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 May 2022

    Weekend road closures: June 2022

    As part of our preparation work for the new carriageways at the junction, we need to install additional drainage on the A249.

    In order to do this safely, we’ll be closing the A249 southbound carriageway, from the Bobbing roundabout to north of the Stockbury roundabout, for three weekends in June. The closures will start at 10pm on Friday evening, with the road reopening by 5am on Monday morning. The closure will be in place:

    • 10pm 10 June to 5am 13 June
    • 10pm 17 June to 5am 20 June
    • 10pm 24 June to 5am 27 June

    For drivers wanting to head south (towards Maidstone) from the Bobbing roundabout, there will be a signed diversion via Sheppey Way, Chestnut Street and Maidstone Road. This will bring you the Stockbury roundabout, where you can continue your journey.

    The temporary reduced speed limit of 30mph will remain in place on Maidstone Road during this work. Please take care when travelling through Danaway, and report any speeding or dangerous driving to the Police.

    M2 junctions 5 to 7 bridge maintenance work – May 2022

    Separate to our improvement scheme, we’re carrying out maintenance work on the bridges that carry Stuppington Road, Wells Lane and Hunt Kennels over the M2 between junctions 5 and 6. We’re replacing expansion joints, waterproofing and resurfacing them. This work will improve safety on these bridges.

    The M2 eastbound will be closed on Friday 20 May 8pm until Monday 23 May at 6am between junctions 5 and 6. 

    All traffic will be diverted south down the A249 to the M20 then on to the A20, A2E and back to the M2 at Junction 6 where the diversion ends.

    The latest information about this work, can be found on the project webpage.

  • 17 May 2022

    Start of piling work – 17 May

    In March, we constructed some platforms on the northbound and southbound verges of the A249. These were for specialist machines known as piling rigs, which will be helping us to start building retaining walls for the new links to and from the M2. 

    Piling rigs allow us to install foundations, posts and walls below the surface, by either creating concrete columns or inserting metal sheets. We’ll be building 75 ‘piles’ using the large drill on the rig. The drill digs a hole in the ground, which is then filled with concrete; a number of these, side by side, form a wall and allows us to start removing earth from the area safely. 

    This work is starting this week, and will take up to six weeks. Drivers passing under the M2 viaduct northbound on the A249 will see and hear this work as they drive through, as piling is a noisy activity. We’ll only be carrying out piling work during the day. 

    Piling area under the M2 - May 2022

  • 15 March 2022

    A249 utility diversions

    Thank you to everyone for their patience during the recent weekend closure of the A249 to move utility services and pipes under the northbound carriageway. These services cross the carriageway, meaning we needed a full road closure to keep our teams and everyone using the road safe. We know there's never a good time to complete this type of work on a busy road such as the A249. This work is now complete.  

    Utility diversions on the A249

    Utility diversions on the A249

    Utility diversions on the A249

  • 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.

  • 20 January 2021

    Public Inquiry completed

    The public inquiry into our proposals to make improvements to the M2 junction 5 has finished. A report is now being prepared by the Planning Inspector for the Secretary of State and we expect a decision on the project at the start of the summer.

    The public inquiry was held as a virtual event in November 2020, and you can view the documents and information gathered during the review on the programme officer’s website

    We’ll be sharing more information about the final designs later this year.

  • 22 September 2020

    Virtual Public Inquiry Announced

    On 4 September 2020, Highways England received notice from the Department for Transport (DfT) that the Public Inquiry for the M2 junction 5 improvements scheme will be held on Monday 9 November 2020 starting at 10am.

    The Inquiry will be held as a virtual event, run by an Inspector in the normal way but with the parties invited to join via Microsoft Teams or by phone.

    A Pre-Inquiry meeting will also be held as a virtual event on Tuesday 29 September 2020 at 10am. At this meeting the Inspector will arrange the timetable for the proceedings in connection with the Orders. You'll find more information about Highways Act 1980 Orders in the Document section of this page.

    Anyone wishing to attend either the pre-inquiry or public inquiry must make their interest known to the Planning Inspectorate as soon as possible prior to the Inquiry. Please make it clear in your response whether you wish to join the meeting, make a statement or ask questions at the meeting.

    Those wishing to join either meeting should contact ETC@planninginspectorate.gov.uk quoting the DPI reference number (DPI/U2235/19/21) and provide their contact details. Alternatively, telephone 0303 4445572.

    Any queries regarding the programme of the Public Inquiry should be made directly to the  Programme Officer, Yvonne Parker.

    You will be able to view all documents related to the Public Inquiry on the programme officer's website

  • 30 April 2020

    Changes to M2 junction 5

    We're making improvements to the M2 junction 5/A249 Stockbury Roundabout. These changes will support improvements to safety and the potential for economic development and growth in the region.

    The Public Inquiry which was due to commence on 28 April 2020 has been postponed until further notice on the recommendation of the Planning Inspector, based on the Government’s latest advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are actively working with the Department for Transport (DfT) to arrange a future Public Inquiry for the M2 junction 5 Improvements Scheme.

  • 11 October 2019

    Public inquiry and Statement of Case

    On 30 August the Department for Transport issued to all objectors a ‘notice of intention to hold Public Local Inquiries’ into the Orders for the M2 junction 5/A249 Stockbury Roundabout improvements scheme. The date of this notice is known as the ‘Relevant Date’ and other key dates in the public inquiry process are measured from it.

    As part of the process, we have written a Statement of Case which summarises the scheme, objections and representations and Highways England responses.

    All documents related to the scheme referred to in the Statement of Case are available to view in the 'Highways Act 1980 Orders' and 'M2 junction 5 - Deposit Documents' sections below.

    Reference copies of all of these documents are also available for inspection at Sittingbourne Library, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4AH during their normal opening hours.

Project information

Give us your feedback

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  

Current proposals would 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. 

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 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

Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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