South East - Maintenance schemes

Maintenance schemes taking place in the South East region..

Project information

A2 Whitfield drainage – to be confirmed

UPDATE 18 May: this work will not be going ahead as planned on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 May. Once we have a new date, we’ll provide more information here.

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  • What works are taking place?

Following on from our recent drainage repairs, we need to return to the A2 Whitfield to carry out some final bits of work in the central reservation.  

  • When will these works start?

We’ll carry out these works overnight on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 May. 

  • Road closure information

The lane closest to the central reservation will be closed on both sides of the A2 west (towards Canterbury) of the Whitfield roundabout between 8pm and 6am. This stretch of road is made up of two lanes, and one lane will remain open in both directions while we carry out our work.

During the overnight lane closures the crossover from the westbound A2 (towards Canterbury) to Singledge Lane will be closed for safety reasons. To access Singledge Lane, please make your way to the next junction and return on the eastbound side (towards Dover). You will still be able to access and leave Singledge Lane from the eastbound side. The crossover will be open as usual during the day.

We’ll make every effort to ensure the impact on the local community and travelling public is kept to a minimum. Please accept our apologies in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. We always aim to work to the programme, however unforeseen circumstances or adverse weather conditions may mean changes.

UPDATE 11 May: we've completed our current work on the lighting scheme, but we’re not quite finished yet. We’ll need to return to install the final light and replace a cable, each of these will only take a couple of nights. We’re working with our site team to get the cable replaced as soon as we can and the light is being made by our supplier. We'll share more information when available.

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We are continuing to carry out essential works to the lighting on the A20 in Dover.  The works started on Monday 29 November 2021 and have been delayed from being completed on their due date of Wednesday 30 March 2022.

On Wednesday 27 April and Thursday 28 April 2022, there will be lane closures on lane 2 of the approach to Eastern Docks roundabout from 8.00pm until 6.00am on these dates.  No diversion will be in place for this scheme on these nights and eastbound traffic bound for the ferry terminal can use Lane 1 unhindered.

Previous closures:-

A20: Court Wood interchange to Limekiln roundabout (eastbound)

Eastbound closure between Court Wood interchange to Limekiln roundabout eastbound from 8.00pm until 6.00am the following day on Monday 21 March 2022 (see map below)

A20:  Westbound closure between Limekiln roundabout and Court Wood interchange

Westbound closure from 8.00pm until 6.00am on Tuesday 22 March, Wednesday 23 March, Thursday 24 March, Friday 25 March 2022.  (see map below)

From Saturday 26 March until Wednesday 30 March, there will be lane closures from Limekiln roundabout to Western Heights roundabout.

We apologise for the inconvenience these works may cause.

UPDATE - 25 April:

The bridge continues to be open to vehicles, with temporary traffic lights in place.

We’re still working with the utility companies to confirm their availability and programme for their works before we can continue with ours.

Though there is limited activity on site, we’ve taken this opportunity to review how we’ll finish the work. We’ll now be completing the majority of the remaining activities behind the temporary barriers that are currently in place. This means the temporary lights will stay in place, allowing vehicles to continue to use the bridge.

We’ll still need to close the bridge again at the end of the project to allow us to remove the temporary barrier, install the anti-access panels and carry out waterproofing repairs to the bridge. We’ll make sure this closure is communicated to the local community with plenty of notice. 

Thanks again to everyone for their continued patience and support of the project.

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UPDATE - 24 February:

Our work has progressed well, and we have been able to open the bridge to traffic using temporary lights.

We’re not quite finished, but we need to get some existing underground utilities moved on the west side of the bridge before we can continue with our improvements. While we’re working with the utilities companies to make sure this is done safely, you may notice there’s isn’t much activity on site. Don’t worry we’ll be back once the utilities have been moved and we’re able to complete the work.

The traffic lights will stay in place while we’re waiting to get the utilities moved, and we’ll need to close the bridge again when our work starts again. We’ll put more information here once dates for this closure are confirmed.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we’ve been carrying out this work.

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We’re carrying out improvements to the Gracious Lane bridge, over the A21 Sevenoaks bypass.

At the end of September 2021, a temporary barrier was installed on both sides of the carriageway on the bridge. The barrier reduces the width of the bridge to one lane, so there are temporary traffic lights in place to keep traffic safe and moving. There is also a temporary footpath next to the barrier on the north one side of the carriageway structure. 

The second phase of improvements started on Sunday 28 November 2021. During this phase, we’ll be upgrading the parapet – the barrier along the edge of the bridge – and installing new vehicle barriers. When we start the second phase, the temporary barriers will be removed.

For the safety of everyone, we will be closing Gracious Lane bridge to all traffic during our work. While we understand this may impact the local community, closing the bridge is the only way we can deliver the improvement works safely and efficiently. We have adapted the diversion to accommodate recommendations from the local community, and traffic will be diverted via Weald Road, A225, A224, A25 and B2024. 

To allow for the installation of the new vehicle restraint barriers at both ends of Gracious Lane bridge, we’ll have 2-way temporary traffic lights on the east side of the bridge at the junction of Oak Lane and Gracious Lane. These will also be in place from 28 November 2021 until the work is complete.  

  • What works are taking place?

We’re carrying out work to improve safety on and around the Riverhill layby on the southbound A21, just before Morley’s roundabout.  

  • When will these works start?

We’ll carry out these works overnight starting from Monday 16 May 2022 running to the morning of Wednesday 18 May 2022. Riverhill Layby will be closed from Sunday 15 May 2022 for the duration.

  • Road closure information

Riverhill Layby will be fully closed between 15 and 18 May 2022.

The A21 will then be closed southbound between the A25 junction and Morley’s roundabout on 16 and 17 May 2022 between 8pm and 6am.

We were hoping to complete some work on the barriers at the layby at the same time, however this has been delayed and we’ll be returning in a few weeks to carry out this work. This will be done using overnight lane closures. Keep an eye on our Twitter and we’ll also post any updates here.

We’ll make every effort to ensure the impact on the local community and travelling public is kept to a minimum. Please accept our apologies in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. We always aim to work to the programme, however unforeseen circumstances or adverse weather conditions may mean changes.

  • Diversion

During the full closure of the southbound carriageway, a signed diversion route will be in place via the A25, A224 and A225.

A21 Sevenoaks bypass southbound diversion

UPDATE 11 May: we were unable to complete all our work during the closures on 5 and 6 May. This means we will need to return to finish off surfacing in the areas we’ve been working. This work will take place overnight (8pm to 6am) on 12 and 13 May. To keep everyone safe, there will be temporary traffic lights on the A26 New Road between the B2109 junction and the A259. We’ll be keeping an eye on traffic leaving and arriving at the port to help keep the road moving.

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UPDATE 4 May: to enable us to finish off our work on the scheme, there will be temporary traffic lights on the A26 New Road between the B2109 junction and the A259 overnight (8pm til 6am) on 5 and 6 May 2022. We’ll be keeping an eye on traffic leaving and arriving at the port to help keep the road moving.

Thanks to everyone for their continued patience and support of the project.

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UPDATE 8 April: we've completed our current work on the lighting scheme and will not be closing the A26 for this work tonight (8 April). There's some finishing off we need to do, but this will be done overnight using temporary traffic lights. We'll share more information about this when available. 

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UPDATE 6 April: our work is almost complete, and we have cancelled our overnight closures on the A26 for Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 April. We’ll be back on Friday 8 April, and the road will be closed as planned between the A259 and the B2109 junction from 8pm to 6am. Diversion is via B2109.

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We’re replacing and upgrading the lighting along the A26 in Newhaven. These improvements are essential for the safety of road users.

We’re almost finished, but we need to continue with our overnight work for an extra two weeks. This is due to external delays connecting the new lights, which delayed us being able to remove the old lights. During the closures, we’ve taken the opportunity to bring in other teams to refresh road markings and carry out surveys, reducing the need for future closures. 

All work will take place overnight (8pm to 6am) Monday to Friday only, when there are fewer vehicles on the road, causing less disruption.

These essential works may generate additional noise through the night, for which we apologise in advance. Access will be maintained for emergency services on blue light calls. 

Please note that these works are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. 

Update 

Throughout January 2022, the traffic management overnight will alter slightly, and the following restrictions will be in place:

  • 3-way temporary traffic lights and lane closures on Upper Brighton Road
  • Overnight closures of Sompting Road in both directions between Upper Brighton Road and Leighton Avenue – access will be maintained for residents of Sompting Road only. A diversion will be in place along Leighton Avenue and Gainsborough Avenue or Hadley Avenue.

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We’re improving the signalised junctions of Lyons Way and Sompting Road where they meet the A27 Upper Brighton Road near Worthing (West Sussex). Work will include upgrading the traffic signals at both junctions, resurfacing sections of the pavement, widening pedestrian crossings and renewing road markings.

Traffic Management restrictions

Work will take place in several phases, using varied traffic management restrictions including overnight road closures, overnight lane closures and temporary traffic lights.

All overnight closures will be in place between 8pm and 6am, when traffic flows are at their lowest.

Diversions

During any overnight closures of the A27, the following signed diversions will be in place:

  • Eastbound – traffic to head south on the A24 towards Worthing, then continue south down the A259 North Street and A259 High Street. Travel east along the A259 Brighton Road towards South Lancing, then head north on the A2025 South Street/Grinstead Lane to re-join the A27
  • Westbound – traffic to head south down the A2025 South Street/Grinstead Lane to South Lancing, then head west along the A259 Brighton Road. Travel north on the A259 High Street, A259 North Street and continue up the A24 to re-join the A27
  • What works are taking place?

We’re carrying out surveys and investigations along the A27 Hammerpot Hill to help us plan for future improvement work. 

  • When will these works start?

We’ll carry out these works overnight starting from Tuesday 3 May 2022 running to the morning of Saturday 28 May 2022.

  • Road closure information

The road will be closed westbound between the Clapham Interchange and Crossbush between 8pm and 6am, Monday to Friday only. 

For access to businesses and properties with direct access off the westbound A27 between Poling Street and Crossbush, please approach on the eastbound carriageway from Crossbush and use the crossover point at Poling Street to access your property.

To access businesses and properties on the westbound A27 between Arundel Road and Poling Street, including those accessed via Decoy Lane and on the Vinery Industrial Estate, you will be able to join the A27 westbound at the Arundel Road junction. This is for access only and there will be no through route, all other traffic should follow the diversion route.  

  • Diversion

A signed diversion route will be in place via the A280, A259 and A284.

A27 Hammerpot Hill westbound diversion route

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We are carrying out essential maintenance work in lanes one and two of the all-lane running section of the M3 between junctions 2 (M25) and 4a (Fleet).

Work involves removing and filling in several manhole covers in lane one. We will also be utilising the traffic management to safely plant new trees along the verges of the M3, carry out litter picking activities and any required cleaning to the emergency refuge areas.

Southbound M3 – Monday 23 May to Friday 17 June

Overnight lane closures will be in place from 9pm to 6am from Monday 23 May, with one lane remaining open to traffic. Works will not take place between 31 May and 5 June due to the Jubilee bank holiday weekend.

In addition, lane 1 will be kept closed during the day, to allow excavations and infill material to cure. This closure will start from junction 2. Access to all junctions on the southbound M3 will remain open and the lane closure will be removed once all work is completed.

Only short stretches of the southbound carriageway will be closed at any time – the lane closures will not be in place for the entire stretch between junctions 2 and 4a.

Delays are expected through the lane closures so people are advised to allow additional time for their journeys.

 

We're continuing our works on the M20 to replace the safety barrier on the carriageway between junctions 5 and 7.

We’ll be using both lane closures and night time road closures to do this work.  Works started on the night of Monday 13 December 2021 and will finish on Wednesday 30 March 2022. 

A 50mph speed limit will be in place throughout the work.

The remaining phases of the works are below:-

Junction 7 to Junction 6 London-bound road closure, 8.00pm-6.00am:-

Monday 7 March

 

Junction 7 to Junction 6 London-bound Lane 1 closure, (Day & Night):-

Tuesday 8 March, Wednesday 9 March, Thursday 10 March

 

Junction 7 to Junction 6, London-bound overnight closure, 8.00pm-6.00am:-

Thursday 10 March

 

Junction 7 road closure (contingency only):-

Friday 11 March

 

Junction 7 to Junction 6 London-bound Lane 1 closure (Day & Night):-

Saturday 12 March, Sunday 13 March, Monday 14 March, Tuesday 15 March, Wednesday 16 March, Thursday 17 March, Friday 18 March, Saturday 19 March

 

Junction 7 to Junction 6 Full overnight closure, 8.00pm-6.00am:-

Sunday 20 March

 

Junction 7 to Junction 6 London-bound Lane 1 closure, 8.00pm-6.00am:-

Monday 21 March, Tuesday 22 March, Wednesday 23 March, Thursday 24 March

 

Scheme completed:-

Friday 25 March (evening)

 

Contingency dates, 8.00pm-6.00am:-

Monday 28 March, Tuesday 29 March (ends 6.00am Wednesday 30 March)

 

When we close the slip roads, a diversion route will be in place. This will involve leaving the motorway from the side that’s still open. For example, when we close junction 6 westbound, drivers should continue on the London bound M20 and exit at junction 5 then re-join and return to junction 6 using the coastbound side. When we close London bound junction 5 drivers should head to junction 4 and return coastbound to junction 5.

We apologise for the inconvenience these works may cause and for any noise local residents or businesses may experience.

We are carrying out resurfacing works to the M20 at junction 8 on the eastbound and westbound exit slip roads.

These works will be carried out under a full slip road closure of junction 8 exit slips and a lane 1 closure of the M20. They are due to take place overnight from 8.00pm until 6.00am the following morning.

These works have been postponed and we will update you as soon as possible.

Hear about the maintenance works we are carrying out on the M20 Moveable Barrier scheme (while BROCK is inactive) in the short film above.

Update:  M20 Moveable Barrier contraflow deployment 

Due to the deployment of the Operation Brock contraflow system on the evening of Monday 21 March 2022, work on the M20 Moveable Barrier Scheme has now been paused until the contraflow is deactivated. 

We will notify you once we know when work on our maintenance scheme will resume.

Information on why Operation Brock has been deployed can be found on our South East News page, and you can also keep up to date with when Operation Brock is activated on our travel updates section.

The next overnight closure on the M20 Moveable Barrier scheme is planned for the end of May 2022.

Apart from occasionally closing the carriageway for traffic management changes, our work over the next nine months will continue to be carried out mainly under lane closures only.

What maintenance works are being carried out

The moveable barrier is currently stored along the hard shoulder of the London-bound carriageway. We’ll now be moving it and storing it in the central reserve. The work we’re carrying out is to adapt the central reservation to enable this to happen which will allow the barrier to be deployed more efficiently as well as improve safety.

The works will involve carrying out extensive drainage upgrade, ground work to enable storage of the movable barrier and signage installation in the central reservation and London-bound verge to move the Brock barrier, which forms part of the Brock contraflow system, between junctions 8 (Maidstone) and 9 (Ashford) of the M20. 

We will be undertaking the work in phases, and to carry it out safely, lane closures and a small number of overnight closures will be needed which we’ll notify you about in advance where possible.

Between January and October 2022, we’ll be using the moveable barrier as our traffic management barrier on the London-bound carriageway, for undertaking construction activities. This does not mean the Brock contraflow system will necessarily be active, but it will provide a more efficient and cost-effective way of being able to deploy the contraflow quickly and effectively should it be required.

A small number of overnight closures will be required, and once these dates have been confirmed, we’ll advise through this webpage.  You can also sign up for alerts by emailing M20MoveableBarrier@highwaysengland.co.uk

When the road is closed overnight, a clearly signed diversion route, which will take you along the A20, will be in place to help you reach your destination. Over-height vehicles should use the A2, M2 and A249.

What is the Moveable Barrier scheme

The moveable barrier, which forms part of the Brock contraflow system, was established to minimise disruption across Kent in the event of cross-channel disruption.  We are carrying out planned improvement works to the current arrangement between junctions 8 and 9 of the M20, with work due to start in January 2022 and lasting for approximately 12 months.

The current arrangement, which was deployed in December 2020, uses a moveable barrier to allow the Brock contraflow system to be activated on the M20 London-bound carriageway, should the coastbound carriageway be required for queuing port-bound freight. This will allow traffic to stay on the M20 rather than diverting onto local roads.

Traffic arrangements for when BROCK is inactive:-

Lane closures

From Saturday 29 January 2022, lane closures will be needed between junctions 8 and 9 on both the London-bound and coastbound carriageways.

London-bound carriageway: the outside two lanes will be closed using the moveable barrier. Work will start at junction 9 and we’ll then extend the barrier towards junction 8. We’re adding to the barrier rather than only having it in place where work is happening to keep the road ready should the contraflow be required. The hard shoulder will be in use, so there will be two lanes running London-bound, and a 50-mph speed restriction will be in place when the lanes are closed.

Coastbound carriageway: the outside lane will be closed using cones. We’ll aim to only close the section of road where work is taking place. Where the outside lane is closed, there will be a 50-mph speed limit in place.

Wherever possible we’ll tell you in advance if we need to close the road overnight. There may, however, be occasions due to unforeseen circumstances, for example safety critical emergency work, where we may be unable to publicise closures in advance. Similarly, our dates are subject to change in the case of adverse weather or other unplanned events.

Closures Update

M27 eastbound carriageway closed from junction 11 to junction 12 from Monday 14 February for five nights.

M27 westbound carriageway closed from junction 12 to junction 11 from Tuesday 22 February for three nights.

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We’re resurfacing sections of the M27 in both directions between junctions 11 (Fareham) and 12 (Portsmouth) in Hampshire.

For everyone's safety, we will carry out the work while closing the M27 overnight (9pm to 6am, Monday to Friday nights only) on either the westbound or eastbound carriageway, During the closures, a signed diversion will be in place via the A27.

We’ll be resurfacing the southbound side of the M27 at junction 12 from 14 March for 10 days. Our work will be done overnight so the road will be closed at nights between 14 March and 24 March from 9:00pm until 6:00am. The stretch we’ll be working on is the M27 south bound link from A27 at junction 12 towards Portsmouth and junction 11.

We're replacing several bridge expansion joints at the Merstham Interchange in Surrey. The interchange is a vital part of the Southeast strategic road network, connecting more than 100,000 journeys between the M25, M23 and A23 every day.

Built in the 1970s, the interchange is comprised of five separate viaducts arranged over three levels that cross above the M25. We will need four separate weekend closures to safely deliver work on each of the linking roads between April and July 2022. We’ve planned this work for the following dates:

Date & times

Road closure

Diversion route

8:00pm Friday 22 April to 5:00am Monday 25 April

M23 junction 8 southbound carriageway, including the M23 southbound to M25 clockwise link road

M25 junction 6 and return

8:00pm Friday 13 May to 5:00am Monday 16 May

M25 junction 7 clockwise link roads to the M23 northbound and southbound

M25 junction 8 and return

8:00pm Friday 10 June to 5:00am Monday 13 June

M23 junction 8 northbound carriageway, including the M23 northbound to M25 anti-clockwise link road

M25 junction 8 and return

8:00pm Friday 1 July to 5:00am Monday 4 July

M25 junction 7 anti-clockwise link roads to the M23 northbound and southbound

M25 junction 6 and return

Overnight closures will be in place regularly between the hours of 10pm and 5am from April to July while we carry out preparatory works and other related maintenance tasks. To keep up to date with planned closures on the M25, please visit the National Highways daily road closure report online by clicking here.

We are maximising the use of the weekend closures by sharing them with our other teams where it is safe to do so. Other work scheduled over the weekends will include resurfacing, installing new structure monitoring equipment, and surveys which will help inform the design of structure bearing works required later this decade.

If you need to travel while these works are taking place, we recommend that you plan ahead and allow more time for your journey. We have carefully planned and coordinated our work but there may be some changes in the event of adverse weather or other unplanned events.

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The following signed diversion routes will be in place when there are closures:

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