M2 junction 5 improvements

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

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

Progress report

We're making improvements to the M2 junction 5/A249 Stockbury Roundabout. These changes will support improvements to safety and the potential for economic development and growth in the region.

We published the Orders for the M2 junction 5/A249 Stockbury Roundabout improvements scheme under the Highways Act 1980 on 13 June 2019 with a representation period of six weeks that ended on 25 July 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 and Statement of Case

On 30 August the Department for Transport issued to all objectors a ‘notice of intention to hold Public Local Inquiries’ into the Orders for the M2 junction 5/A249 Stockbury Roundabout improvements scheme. The date of this notice is known as the ‘Relevant Date’ and other key dates in the public inquiry process are measured from it.

As part of the process, we have written a Statement of Case which summarises the scheme, objections and representations and Highways England responses. The documents referred to in the Statement of Case are available to view in the 'Highways Act 1980 Orders' and 'Statement of Case - Deposit Documents 2019' sections below.

Reference copies of all of these documents are also available for inspection at Sittingbourne Library, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4AH during their normal opening hours.

What's next?

When the date and venue for the Public Inquiry are finalised the Department for Transport will send out further notification.

We'll publish the date and venue of the Inquiry in the local paper and update this web page as well as send out letters to all those who made representations.

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

Timeline

Date Event
May 2018 Preferred Route Announcement
13 June 2019 Published Orders under the Highways Act along with the Environmental Statement and the Consultation Report
25 July 2019 End of representation period
Summer/Autumn 2019 Ground Investigation Surveys
30 August 2019 Department for Transport announce intention to hold Public Inquiry
11 October 2019 Highways England serves Statement of Case
Late Winter 2020 Likely period for Public Inquiry (up to two weeks duration)
March 2020 Construction starts (if planning consent granted)
Late autumn/Early winter 2021 Open to the Public

Highways Act 1980 Orders

Highways England published the Orders for the M2 junction 5/A249 Stockbury Roundabout junction improvements scheme under the Highways Act 1980 on 13 June 2019. The scheme proposals require the following Orders:

The Highways England (A249 Trunk Road Stockbury Roundabout Improvements) (Side Roads) Order 2019

The Highways England (A249 Trunk Road Stockbury Roundabout Improvements) Compulsory Purchase Order 2019

The A249 Trunk Road (Stockbury Roundabout Improvements) Order 20..

Supporting documents that have also been published include:

Environmental Statement

Ground Investigation Surveys

Ground investigation surveys are due to commence in late Spring/early Summer 2019. Highways England will use the results of these surveys to undertake further development of the scheme detailed design. The surveys will involve drilling exploratory boreholes which will determine the existing ground conditions. We have contacted affected landowners directly and we will seek to minimise disruption on the network for the duration of these works.

Statement of Case - Deposit Documents 2019

View the Statement of Case - Deposit Documents 2019 for links to all relevant documents.

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

A general arrangement of the scheme and an artist’s impression are shown in the 'Project background' section in the Media and documents area below. 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

Project media files and documents

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Environmental Statement - Public Notice
Environmental Statement - Non-technical Summary
Environmental Statement - Volume 1 Main Text
Volume 2 Appendix A Outline Environmental Management Plan
Volume 2 Appendix B Air Quality
Volume 2 Appendix C Noise and Vibration
Volume 2 Appendix D Biodiversity
Volume 2 Appendix D.1 Hazel Dormouse Survey
Volume 2 Appendix D.2 Reptile Survey
Volume 2 Appendix D.3 Breeding Birds Survey
Volume 2 Appendix D.4 Great Crested Newt Survey
Volume 2 Appendix D.5 Bat Survey
Volume 2 Appendix D.6 Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening
Volume 2 Appendix D.7 Hedgerow Assessment
Volume 2 Appendix D.8 Wintering Bird Survey
Volume 2 Appendix D.9 Badger Survey
Volume 2 Appendix E.1 Road Drainage and the Water Environment
Volume 2 Appendix E.2 Flood Risk Assessment
Volume 2 Appendix E.3 Water Framework Directive
Volume 2 Appendix E.4 Drainage Strategy
Volume 2 Appendix F Landscape and Visual
Volume 2 Appendix G.1 Geology and Soils
Volume 2 Appendix G.2 Geology and Soils Envirocheck Report Part 1
Volume 2 Appendix G.2 Geology and Soils Envirocheck Report Part 2
Volume 2 Appendix G.2 Geology and Soils Envirocheck Report Part 3
Volume 2 Appendix H.1 Archaeological Evaluation Report Part 1
Volume 2 Appendix H.1 Archaeological Evaluation Report Part 2
Volume 2 Appendix H.2 Further Archaeological Evaluation Report
Volume 2 Appendix H.3 Cultural Heritage
Volume 2 Appendix I Population and Human Health
Volume 2 Appendix J Assessment of Cumulative Effects
Volume 2 Appendix K Climate
Volume 2 Appendix L Major Accidents & Disasters
Volume 2 Appendix M Arboricultural Impact Assessment
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 1 and 2 (Part 1)
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 1 and 2 (Part 2)
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 5
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 6
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 10
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 11
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 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 M20 westbound between junctions J9 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 October 2019 to 25 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 12:53 pm
Location : The M20 westbound exit 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 21 October 2019 to 25 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 12:53 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J8 and J9 . 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 21 October 2019 to 25 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 12:53 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J2 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 October 2019 to 06:00 on 18 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 12:52 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound exit slip at junction J3 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 October 2019 to 19 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 7:42 am
Location : The M2 eastbound entry slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 October 2019 to 19 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 7:42 am
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 October 2019 to 19 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 7:42 am
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 October 2019 to 18 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 5:08 am
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J7 and J4 . 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 16 October 2019 to 18 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 October 2019 to 26 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 5:06 am
Location : The M2 westbound exit slip at junction J5 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 October 2019 to 18 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 October 2019 to 26 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 5:06 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J1 and J5 . 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 2 December 2019 to 7 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 18 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 5:06 am
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 17 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 5:04 am
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 17 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 5:04 am
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 17 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 5:04 am
Location : The M20 eastbound exit slip at junction J5 . 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 21 October 2019 to 26 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 12 November 2019 to 16 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 November 2019 to 23 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J8 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 17 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound exit slip at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 October 2019 to 06:00 on 19 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Contraflow. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 31 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There are two of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 October 2019 to 26 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 12 November 2019 to 16 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 November 2019 to 23 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 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 17:00 on 16 October 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J1 and J7 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 22:00 on 14 October 2019 to 06:00 on 18 December 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J3 and J7 . 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 21 October 2019 to 26 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 12 November 2019 to 16 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 November 2019 to 23 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound exit slip at junction J6 . 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 21 October 2019 to 26 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 12 November 2019 to 16 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 November 2019 to 23 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 October 2019 to 06:00 on 19 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 08:00 on 14 October 2019 to 17:00 on 16 October 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J3 and J5 . 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 16 October 2019 to 19 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 October 2019 to 26 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 12 November 2019 to 16 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 November 2019 to 23 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 16 October 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 October 2019 to 06:00 on 19 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm

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