Updated plans for major A2 improvements published
PUBLISHED: 12:47 21 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:47 21 February 2018
A consultation into a proposed £125 million pound upgrade for two busy junctions along the A2 in north Kent goes underway today (Wednesday February 21).
Under the plans, the Bean and Ebbsfleet junctions will both see their capacity increased, improving journeys, boosting safety and preparing the road network for the transformative growth expected in north Kent in the coming decades.
Both junctions will see enlarged junction roundabouts, with new lanes and enhanced slip roads.
At Bean, a new bridge will be built over the A2 dual carriageway providing two extra lanes between the two junction roundabouts, which will also be improved, and an additional slip road for eastbound traffic joining the A2.
The Ebbsfleet junction improvements include enlarging the existing roundabouts, widening the road between the roundabouts to a dual carriageway and widening existing slip roads.
An initial consultation ran between January and March last year, before the preferred options were announced in August.
Now the public is being asked for views on the updated plans, which will form the basis of the project’s formal planning application.
Highways England senior project manager, Brian Gash said: “Bean and Ebbsfleet junctions serve Bluewater, Ebbsfleet International station and soon the new Garden City, and these vital upgrades will help to make sure that the A2 stays fit for the future opportunities coming to Kent.
“Demand is expected to grow by up to 200 per cent by 2027, so it is vital that the final proposals we end up taking forward for planning permission are the best we can possibly make them.
“There are important decisions still to be made about each junction, so I’d encourage anyone with an interest – drivers, residents, business owners and visitors - to get involved.”
The announcement has been welcomed by the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, who have also contributed £45m funding for the project.
Ian Piper, chief executive of Ebbsfleet development corporation, said: “With up to 15,000 new homes in Ebbsfleet Garden City, it is important that local infrastructure is improved to accommodate this growth.
Details on the plans and feedback forms will be available online from today until 11:45pm April 4 at http://roads.highways.gov.uk/projects/a2-bean-and-ebbsfleet-junction-improvements/