A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet junction improvements

Supporting economic development and housing growth in north Kent around the A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet junctions.

Start date 2019-20
End date 2022-23
Cost £112m

Latest updates

  • 22 November 2021

    Road Closures Update

    Closures Summary
    • The partial closures currently in place at Bean north and Ebbsfleet west roundabouts will remain in place until further notice
    • Bean southern roundabout will reopen on Thursday 25 November
    • The A296 Watling Street lay-by remains closed until the Tuesday 30 November, to allow us to upgrade the non-motorised user route and to install a new toucan crossing
    Bean Update

    Bean northern roundabout and the new bridge along Bean Lane will be open to two lanes of traffic in both directions from 6am on Thursday 25 November.

    Ebbsfleet Update

    From Monday 22 November, Ebbsfleet east roundabout is fully open again meaning road users travelling on the A2 coastbound carriageway will be able to turn right towards Pepperhill. Road users from Ackers Drive / A2260 will need to go to Ebbsfleet east roundabout to come back on themselves to join the A2 London-bound carriageway at Ebbsfleet.

    Overnight Closures – 22 to 25 November

    Bean Junction

    Ebbsfleet Junction

  • 27 October 2021

    Latest newsletter now available

    Please click here to view a copy of our latest project newsletter, which provides information about what has been happening as well as the upcoming construction programme which is as follows:

    Autumn 2021

    • We’ll start construction outside Hope Cottages to install the green wall barrier and the new turning head which will allow residents of Hope Cottages a turning point by Bean bridge.
    • The new bridge at Bean is expected to open to traffic from late November 2021.
    • Construction starts to the structure which will support the new coastbound entry
      slip-road at Bean.

    Winter 2021/2022

    • Complete work, with both junctions fully open to traffic in Spring 2022.
    • Activation of the new technology and traffic signals.

    Spring 2022

    • Both junctions fully opened for traffic.

    If you require a printed version of our newsletter please let us know by emailing the scheme inbox A2BeanandEbbsfleetJunctionsImprovements@highwaysengland.co.uk or calling our Customer Contact Centre on 0300 12 35 000.

    All newsletters will also appear in the 'Newsletters' section below.

  • 26 August 2021

    New bridge installed at Bean

    Over the weekend of 21/22 August, we successfully used large cranes to lower the new bridge deck into position at the Bean junction.

    The images below show the bridge being lowered into position, and a demonstration as to why we needed to close the A2 and Bean Lane bridge for the weekend.

    A time-lapse video showing the installation of the bridge deck can be found here

    We'd like to thank all our customers and the local community for their patience and cooperation during the closure.

     

     

    A2260 footpath closure – Friday 27 August

    The footpath along the A2260 northbound at Ebbsfleet will be closed on Friday 27 August, whilst essential work takes place.

    The closure will be in place from 9am for approximately six hours.

    A shuttle bus service will be in place for any pedestrians / cyclists, who would usually use the footpath. The area will be marshalled, and the shuttle bus will be called as required.

    The bus will be COVID safe by being cleaned in between uses, only having limited numbers onboard and will include a track and trace system.

  • 02 June 2020

    Scheme gets government go ahead

    We've received notification from the Secretary of State for Transport that the A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet junction improvements scheme can proceed to construction. The Inspector’s report into the October 2019 public inquiry has been published and the Secretary of State for Transport has issued his decision into the Scheme proposals by way of a Decision Letter and accompanying Annex. The Decision Letter, Annex and Inspectors Report can be viewed in the “Decision Letter and Inspectors Report” section in the documents area below.

    Copies of the annotated confirmed, with modifications, Side Roads Order, Compulsory Purchase Order and annotated made, with modifications, Slip Roads and Roundabout Order and the relevant Notices are now available to view in the Confirmed and Made Orders section in the documents area below.

    Following publication of the Compulsory Purchase Order Confirmation Notice on 25 June 2020, we have now begun the process of compulsory acquisition of the land required to construct the scheme. The process is being undertaken through General Vesting Declaration (GVD) which will transfer the ownership of land required to Highways England.

    We continue to carry out work in the central reservation of the A2 to remove the barrier and break out concrete to facilitate new drainage. We are also installing our new work compound which is located at Pepperhill and have been preparing both the access and car park for surfacing so they are fit for purpose.

    We undertake work in both day and night shifts to ensure safety to all and minimal disruption to our road users. Where night-time work is required, we set up lane closures for the safety of both our workforce and the travelling public.

Project information

Overview

At the Bean junction we'll make the roundabout to the north of the A2 significantly bigger, and controlled by traffic lights. The roundabout to the south of the A2 will also be made bigger while generally keeping the existing layout. There will be a new bridge over the A2 to provide extra capacity, located to the east of the existing Bean Lane bridge. This existing bridge will then be used for northbound traffic, and a new slip road constructed onto the A2 for eastbound traffic.

For Ebbsfleet junction the proposals will broadly follow the existing road layout with enlarged roundabouts controlled by traffic lights. The road between the roundabouts will be widened to a dual carriageway. The slip roads from the A2 will be retained and the slip roads to the A2 widened. 

The improvements will support economic development, including jobs and housing growth as well as increase road capacity to support future growth. Journey times at both junctions will improve with increased capacity for all road users as well as better safety. 

We published the Orders for the A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet junction improvements scheme under the Highways Act 1980 on 14 February 2019 and submitted both the Side Roads Order and Compulsory Purchase Order to the Secretary of State for Transport for confirmation. The associated Section 10 Line Order was published in draft by the Secretary of State for Transport.

Following objections to the Scheme proposals, a public inquiry was held in October 2019 where an independent planning inspector heard evidence from us and interested parties. The Inspectors Report (dated 6 January 2020) was completed and issued to the Secretary of State.

The initial published Orders, Environmental Statement and other supporting documentation, along with our Statement of Case and proposed modifications in connection with the October 2019 public inquiry can still be viewed within the documents area below.

If you have difficulty accessing any of the documents please contact us and we will try to supply you directly with an electronic copy.

Secretary of State Decision Letter

The Secretary of State, on 27 May 2020, confirmed with modifications both the Side Roads Order and Compulsory Purchase Order and made with modifications the Slip Roads and Roundabout Order. He subsequently issued a Decision Letter (dated 2 June 2020) with accompanying Annex to Highways England and those parties represented at the Public Inquiry.

Confirmed and Made Orders

Following issue of the Secretary of State Decision Letter and accompanying Annex as identified above, we prepared copies of the confirmed, with modifications, Side Roads Order, Compulsory Purchase Order and a copy of the made, with modifications, Slip Roads and Roundabout Order.

The Secretary of State has been unable to issue the official copies of the confirmed and made Orders and accompanying Maps due to COVID-19 restrictions currently in place. Therefore in the interim, an annotated version of the confirmed, with modifications, Side Roads Order and Compulsory Purchase Order and an annotated version of the made, with modifications, Slip Roads and Roundabout Order. The three Orders (marked in red, in line with the modifications put forward at the public inquiry and further changes included in the Decision Letter and Annex) have been prepared by us to allow continuation of the Statutory Processes.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the need for social distancing, it is not possible for us to deposit a physical copy of the annotated version of the Orders at a document viewing location. However they can be viewed electronically below:

The Compulsory Purchase Order Confirmation Notice is due for formal publication on 25 June 2020. This will be the start of the 6 weeks High Court Challenge period for the Compulsory Purchase Order.

General Vesting Declarations

Following publication of the Compulsory Purchase Order Confirmation Notice on 25 June 2020, we have now begun the process of compulsory acquisition of the land required to construct the scheme. The process is being undertaken through General Vesting Declaration (GVD) which will transfer the ownership of land required to Highways England.

The relevant GVD’s and their accompanying plans and copies of the Notice of Making and relevant Notices of Making for Unknown Ownership land are available to view under ‘General Vesting Declarations’ in the documents section of this page.

Documents

B.1 - Environmental Statement - Volume 1
Environmental Statement - Public Notice
B.4 - Environmental Statement - Non-technical Summary
B.2 - Volume 2 Appendix A Scoping Opinion Responses
Volume 2 Appendix B Outline Environmental Management Plan
Volume 2 Appendix C Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening
Volume 2 Appendix D Major Accidents and Disasters
Volume 2 Appendix E Air Quality
Volume 2 Appendix F Noise and Vibration
Volume 2 Appendix G Biodiversity
Volume 2 Appendix G.2 Biodiversity Ecology Survey Reports
Volume 2 Appendix G.4 Biodiversity Options Phase 1 Ecology Report
Volume 2 Appendix G3 Badger Report
Volume 2 Appendix H Road Drainage and the Water Environment
Volume 2 Appendix H.2 Drainage Strategy
Volume 2 Appendix H.3 Water Framework Directive
Volume 2 Appendix H.4 Flood Risk Assessment
Volume 2 Appendix I Landscape and Visual
Volume 2 Appendix J Geology and Soils
Volume 2 Appendix J.3 Hydrological Risk Assessment
Volume 2 Appendix J2 Envirocheck Report Part 1
Volume 2 Appendix J2 Envirocheck Report Part 2
Volume 2 Appendix J2 Envirocheck Report Part 3
Volume 2 Appendix J2 Envirocheck Report Part 4
Volume 2 Appendix J2 Envirocheck Report Part 5
Volume 2 Appendix J2 Envirocheck Report Part 6
Volume 2 Appendix K Cultural Heritage
Volume 2 Appendix K.2 Archaeology DBA
Volume 2 Appendix K.3 Kent Archaeology Evaluation
Volume 2 Appendix M People and Communities
Volume 2 Appendix N Climate
Volume 2 Appendix O Assessment of Cumulative Effects
Volume 2 Appendix P Veteran Tree Survey
B.3 - Volume 3 Figures Chapter 1 and 2 (Part 1)
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 1 and 2 (Part 2)
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 1 and 2 (Part 3)
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 1 and 2 (Part 4)
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 5
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 6 (Part 1)
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 6 (Part 2)
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 9 (Part 3)
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 10
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 11
Volume 3 Figures Chapter 13 and 15

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