M2 Junction 5 Improvement Scheme

Published: 06 October 2021

National Highways operates the strategic road network in England. We are committed to making journeys more reliable and ensuring that roads are fit for now and for the future.

We will be starting construction on our improvements for the M2 junction 5 Stockbury interchange in January 2022. Ahead of this, we need to carry out some preparation work, which will start soon.

Preparation work – from September 2021:
Our preparation work will include:
• The diversion of water pipes, electricity and phone lines
• The installation of a site compound
• Vegetation and site clearance

Most of this work will be taking place away from the roads and will not require any lane or road closures. However, in order to divert some utilities, there will be occasions when we will need to close either the A249 northbound or southbound carriageway. These closures will be overnight and at weekends. More details of these closures will be made available on our project webpage and National Highways south east social media channels as detailed below.

Main construction – from January 2022:
Our main construction work will start in January 2022 running until winter 2024, and includes:
• Providing a new flyover, over the top of the existing roundabout, allowing free-flowing movement on the A249.
• Creating two new dedicated free-flowing slip roads:
o left turn from the A249 southbound to the M2 westbound towards London
o left turn from the A249 northbound to the M2 eastbound towards Canterbury
• Closing the connection from the Maidstone Road to the A249 Stockbury Roundabout
• Re-routing the Maidstone Road to link with Oad Street
• Building a new link from Oad Street that connects directly with the A249 Stockbury roundabout and closing the existing junction of Oad Street and the A249
• Closing the Honeycrock Hill junction with the A249 for safety reasons

During the improvement scheme you may notice traffic management and reduced speed limits around the junction, which is likely to have an impact on your journey time. We will be working closely with local authorities to share any road closures, to help minimise disruption to road users. We will be sharing all closure and diversion information on our project website, where you can also sign up for updates directly into your inbox, as well as on our social media channels.

Following construction, we will be carrying out landscaping improvements around the junction, this will include seeding and planting of trees and shrubs.

Find out more about the improvements at our virtual exhibition
We’re inviting you to our online public exhibition, where you will be able to find out more about the project. The virtual room will be open from 9am Wednesday 22 September and will remain available for the rest of scheme. Our project team will also be on hand to answer any question you may have via the live chat. You will find them online at the following dates and times:

Wednesday 22 September - 9am – 12pm
Thursday 23 September - 3pm – 6pm
Friday 24 September - 10am – 1pm
Saturday 25 September - 9am – 12pm

We will also be organising face-to-face events in late October. More details will be shared on our project website closer to the time. Alongside these events, we will also be running some virtual presentations, where the project team will talk through the details of the scheme and answer any questions.

If you want to find out more about the scheme, see the latest update, sign up to our newsletter, and to access to the virtual public information event, visit our website: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/our-work/south-east/m2-junction-5-improvements/

We’ll also be sharing information on our social media channels:
Twitter (@HighwaysSEast)
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HighwaysSEast

If you miss our live chat or are unable to access our online room and want to get in touch, you can email us at M2j5@highwaysengland.co.uk or call the Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000.

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