Original article from Kent Live
A £92million upgrade at one of the busiest junctions in Kent has been approved today (June 21).
Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, gave the go-ahead for the major improvement works at junction 5 on the M2 – the interchange with the A249 at Stockbury.
The junction has been described as one of the busiest in the region, with one of the highest collision rates in England, Highways England said.
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It is thought the project will reduce crashes by around a third.
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And hundreds of thousands of drivers could benefit from smoother journeys as a result of the work.
Currently, drivers endure large queues and heavy congestion on a daily basis.
Highways England’s regional delivery director in the South East, Chris Welby-Everard, said work is expected to start in September 2021.
He explained: "Improving the Stockbury Interchange will bring real benefits to the drivers who use this junction daily, and it will improve the flow of traffic to provide a safer and more integrated network for everyone.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their engagement and contribution to the development of this scheme to date. We will now progress to the next phase, ready for work to begin in September 2021.”
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The existing roundabout will be replaced with a new flyover to provide free-flowing movement on the A249.
Two new slip roads will be created with 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.
Maidstone Road to the A249 Stockbury Roundabout would be closed, and Maidstone Road would be re-routed to link with Oad Street.
The existing junction of Oad Street with the A249 would be closed with a new link provided south of the existing Oad Street to connect with the A249 Stockbury Roundabout.
To find out more about the scheme, visit the project website here.