M2 junction 5 improvements

Improvements to the slip roads and junction approaches at the M2 junction 5.

Start date Autumn 2021
End date 2025
Cost £50-£100 million

Latest updates

  • 20 February 2024

    Planned closures during February and March

    As we enter our final year of the scheme, we’d like to thank you for your patience while we work to improve M2 junction 5 Stockbury Roundabout to provide a safer junction for everyone.

    The next phase will see us constructing the new A249 carriageways to the south of the roundabout. This will include removing the existing road and building up the layers that will form the new carriageway, as well as drainage, construction of the central reservation, and safety barrier improvements.

    As the new road is being built in the same place as the existing carriageway, to safely carry out this work, we need to close the southbound (towards Maidstone) A249 carriageway between the Stockbury Roundabout and Church Hill for five weeks – please see details below.

    We’ll also need some closures on the northbound carriageway. These will be at weekends or overnight to minimise disruption. Northbound traffic will be moved to the southbound carriageway as our work progresses.

    Closure information

    Friday 16 to Monday 19 February – A249 northbound weekend closure

    The A249 northbound will be closed between the M20 junction 7 and the Stockbury Roundabout from 8pm Friday 16 February to 5am Monday 19 February for preparation work.

    Diversion: please follow signed diversion via the M20, A229, M2 and A249. For non-motorway traffic, please use the A249, A229, A2 and A249.

    To maintain access to local properties, we’ll be allowing traffic to join the northbound carriageway via the crossovers from the A249 southbound with the exception of Church Hill which will be fully closed. When on the northbound carriageway, traffic can travel as far as the Rumstead Lane crossover. There will be no access to the A249 northbound from the M20 junction 7.

    M2 junctions 5 to 7 drainage and barrier upgrade

    We’ll also be closing the M2 coastbound junctions 5 to 6, and London-bound junctions 7 to 5 to carry out emergency carriageway repairs from 8pm Sunday 18 February to 6am Monday 19 February. While the road is closed, we’re also going to refresh road markings, remove fallen vegetation, and make repairs to the temporary barrier currently in place.

    You can find more information on our south east maintenance page. 

     

    Monday 19 February to Saturday 30 March – closure of Church Hill exit

    When the A249 northbound reopens on Monday 19 February, the Church Hill exit will remain closed until 5am Saturday 30 March. This will allow us to build the new junction with Church Hill.

    Diversion: please use Chalky Road or Bull Lane to join the A249.

    There will be traffic lights in place to allow access into Church Hill on weekdays, however there will be some full overnight and weekend closures. Please keep an eye on our project website and signage for further information.

    We’ll be allowing larger vehicles to use the Church Hill exit while it is closed, this will be by arrangement only. If you need access for larger vehicles during the closure, please email us on M2J5@nationalhighways.co.uk with your contact details and one of the team will be in touch to discuss.

     

    Thursday 22 February – M2 junction 5 London-bound exit slip closure

    The M2 junction 5 London-bound exit slip will be closed from 8pm Thursday 22 February to 5am Friday 23 February to allow us to move the safety barriers.

     

    Friday 23 February to Saturday 30 March – A249 southbound closure

    The A249 southbound will be closed from the Stockbury Roundabout to Church Hill, along with the M2 junction 5 London-bound exit slip, from 8pm Friday 23 February to 5am Saturday 30 March. Please note, there will be no access to the A249 from Oad Street or South Green Lane during this time.

    Diversion: a signed diversion will be in place via the M2, A229, M20 and A249. For non-motorway traffic, please use A249, A2, A229, A249.

    To leave the M2 London-bound and join the A249 towards Sittingbourne, please stay on the M2 to junction 4 and return to junction 5 on the coastbound carriageway.

    For properties with direct access from the A249 between the Stockbury Roundabout and Church Hill, please use Pett Lane/Road and South Green Lane to access and leave your properties. There will be no access to the A249 southbound from the Stockbury Roundabout.

     

    Sunday 10, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 March – A249 northbound overnight closures

    We’ll be closing the A249 northbound between M20 junction 7 and the Stockbury Roundabout from 8pm Sunday 10 March to 5am Monday 11 March to move northbound traffic onto the southbound carriageway.

    We’ll then be closing the A249 northbound between M20 junction 7 and the Stockbury Roundabout overnight again on Thursday 28 March and Friday 29 March between 8pm and 5am each night.

    Access for residents of the A249, Detling and Stockbury will be maintained from the M20 junction 7 during the closures.

    Diversion: please use the M20, A229, M2 and A249. For non-motorway traffic please use the A249, A229, A2 and A249.

    When the road reopens at 5am on Saturday 30 March, both sides of the A249 will be open.

    What other work we’ll be doing during the closure

    While the A249 is closed, we’ll also be working on the southern links to the upgraded junction, including:

    • The A249 southbound (towards Maidstone) exit from the Stockbury Roundabout
    • The northbound (towards Sheppey) A249 onto the Stockbury flyover.
    • The South Green link road that will connect South Green Lane and Oad Street to the Stockbury Roundabout.
    • The M2 London-bound exit slip.

    Where you can find out more

    We understand you might have some questions about these closures, we pulled together some of the ones we've been asked here.

    If you'd like to speak to someone, the team will be at:

    • Stockbury Village Hall on Wednesday 7 February from 11.00am to 12.30pm and again at 6pm to 8pm.
    • Oad Street Food and Crafts café on Wednesday 14 February between 10am and 12 noon, and again from 5pm to 7pm.

    You can also email us at M2J5@nationalhighways.co.uk or call our Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000, who will pass your details on to the team.

  • 22 January 2024

    A look at the year ahead

    Now 2024 is well underway, we thought we’d take a quick look at the work we’ll be completing in this, the final year of construction on the scheme.

    We’ve already seen heavy rain, hailstorms, and even snow this year! But work continues to progress well, and we’re on track for our winter 2024 completion date.

    In the coming months, work will gather pace to the south of the Stockbury Roundabout, as we start on the new carriageways for the A249 southbound and northbound, drainage improvements and connections to the Stockbury flyover.

    We’ll also be finishing the A249 main carriageway to the north of the Stockbury Roundabout, and connecting it into the northern side of the Stockbury flyover. When complete, we’ll move Maidstone-bound traffic onto the new carriageway, and away from the slip road that is currently being used.

    In early summer, we’ll be opening the new ‘South Green Link Road’. This road, currently carrying A249 southbound traffic, will connect South Green Lane and Oad Street directly to the Stockbury Roundabout, where traffic can join the A249 and the M2 in all directions.

    Later in the year, we’ll open the centrepiece of our project – the new Stockbury flyover. The flyover will provide free movement for drivers travelling on the A249, without the need to pass through the Stockbury roundabout, helping to improve journey times and safety.

    As construction comes to an end, you’ll also see extensive landscaping and planting around the junction.  We’re increasing the natural woodland habitat by over 8.7 hectares (87,000²) by planting a mixture of native trees and shrubs, leaving a lasting natural legacy around the site.

    Come and meet the team

    We’ll be at the Oad Street Food and Crafts café on Wednesday 14 February between 10am and 12 noon, and again from 5pm to 7pm. Please do pop in to see us if you have any queries about the scheme.

    You can also email us at M2J5@nationalhighways.co.uk or call our Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000, who will pass your details on to the team.

  • 20 December 2023

    Looking back at a busy year on the M2 junction 5

    As we approach the end of 2023, let’s take a moment to look back on the significant achievements reached across the scheme, as we work to provide a safer and more integrated network for everyone.

    • Opening of dedicated slip roads linking the coastbound M2 and A249:

    This year has seen us open new and improved dedicated slip roads between the A249 coming from Maidstone to the M2 coastbound, and from the M2 coastbound to the A249 heading towards Sheppey. This allows traffic on these routes to flow freely on and off the motorway without passing through the Stockbury Roundabout.

    • Maidstone Road link:

    The new Maidstone Road link takes traffic to Oad Street, rather than directly onto the Stockbury Roundabout. Once the scheme is complete, traffic will be able to use the Stockbury Roundabout to safely access or leave Oad Street.

    M2 junction 5 Maidstone Road link

    • Dedicated M2 London-bound slip road:

    The construction of a new dedicated slip road for traffic coming from the Sheppey and Sittingbourne direction to join the M2 London-bound has reduced delays by removing the need to join the roundabout.

    • Stockbury flyover:

    In the autumn, concrete bridge beams were installed on high supports that have been built on both the south and north sides of the Stockbury Roundabout. These beams form the bases of the ramps that will take traffic onto the new flyover being built over the Stockbury Roundabout.

    M2 junction 5 beam lifts

    The sides of these ramps are clad with specially designed flint and cobble panels, which you can already see being fitted, and reflect the surrounding Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

    • Opening the new Stockbury Roundabout:

    November saw us open the new, larger Stockbury Roundabout. Built round the old one, we were able to minimise disruption to traffic using the roundabout during construction.

    With the new roundabout open, you’ll start to see the central flyover section taking shape as we get ready to connect the two bridges that have been built either side of the roundabout. Once complete, the flyover will provide free movement for anyone travelling on the A249, helping to improve journey times and safety.

    M2 junction 5 new Stockbury Roundabout

    • In the community:

    We’ve also been busy supporting the local community, including tree planting in Hartlip, enhancing accessibility at Newington Parish Council, and offering tech assistance to small businesses in Stockbury. The teams dedicated to creating a lasting impact resulted in the project earning top marks Considerate Construction Scheme (CCS) – not once, but twice this year!

    Find out more on our dedicated webpage.

    Dan, our Project Manager for M2 junction 5, commented: “We’ve achieved several key milestones this year, including the opening of three new dedicated slip roads and the realignment of the roundabout. The team have worked incredibly hard to keep the scheme on schedule, reduce disruption for drivers and the community, while always maintaining the highest level of safety. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we work to upgrade the junction.

    “I’m excited for 2024 and we’re currently on track to deliver this project on time, bringing benefits to the thousands of drivers that use the junction daily.”

    We would like to wish you an enjoyable festive holiday and a happy 2024.

    Getting in the festive mood...

    With the holidays approaching, we got into the festive spirit on the scheme.

    Ready, set, glow…

    We’re ‘de-lighted’ to donate new Christmas lights to Stockbury. These lights are now shining over the village green.

    Following the donation, Chris Porter from the Harrow said:“Stockbury village had some really pretty lights in a tree on the village green, in front of The Harrow, which came on at night. Unfortunately the lights failed three years ago and we could not replace them. I was contacted by the project team who kindly offered to pay for replacement lights, which are now in place and looking really good. Many thanks on behalf of all in the village.”

    M2 junction 5 Stockbury Christmas lights

    Donations to local charities

    We understand that sometimes people need a helping hand, especially at this time of year. We’ve made donations the Maidstone Homeless Care to support the work they do all year round to help those on the streets.

    M2 junction 5 Maidstone Homeless Care

    We held a collection in the office for a range of children’s toys to donate to Demelza Hospice for Children in Sittingbourne. Each year the charity collects thousands of pounds worth of toys to give to the children at the hospice, that experience serious life limiting conditions.

    Arriving in a site van rather than a sledge, the sack was overflowing with toys including remote control cars, board games and dolls.

    M2 junction 5 Demelza's toy collection

    We’re committed to making a real difference for the communities who live near our roads, especially where we’re carrying our major improvements.

    You can find out more about the activities we've been doing in the community around our improvement scheme at junction 5 on the M2 on here.

    Come and meet the team

    We’ll be at the Oad Street Food and Crafts café on Wednesday 10 January between 10am and 12 noon, and again from 5pm to 7pm. Please do pop in to see us if you have any queries about the scheme.

    You can also email us at M2J5@nationalhighways.co.uk or call our Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000, who will pass your details on to the team.

  • 30 October 2023

    Second bridge lift is beaming marvellous

    And just like that, our next set of beams were in place.

    Weighing more than eight fully grown African elephants, and almost as long as two double-decker buses, 18 pre-cast concrete beams were lifted into place to the north of the Stockbury roundabout at the end of last week, as the new flyover continues to take shape.

    These giant beams were placed onto the supports, known as abutments, that have been built to the north of the roundabout, and forms the base for this section of the new flyover.

    A 450-tonne crane was used to lift into place the two edge beams weighing 56-tonnes each and 16 beams in the middle weighing 20-tonnes each. Getting the 22.5-metre-long beams into place was a delicate and challenging task, and we were able to do it all while keeping traffic flowing on the roads through the junction.

    The flyover is a key part of our improvements at this busy junction. Passing over the Stockbury Roundabout, it will provide free movement for anyone travelling on the A249, helping to improve journey times and safety.

    M2 junction 5 beam lift Oct 23

    M2 junction 5 beam lift

    M2 junction 5 beam lift Oct 23

    M2 junction 5 beam lift Oct 23

    M2 junction 5 beam lift Oct 23

    M2 junction 5 beam lift Oct 23

  • 24 October 2023

    Next Stockbury flyover beam lift, and a quick progress update

    This week will also see another big beam lift on site. Eighteen beams will be lifted into place to the north of the roundabout, as the new Stockbury flyover continues to take shape.

    The beams will be lifted onto the supports, also known as abutments, that have been built to the north of the roundabout, forming the base for this section of the new flyover. You may notice a large crane arrive on site soon ready for the lift.

    M2 junction 5 north bridge progress

    We’ll be keeping the current traffic management set up on the junction during the lift, there will be no additional closures.

    Ahead of the lift, we thought we’d take a quick look at how things are progressing.

    M2 junction 5 progress Oct 23

    Two new dedicated slip roads are now open for traffic travelling between the A249 and M2. And since the installation of the 18 beams to the south-side of the roundabout, we’ve been working on the different layers that form the road deck for this section of the flyover.

    We’re progressing well with the installation of the specially designed flint and cobble walls to the flyover – we think they look fantastic.

    M2 junction 5 flint walls

    You may have wondered what the new circular road being built round the existing roundabout is? That’s the new larger roundabout, and we’re hoping to have this ready for traffic soon.

    M2 junction 5 progress Oct 23

    In the community

    It was ‘on your marks…set…bake’ on the scheme recently, all in the name of charity.

    With rewards handed out for star baker, and the best faker, the team enjoyed a well-earned coffee and cake break as part of the nationwide Macmillan Coffee Morning, all while raising an amazing £413.

    M2 junction 5 Macmillan coffee morning

    And after enjoying all those cakes, ten volunteers took the opportunity to burn some calories by spending the day helping local charity Dandelion Time. Based in Maidstone, the charity works with Kent children who are experiencing serious behavioural and emotional difficulties as a result of trauma, together with their families.

    The farm setting provides the opportunity for families to experiment, play and connect within its fields, gardens, and woodland, and the volunteers spent the day carrying out garden maintenance including planting, weeding and bramble clearing. And anyone found assing around, got the special job of mucking out the donkey stables!

    M2 junction 5 team volunteering at Dandelion Time

  • 18 August 2023

    Stockbury flyover starts to take shape

    What’s almost as long as two double-decker buses and weighs more than eight fully grown African elephants? It’s our new bridge beams!

    And there’s not two, three or even ten of them, there’s 18…

    These giant precast concrete beams will support the road deck on the southside of the new flyover at the Stockbury roundabout, part of our improvements on the M2 at junction 5. And you may have spotted over the last few months, the team has been getting ready for their arrival by building supports – also known as abutments – for the beams to sit on.

    A 450-tonne mega crane was used to lift into place the two edge beams weighing 56-tonnes each and 16 beams in the middle weighing 20-tonnes each. Getting the 22.5-metre-long beams into place was a delicate and challenging task, and all while keeping traffic flowing on the roads through the junction.

    If you missed the action, here it is in around three minutes.

     

    We’re also delighted to have recently reached another momentous milestone – with more than 355,000 manhours worked on the scheme without a serious injury.

    We caught up with project manager Dan to find out more: “Construction sites can be dangerous places, and this scheme is being delivered alongside live traffic lanes to help minimise disruption, bringing in an additional safety risk. 355,000 safe hours is a really is a fantastic achievement, and testament to the project’s commitment to keep everyone safe, each and every day.”

    M2 maintenance work

    Separate from the improvement scheme, we're carrying out maintenance work on the M2, including resurfacing and bridge repairs. For more information about this work, visit our south east maintenance webpage.

  • 19 July 2023

    M2 coastbound link to A249 now open

    The new link between the M2 coastbound and A249 northbound is now open. Thank you to everyone for your patience and support while we made the road ready for traffic and linked it to the existing slip road off the M2.

    This link has allowed us to start to remove the old A249 north of the roundabout. You’ll soon see piling machines arrive to begin on the construction of the supports for the northern side of the new flyover. Piling is a common construction technique that requires long vertical foundations to be drilled into the earth and filled with concrete for support.

    The scheme continues to be on track for completion in winter 2024.

    Local MP visits scheme

    We recently welcomed Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP Gordon Henderson for a tour of the scheme, and to talk through the progress we’ve made since his last visit in September 2022.

    During the visit he saw the recently completed Maidstone Road link and progress on the retaining walls and supports, also known as abutments, for the bridges that will link the new Stockbury flyover.

    Following the visit, Gordon said: “It is amazing to see the shell of the flyover, that is now noticeable. It will be fantastic when, sometime next year, you will be able to drive from Sheppey directly to Maidstone”.  

    MP visits M2 junction 5 scheme

  • 15 May 2023

    Changes to how you use the A249

    Closure of the access to Stockbury roundabout from Maidstone Road

    On Monday 24 April, we closed the section of Maidstone Road that links to the Stockbury roundabout, south of Wormdale Hill.

    While we're working on the new link to Oad Street, there will be no access to the roundabout from Maidstone Road. We’re currently due to open the new link on Monday 19 June 2023.

    To access to properties and businesses on Chestnut Street and Maidstone Road, please use the Key Street roundabout.

    M2 junction 5 changes at Stockbury roundabout

    Changes to the A249 south of the Stockbury roundabout

    To allow us to start prep work for the flyover we’ve moved traffic heading southbound on the A249 from the Stockbury roundabout onto the new road next to the old southbound carriageway, this is shown above.

    While this move is temporary, this new road will later become a key part of our finished scheme - the new Oad Street link road. Once opened at the end of this year, it will give direct access to the Stockbury roundabout from Oad Street, Pett Lane and South Green. The road will also be the access for residents of Maidstone Road and Chestnut Street to the Stockbury roundabout.

    There’s currently no right turn from the Oad Street junction on to the northbound A249. To join the northbound carriageway, turn left, go to M20 junction 7 and return on the A249 northbound.

    Map of diversion route

    Northbound traffic approaching the Stockbury roundabout on the A249 has also moved to the old southbound carriageway, as shown above.

    Scheme gains top marks

    We’re delighted to have been rated as excellent by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS).

    CCS is an independent organisation that promotes and supports construction sites in their efforts to care for the environment, local community and their workforce.

    The project was awarded 45/45, with the assessor commenting that “the team are striving to go one step further to ensure they are showing consideration across all three sections of the schemes core code”.

    Following the review, project manager Dan said: “The complexities of the building a project of this size cannot be underestimated, and I am delighted that we have been able to achieve a score of 45/45 whilst doing so. It is a reflection of all the hard work the project team have been doing.”

    View of junction 5 on the M2 from the air

     

  • 22 September 2021

    Want to know more about our work on the M2 junction 5?

    Our virtual exhibition is open

    Our work to start the M2 junction 5 improvements begins at the end of the month, with site clearance taking place before the main construction work starts in January 2022.

    You can visit our virtual exhibition to find out more about the scheme, what we’ll be doing and when, and how we’ll be protecting the environment throughout construction, along with a host of other information.

    The project team will also be on hand at the following times to any questions you may have:

    Wednesday 22 September from 9am – 12pm

    Thursday 23 September from 3pm – 6pm

    Friday 24 September from 10am – 1pm 

    Saturday 25 September from 9am – 12pm

    Don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter on the right-hand side of this page to stay up to date with the project as construction begins.

    As restrictions have been lifted, we’ll also be running some face-to-face events in late October. The dates, timings and locations of the events will be advertised here on our project website and through our social media channels.

    You’re also welcome to call us on 0300 123 5000 or email us at m2j5@nationalhighways.co.uk to speak to one of the team about the project.

    Preparation work – September 2021 to January 2022: Site clearance, compound installation and utility pipe diversions

    We will soon be starting preparation work at the end of the month, which need to be completed in order for us to begin the main construction activities in January 2022.

    These works will include:

    • The diversion of water pipes, electricity and phone lines
    • The installation of a site compound
    • Vegetation and site clearance

    The majority of these works will be taking place away from the roads, but some lane and full closures will be required. These will be advertised both here, as well as through our social media channels.

  • 21 June 2021

    Public Inquiry decision announced

    Today we welcomed the Secretary of State for Transport’s decision to approve our proposed improvements for M2 junction 5 Stockbury Interchange. The decision can be viewed on Programme Officer’s website. 

    Thank you to everyone for their engagement and contribution in the development of the scheme to date.

    Improving the Stockbury Interchange will bring real benefits to the drivers who use this junction daily, and it will improve the flow of traffic around this junction, providing a safer and more integrated network for everyone.

    Further information regarding the consultation and decision is available on the Programme Officer’s website

    To make sure you know what’s coming up, sign up to our project newsletter using the sign-up link below, we’ll also be providing regular updates on this page.

Project information

Site diaries – what’s happening on site

January 2024

As we start the final year of construction here on the improvement scheme, there’s already been some big changes this month.

Within the centre of the Stockbury Roundabout, work has been progressing on the new flyover. We’ve been busy building up and filling the retaining earth (RECO) walls that will support the new road, and allow traffic to pass freely over the roundabout. The last RECO wall is set to be installed in mid-February, marking a huge milestone for our scheme. These flint and cobble clad walls have been specially designed to fit in with the surrounding area of outstanding natural beauty.

M2 junction 5 January 2024

You may have also noticed the start of our extensive landscaping. Throughout January and into February, our team of landscapers have been planting a mixture of native trees and shrubs such as Hazel, Hawthorne, and Holly. Over the coming months a total of 45,000 trees and shrubs will be planted around the junction, along with grass seed being sown on our verges and in the central reservation. In total, when we have finished our work on the M2 and Stockbury Roundabout, we will have increased the total area of natural habitat by 8.7 hectares (87,000²), the size of roughly 12 football pitches.

Sadly, soon after planting some of the new trees and scrubs were damaged or stolen. We’re working hard to replant these areas and increasing security to prevent this happening again. We’re also reviewing CCTV to see if we can identify any vehicles or individuals linked to this upsetting act.

Preparation work has also started at the bottom of South Green Lane for the construction of the new link road to the Stockbury roundabout. Vegetation has been cleared and trees cut back at the bottom of the lane. Construction is due to get underway in March while the A249 southbound is closed.

Previous updates:

Our improvements see the existing roundabout replaced with a new interchange, which is a flyover, to provide free-flowing movement on the A249.

Two new dedicated free-flowing slip roads would 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. 

Find out more about our improvements in this short video:

 

The M2 junction 5/A249 Stockbury Roundabout cannot cope with existing traffic flows. The junction is also one of the top 50 national casualty locations on England’s major ‘A’ roads and motorways. 

One aim is to improve journey times. Our improvement scheme will reduce delays meaning people will have quicker and more reliable journeys. The scheme will improve the safety of the junction for all road users The improvements will support economic growth as increasing capacity at the junction will support the future housing and employment growth in the area. 

We’re committed to making a real difference for the communities who live near our roads, especially where we’re carrying our major improvements.

You can find out more about the activities we've been doing in the community around our improvement scheme at junction 5 on the M2 on here.

Visit our M2 junction 5 improvements feedback tool to have your say. The tool includes an interactive map. You can click on a location to make a specific comment, or give us your general feedback.

ECHO is a one-way feedback tool, so if you’d like a response to your feedback you can email the project team at: m2j5@nationalhighways.co.uk  

We published the Orders for the M2 junction 5/A249 Stockbury Roundabout improvements scheme under the Highways Act 1980 on 13 June 2019 with a representation period of six weeks that ended on 25 July 2019.

The Orders and supporting documentation are still available to view online. Please visit the Highways Act 1980 Orders section below.

Since June 2019 modifications to the scheme have been proposed as a result of discussions with land owners and stakeholders.

The modifications require changes to the Side Roads Order (SRO) and Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO). The modifications can be found in detail under Highways Act 1980 Orders below and are described in the section 'Modifications to Orders' below.

As a result of these modifications and additional assessment in relation to air quality an Addendum to the Environmental Statement has also been published. This can be found under ‘Environmental 2019’ in the documents section below.

Both the modifications and the Environmental Statement Addendum were published for consultation on 24 January 2020. As of 7 February 2020 we have published a further additional assessment to the Environmental Statement Addendum Annex 1 which includes updates to the noise assessment following a re-run of the noise model and assessments of two additional construction compound sites.

These can be viewed in the Documents section below and are available for viewing in hard copy at Sittingbourne Library from 10 February 2020 until the start of the Public Inquiry.

The consultation period on the Environmental Statement Addendum Annex 1 ended on 9 March 2020. Highways England has considered representations made in preparing its documents for the Public Inquiry.

The preliminary design drawings are included in the Highways Act 1980 Orders section in the documents area below, along with the reports that detail the traffic assessments undertaken during the preliminary design.

Secretary of State Decision Letter

The Secretary of State, on 21 June 2021, confirmed with modifications the Truck Road Order, Side Roads Order and Compulsory Purchase Order. He issued a Decision Letter (dated 17 June 2020) to Highways England and those parties represented at the Public Inquiry.

The Highways England (A249 Trunk Road Stockbury Roundabout Improvements) (Side Roads) Order 2019

The Highways England (A249 Trunk Road Stockbury Roundabout Improvements) Compulsory Purchase Order confirmed in 2021

The A249 Trunk Road (Stockbury Roundabout Improvements) Order 2019

Modifications to the Side Roads Order and Compulsory Purchase Order 2019

Supporting documents that have also been published include:

Environmental Statement

Core Documents on Deposit

View the Core Documents for links to all relevant documents.

Modifications to Orders

There have been a number of minor changes to the scheme since the orders were published on 13 June 2019. These are as a result of ongoing liaison with land owners and safety related improvements. They include:

  • A new field access at Whipstakes Farm is proposed to replace the one being stopped up under the Published Scheme. (MOD-1)
  • The provision of a secondary field access to the parcel of land located north of the M2 viaduct and between Maidstone Road and the A249 following a request for further mitigation by the affected landowner (MOD-2)
  • Amendment of Plot 1/8 for change of ownership (MOD-3)
  • Amendment of Plot 1/14 for change of ownership (MOD-4)
  • Amendment of Plot 1/21 for change of address (MOD-5)
  • The layout of the existing Church Hill junction to be modified as follows (MOD-6):
    • The existing U-turn facility would be removed. There would no longer be a need for a U-turn facility due to the provision of the link from South Green Lane to Oad Street and the Stockbury Roundabout.
    • The existing southbound deceleration lane would be lengthened to 110m, incorporating a 30m direct taper.
    • The merge corner radius would be changed.
    • The radius to Church Hill would be changed.
    • The minor road traffic island would be changed to the standard configuration.
    • The existing northbound left-turn auxiliary lane would be retained.

Documents

Environmental Assessment Summary
Environmental Study Report
Environmental Statement - Public Notice
Environmental Statement - Non-technical Summary
Environmental Statement - Volume 1 Main Text
Volume 2 Appendix A Outline Environmental Management Plan
Volume 2 Appendix B Air Quality
Volume 2 Appendix C Noise and Vibration
Volume 2 Appendix D Biodiversity
Volume 2 Appendix D.1 Hazel Dormouse Survey
Volume 2 Appendix D.2 Reptile Survey
Volume 2 Appendix D.3 Breeding Birds Survey
Volume 2 Appendix D.4 Great Crested Newt Survey
Volume 2 Appendix D.5 Bat Survey
Volume 2 Appendix D.6 Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening
Volume 2 Appendix D.7 Hedgerow Assessment
Volume 2 Appendix D.8 Wintering Bird Survey
Volume 2 Appendix D.9 Badger Survey
Volume 2 Appendix E.1 Road Drainage and the Water Environment
Volume 2 Appendix E.2 Flood Risk Assessment
Volume 2 Appendix E.3 Water Framework Directive
Volume 2 Appendix E.4 Drainage Strategy
Volume 2 Appendix F Landscape and Visual
Volume 2 Appendix G.1 Geology and Soils
Volume 2 Appendix G.2 Geology and Soils Envirocheck Report Part 1
Volume 2 Appendix G.2 Geology and Soils Envirocheck Report Part 2
Volume 2 Appendix G.2 Geology and Soils Envirocheck Report Part 3
Volume 2 Appendix H.1 Archaeological Evaluation Report Part 1
Volume 2 Appendix H.1 Archaeological Evaluation Report Part 2
Volume 2 Appendix H.2 Further Archaeological Evaluation Report
Volume 2 Appendix H.3 Cultural Heritage
Volume 2 Appendix I Population and Human Health
Volume 2 Appendix J Assessment of Cumulative Effects
Volume 2 Appendix K Climate
Volume 2 Appendix L Major Accidents & Disasters
Volume 2 Appendix M Arboricultural Impact Assessment
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 1 and 2 (Part 1)
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 1 and 2 (Part 2)
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 5
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 6
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 7
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 8
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 9 (Part 1)
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 9 (Part 2)
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 10
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 11
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 15
Environmental Statement Addendum – Volume 1 Main Text
Environmental Statement Addendum – Volume 2 Appendices - Appendix D.6 Amended Habitat Regulations Assessment Stage 1 Screening
Environmental Statement Addendum - Volume 3 Figures - Chapter 2
Environmental Statement Addendum - Volume 3 Figures - Chapter 7
Environmental Statement Addendum - Volume 3 Figures - Chapter 9 Part 1
Environmental Statement Addendum - Volume 3 Figures - Chapter 9 Part 2
Environmental Statement Addendum - Volume 3 Figures - Chapter 9 Part 3
Environmental Statement Addendum - Volume 3 Figures - Chapter 9 Part 4
Environmental Statement Addendum - Volume 3 Figures - Chapter 9 Part 5
Environmental Statement Addendum - Volume 3 Figures - Chapter 9 Part 6
Environmental Statement Addendum Annex 1 – Volume 1 Main Text

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