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Highways England responds to drivers’ fury after A2 closures

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Highways England has responded after drivers were left angered by A2 road closures.

A busy junction was closed at the weekend as work was carried out on a new bridge near Dartford.

The project included the installation of beams for a new bridge at Bean, which will be situated to the east of the existing Bean Lane bridge.

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The road was shut while a crane lifted the new beams into place.

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The latest disruption on the A2 comes as drivers were told that another part of the road will be closed for eight weekends in a row, from early September.

In response to the closure, Highways England insists the timing was carefully planned.

In a statement responding to the works carried out at the weekend, a spokesman for Highways England said: "“We are sorry to hear some drivers got caught up in delays caused by our essential work on the A2 near Bean over the weekend.

"There's never a good time to close a busy road but, faced with a choice, and after discussions with several stakeholders, we decided to complete all the essential work in one short, sharp burst during what is traditionally the quietest period of the year, rather than spreading the work out throughout the next couple of weekends, which would require more closures.

"I’d like to thank drivers for their patience and are confident in the long term benefits that this vital work will bring.”

As part of their effort to raise awareness of the closure, Highways England adds that social media messages were sent out two weeks before works began.

They also indicate over 16,000 letters of warning were sent to local residents, while Bluewater, as well as local councils, were consulted throughout the process of the plans.

Highways England also add signage warning of the roadworks were "strategically placed" on the A2 and M25.

However, that didn't stop motorists from taking to social media over the weekend to express their frustrations.

The roadworks were near to the popular Bluewater Shopping Centre

"Absolutely disgusting closing the A2 on a weekend," one person wrote on Twitter.

Another added: "I'm stuck and can't get to Bluewater.

"How many thousands of hours of people's valuable weekend time have you wasted?"

"Absolutely shambolic," an angered motorist wrote.

"Five hours at an almost standstill to go through Ebbsfleet."

While another typed: "Traffic in one direction, closed in other.

"Never change, A2."

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