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-£100million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  

Progress report

M2 Junction 5/A249 Stockbury Roundabout Improvements Publication of Orders under the Highways Act 1980 on 13 June 2019

Highways England has now published the Orders for the M2 junction 5/A249 Stockbury roundabout improvements scheme under the Highways Act 1980.

The improvements at this roundabout in north Kent will support the level of development and wider growth in the region.

The scheme includes a new flyover which will create an uninterrupted link for drivers staying on the A249 and will free up extra space on the Stockbury roundabout.

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. This will enable the M2 junction 5/A249 Stockbury roundabout scheme to be built using powers available to us under the Highways Act 1980.

There is a representation period of 6 weeks.

Highways England has 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 has been published in draft by the Secretary of State for Transport.

Hard copies of the Orders can be viewed at the following deposit points during their normal opening hours:

  • Highways England, Bridge House, 1 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4LZ
  • Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6JQ
  • Swale Borough Council, Sheppey Gateway, High Street, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 1NL
  • Kent County Council, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ
  • Maidstone Library, James Whatman Way, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LQ
  • Sittingbourne Library, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4AH

To view copies of the Orders and supporting documentation, 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.

Public consultation 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.

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?

There is a 6-week period for interested parties, including members of the public, to submit comments (representations) on the scheme or lodge an objection. Objections and representations must be made in writing to:

  • Post: The Secretary of State at the National Transport Casework Team, Tyneside House, Skinnerburn Road, Newcastle Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7AR
  • Email: nationalcasework@dft.gov.uk

The deadline for receipt of all comments or objections is 25 July 2019 at midnight.

Following a review of all comments received and objections made, the Secretary of State will decide upon whether a Public Inquiry will be held.

Timeline

Date Event
May 2018 Preferred Route Announcement
13 June 2019 Publish planning application
13 June 2019 to 25 July 2019 Objection period
March 2020 Start of Works
Late Autumn/Early Winter 2021 Road 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.

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 A249 northbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 August 2019 to 21 August 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 17, 2019, 5:05 am
Location : The M2 eastbound exit slip at junction J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 August 2019 to 21 August 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 17, 2019, 5:05 am
Location : The A249 northbound exit slip to the A2 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 August 2019 to 21 August 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 17, 2019, 5:05 am
Location : The A249 northbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 August 2019 to 21 August 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 17, 2019, 5:05 am
Location : The A249 northbound between the M2 and the junction with the A250 Queenborough. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 August 2019 to 06:00 on 17 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 August 2019 to 21 August 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 17, 2019, 2:28 am
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J6 and J1 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 16 August 2019 to 06:00 on 26 October 2019.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 7:05 pm
Location : The M20 westbound exit slip at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 August 2019 to 06:00 on 23 August 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 2:54 pm
Location : The M2 westbound entry slip at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 20 August 2019 to 06:00 on 21 August 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 9:33 am
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 19 August 2019 to 06:00 on 20 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 9:12 am
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J2 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane four will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 19 August 2019 to 06:00 on 20 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 9:05 am
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J2 and J1 . 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 19 August 2019 to 23 August 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 August 2019 to 06:00 on 28 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 11 September 2019 to 14 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
Location : The A249 northbound. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:06 on 12 August 2019 to 06:00 on 11 September 2019.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
Location : The M20 eastbound at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 August 2019 to 06:00 on 19 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 September 2019 to 14 September 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: August 16, 2019, 3:10 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 : From 20:00 on 18 August 2019 to 06:00 on 19 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 September 2019 to 14 September 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: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 August 2019 to 06:00 on 19 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 September 2019 to 14 September 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: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
Location : The M2 eastbound entry slip at junction J5 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:07 on 12 August 2019 to 06:00 on 11 September 2019.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
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 : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 August 2019 to 23 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
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 : From 20:00 on 18 August 2019 to 06:00 on 19 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 September 2019 to 14 September 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: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J6 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 August 2019 to 06:00 on 19 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:00 on 19 August 2019 to 17:00 on 22 August 2019.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am

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