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M2 Junction 5 consultation

Friday 1 September

Improvements to be made to M2 Junction 5

Overview

Highways England is holding a public consultation between 6 September and 17 October 2017 on their plans to improve the M2 Junction 5/A249 Stockbury Roundabout.

They are at an early stage in the development of the scheme and want your views to help inform the future direction of the scheme.

The consultation will run for 6 weeks, from Wednesday 6 September to Tuesday 17 October 2017.

They want your views

Highways England would like to hear your views about their proposals and so are hosting a number of public open days at nearby venues where their experts will be on hand to explain the proposal:

All plans will be available to view online from Wednesday 6 September. If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled events but would like to find out more or comment on the scheme then visit the Highways England website.

Copies of the consultation will also be available at a number of other locations throughout the consultation:

About the scheme

The M2 is an important motorway linking Rochester to Faversham, and a key route to the Port of Dover.

The M2 Junction 5 / A249 Stockbury Roundabout is the main access point for people travelling northeast to Sittingbourne, the Isle of Sheppey and the Port of Sheerness and southwest to Maidstone and surrounding villages.

The M2 serves a population of at least 142,400 (Swale Borough) and 164,500 (Maidstone Borough) and a large number of businesses in Kent and Medway, including many in the freight and logistics sector.

The Road Investment Strategy has allocated a budget of between £50 million and £100 million to this scheme; to provide additional capacity for the junction, through improvements to slip roads and enhanced junction approaches.

Why are the improvements needed?

 

  • The M2 Junction 5 / A249 Stockbury Roundabout cannot cope with existing traffic flows. Currently there are high levels of congestion and delay at certain times of day.
  • Congestion is expected to worsen in the future due to planned development, population and traffic growth.
  • Some traffic diverts away from the M2 Junction 5 / A249 Stockbury Roundabout to less suitable alternative rural routes.
  • The junction is one of the top 50 national casualty locations on England’s major ‘A’ roads and motorways.
  • There are high levels of car use and there are no plans to improve public transport

 

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