Highways England seeks advice on A2 junction upgrade project

WCN Editorial Team 27 Feb 2018 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Highways England has launched a consultation into a proposed £125m upgrade for two junctions along the A2 in north Kent, UK.

Under the plans, enlarged junction roundabouts, with new lanes and enhanced slip roads, will be constructed at the Bean and Ebbsfleet junctions.

Highways England senior project manager Brian Gash said: “Bean and Ebbsfleet junctions serve Bluewater, Ebbsfleet International station and soon the new Garden City and these vital upgrades will help to make sure that the A2 stays fit for the future opportunities coming to Kent.”

These upgrades are expected to increase the capacity of both junctions, improve journeys and boost safety in north Kent.

A new bridge will be built over the A2 dual carriageway at Bean junction, providing two extra lanes between the two junction roundabouts, which will also be improved.

An additional slip road will be provided for east-bound traffic joining the A2.

Improvements at the Ebbsfleet junction include enlarging the roundabouts, widening the road between the roundabouts to a dual carriageway and widening existing slip roads.

An initial consultation was held between January and March 2017 prior to the announcement of preferred options in August.

Now, feedback from the public is being sought on the updated plans, which will form the basis of the project’s formal planning application.

Plan details and feedback forms are available online from 21 February until 4 April 2018 on the scheme web page.

These pages include details of the Public Information Events being conducted throughout February and March.

Gash added: “Demand is expected to grow by up to 200% by 2027, so it is vital that the final proposals we end up taking forward for planning permission are the best we can possibly make them. People’s input into the consultation will help us make sure that they are.

“There are important decisions still to be made about each junction, so I’d encourage anyone with an interest – drivers, residents, business owners and visitors – to get involved.”

Ebbsfleet Development, which has contributed £45m for the project, welcomed the announcement.

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