and employment growth in the area
  • help cyclists and pedestrians: working with the local authorities we will aim to improve facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorised users
  • deliver high standards of highway design: resulting in a scheme that is in keeping with the local environment, minimising environmental impacts and where feasible make conditions better

The scheme in detail

An artist’s impression of the new junction is shown in the PRA brochure leaflet. Details of the proposed option include:

  • existing roundabout replaced with a new grade-separated interchange, which is a flyover, to provide free-flowing movement on the A249
  • 2 new dedicated free-flowing slip roads: A left turn for traffic travelling from the A249 southbound to the M2 westbound and a left turn from the A249 northbound to the M2 eastbound
  • the existing connection from the Maidstone Road to the A249 Stockbury Roundabout to be closed, and Maidstone Road to be re-routed to link with Oad Street
  • the existing junction of Oad Street with the A249 to be closed. A new link to be provided south of the existing Oad Street to connect directly with the A249 Stockbury Roundabout
  • the Honeycrock Hill junction with the A249 to be closed for safety reasons

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Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:18 on 19 October 2018 to 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:19 pm
Location : The M2 westbound entry slip at junction J3 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:17 on 19 October 2018 to 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:18 pm
Location : The M20 westbound entry slip at junction J8 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:06 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:05 on 19 October 2018 to 06:00 on 15 November 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:05 pm
Location : The M20 westbound exit slip at junction J7 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:04 pm
Location : The M20 westbound exit slip at junction J8 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:04 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J3 and J1 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:02 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:02 pm
Location : The M2 westbound exit slip at junction J2 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:02 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 19:58 on 19 October 2018 to 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 6:58 pm
Location : The M20 westbound entry slip at junction J5 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 19:54 on 19 October 2018 to 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 6:54 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound entry slip at junction J5 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 22 October 2018 to 26 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 29 October 2018 to 30 October 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 4:00 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 06:00 on 22 October 2018 to 20:00 on 30 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 1:33 pm
Location : The M2 westbound at junction J2 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 06:00 on 22 October 2018 to 20:00 on 30 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 1:33 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound entry slip at junction J8 . 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 29 October 2018 to 2 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 November 2018 to 9 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 12 November 2018 to 23 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 November 2018 to 30 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 5:09 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J7 and J10 . 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 29 October 2018 to 2 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 November 2018 to 9 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 12 November 2018 to 23 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 November 2018 to 30 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 5:08 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J7 and J10 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 22:02 on 17 October 2018 to 06:00 on 30 November 2018.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 9:03 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 16:16 on 3 September 2018 to 06:00 on 19 November 2018.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 10:46 am

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