Highways England has announced that the M2 improvement scheme near Sittingbourne in Kent will include a new flyover, following a public consultation.
The company in charge of operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads held a public consultation last autumn regarding the work at junction 5 of the M2, and feedback from almost 2,000 people has led Highways England to make changes in order to incorporate the ideas of the people, businesses and other stakeholders who took part.
As part of the changes, a new flyover will be included in the project so that there is an uninterrupted link for those drivers staying on the A249.
As a result, extra space will be created on the Stockbury roundabout.
In addition, two new dedicated single left turn filter lanes will be created for traffic travelling between the A249 and the M2; elsewhere, the slip road to and from the M2 to the Stockbury roundabout will benefit from improvements.
It means safer links to and from the roundabout will be created.
This flyover and the project on the M2 are not the only projects that the county’s roads will experience; the A2 is also undergoing an upgrade and the M20.
All of these have been funded by the government’s Road Investment Strategy that was announced in 2014.
Steve Hoesli, Programme Leader at Highways England, said this scheme will help to deliver “vital” infrastructure.
He said: “Around 2,000 people took part in the consultation; it was clear from people’s feedback that these improvements are desperately needed, but also that just upgrading the roundabout will not be enough.
“The A249 flyover will provide additional benefits for anyone using the junction.
“Excellent infrastructure is vital to a successful economy and the investments we are making in Kent will deliver massive benefits for people and businesses across the region.”
There will be further events to comment and potentially amend the preferred route. If all goes to plan, construction should start in 2020.