M2 Junction 5 Improvement Scheme – start of preparation work and virtual exhibition
National Highways will be starting construction on improvements for the M2 junction 5 Stockbury interchange in January 2022. Ahead of this, they need to carry out some preparation work, which will start soon.
Preparation work – from September 2021:
The 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 they 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 their project webpage and National Highways south east social media channels as detailed below.
Main construction – from January 2022:
The 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. They will be working closely with local authorities to share any road closures, to help minimise disruption to road users. They will be sharing all closure and diversion information on their project website, where you can also sign up for updates directly into your inbox, as well as on our social media channels.
Following construction, they will be carrying out landscaping improvements around the junction, this will include seeding and planting of trees and shrubs.