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.
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.
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.
The side of these ramps are clad with specially designed flint and cobble panels, which you can already see on the ramp to the north and south of the roundabout, 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.
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.
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!
Stevie Collins, GRAHAM Project Manager said:
“We’re pleased with the fantastic progress made on the M2 junction 5 this year – with key milestones being reached with the opening of the Maidstone Road Link, the new dedicated slip onto the M2 London-bound and the progress made on the Stockbury Flyover– a lot has been happening on the scheme which is great!
These significant advancements, coupled with the teams dedicated support for community projects, not only signifies infrastructural growth but underscores our commitment to delivering a positive impact in the community.
I look forward to working with the team in 2024, as we continue to deliver this project in a timely and safely conscious manner”.
Dan Rollinson National Highways Project Manager 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.”
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We would like to wish you an enjoyable festive holiday and a happy 2024.