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Boost for Ebbsfleet garden city as plans to upgrade A2 near Bluewater set to go on display

PUBLISHED: 11:06 14 October 2016

Plans for Ebbsfleet Garden City

Plans for Ebbsfleet Garden City

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The works are part of a series of schemes to improve major roads in the south east

Development of the Ebbsfleet garden city received another boost this week as plans to upgrade the A2 were launched by Highways England.

One of seven schemes across major routes in the south east worth up to £605m, the planned improvements to junctions near Bluewater are set to go on display as part of a wider plan to enable major developments in the vicinity of Ebbsfleet.

The project aims to reduce congestion, improve safety and boost the economy and over the next few months public consultations will be held to give drivers, residents and businesses their chance to comment to ensure the best possible improvements are taken forward.

They were first announced in the government’s Road Investment Strategy in November 2014 as part of a £2.2bn package of 26 different projects across the south east.

Highways England’s regional director for major projects in the south east, Ken Simmonds, said: “These improvements, which are being made possible by the government’s record £15 billion investment in major roads, will help drivers who make up the 237 million journeys on these sections of road every year.

“Each scheme has been developed by working with local partners and now you can have your say.

“I encourage anyone with an interest in these roads – whether they drive on them, live near them or depend on them for trade – to get involved and give us their views.”

Public consultations on plans for the latest schemes will launch in the coming months.

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