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LAST CHANCE to have your say on changes to the A2 at Bean Interchange and Ebbsfleet junction

PUBLISHED: 11:20 27 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:20 27 February 2017

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A consultation closes on Wednesday

Motorists and residents have just days left to have their say on a major redevelopment of two key junctions.

The Bean Interchange and Ebbsfleet junctions of the A2 could be undergo major development as soon as 2020.

Both junctions are expected to see traffic-flow rise in the coming years, with Highways England warning ‘without improvements to both junctions, the road network will become highly congested resulting in considerable delays and associated environmental issues’.

But environmental campaigners are warning the development could ‘increase congestion, increase air pollution and increase journey times’.

Under proposals worth around £125million, the Bean junction will follow its existing layout, but with an additional bridge for southbound traffic over the A2, and a new slip road on to the A2 for east bound traffic.

The current roundabouts will be expanded and converted to traffic light control.

Figures from Highways England warn traffic at the Ebbsfleet junction could double during weekday periods by 2037, compared to 2014 traffic levels.

Changes at the junction would see roundabouts enlarged with traffic lights brought it, with link roads to new developments widened from a single lane to a dual carriageway.

The consultation document reads: “The existing eastbound and westbound slip roads from the A2 are retained. The eastbound and westbound slip roads to the A2 are widened.”

Alex Hills, from the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s Gravesend and Dartford branch, warned: “Creating another slip road on to the A2 will increase congestion, increase air pollution and increase journey times thereby reducing the cost benefit of the project.

“The creation of a new slip road would cause traffic to backup into the Dartford crossing, this just not make any sense. Having the M25 and Bean interchange being so close together already cause problems.

“The loss of homes and local amenity to increase congestion of the A2 is at best ridiculous.

“The problems the slip road will cause will soon lead to calls for it to be closed meaning that homes and amenity will have been lost for nothing.

“Even if, and it’s a very big if, the slip road did increase capacity of the interchange it would not be used as traffic would be backed up from the A2. I have driven and observed traffic using this junction many times and even with smart traffic lights it is clear that adding a new slip road will lead to the roundabout being a major bottle neck in the area. No scheme that involves a new east bound slip road can or should be supported.”

“CPRE Kent Dartford and Gravesham branch welcomes the fact that improvements to this interchange are been looked at. It is important that the right changes are made rather than an “anything is better than what we have now” approach.”

A decision is expected to be made in the summer.

To find out more and have your say click here. Don’t forget to email your thoughts into luke.may@archant.co.uk.

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