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

Following the Consultation held in late 2017 on the various options to improve the M2 Junction 5/A249 Stockbury Roundabout, we announced a Preferred Route in May 2018 which identified a modified version of the flyover option – 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.

We can now share the latest approved scheme design which will form the basis of the Planning Application:

What next?

In late Spring 2019, we will submit to the Planning Inspectorate:

  • the scheme Environmental Statement
  • relevant Traffic and Compulsory Purchase Orders required for planning permission under the Highways Act 1980

We will publish Notices of the Orders in the local press and make them available for viewing (along with all relevant documents):

  • at local venues
  • on the Highways England website

Once the Notices of the Application are published, there is a period of time (typically 6 weeks) for people to make objections and representations to the Secretary of State for Transport. We will provide guidance on how to do this with the Application.

Following the objection period, and having considered the submitted objections and representations, the Planning Inspector will decide whether a Public Inquiry will be required.

Once the Planning Application is approved and published, we will send relevant documents and information to residents, stakeholders and interested parties. We will also make them available for everyone to view here on the Highways England website.

Timeline

Date Event
May 2018 Preferred Route Announcement
Late Spring 2019 Publish Planning Application
Late Spring / early Summer 2019 Objection period
March 2020 Start of Works
Late Autumn/Early Winter 2021 Road 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

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

The scheme will:

  • improve journey times
  • make journeys safer
  • support economic growth
  • improve drainage and reduce flooding as result of rainfall on the highways
  • create additional public rights of way and support adjacent schemes to improve access for non-motorised users
  • improve access onto the A249 for properties lining the southbound carriageway
  • mitigate impacts on the visual landscape by reducing the height of the flyover, incorporating a cladding sympathetic to its surroundings and incorporating trees as screening
  • replace any lost habitats or vegetation as a result of the scheme
  • avoid any impact on ancient woodland or veteran trees

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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 M2 eastbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 31 May 2019.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 2:03 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J3 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 08:00 on 8 April 2019 to 20:00 on 31 May 2019.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 2:03 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 April 2019 to 06:00 on 30 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J2 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 April 2019 to 1 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lanes 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 April 2019 to 06:00 on 27 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J2 and J3 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 29 April 2019 to 3 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 6 May 2019 to 9 May 2019.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 26 April 2019.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M2 westbound at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 April 2019 to 06:00 on 27 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M2 westbound at junction J2 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 April 2019 to 06:00 on 27 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M2 westbound at junction J2 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 April 2019 to 06:00 on 30 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 28 April 2019.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J2 and J3 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:00 on 29 April 2019 to 19:00 on 9 May 2019.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J8 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 April 2019 to 06:00 on 1 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M2 westbound at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 April 2019 to 06:00 on 30 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J8 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 1 May 2019 to 06:00 on 2 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J8 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 2 May 2019 to 06:00 on 3 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound at junction J3 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 29 April 2019 to 3 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 6 May 2019 to 9 May 2019.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J8 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 April 2019 to 06:00 on 1 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 April 2019 to 1 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J6 and J1 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 April 2019 to 06:00 on 7 September 2019.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm

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