Highways England confirms A2 junctions upgrade
Highways England has confirmed a £125M upgrade for two busy junctions in north Kent.
Earlier this year, plans were put out to public consultation and the preferred route has just been announced, which will see upgrades to the Bean and Ebbsfeet junctions on the A2. Both junctions will have their capacity increased by adding new lanes to their existing roundabouts and slip roads, while, a new bridge will be built over the A2 dual carriageway at Bean.
The announcement has been welcomed by the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, who confirmed a £45M funding contribution for the project.
The proposed Bean junction improvements will broadly follow the existing road layout but include an additional bridge over the A2 next to the existing bridge, and a new slip road onto the A2 for eastbound traffic. The current roundabouts will be enlarged and converted to traffic signal control. A new bridge over the A2 for southbound traffic will be provided to the east of the existing Bean Lane overbridge, which will be retained for northbound traffic.
Improvements at Ebbsfleet junction will see existing roundabouts enlarged and controlled by traffic signals, while the link road between the roundabouts will be widened to a dual carriageway. Both eastbound and westbound slip will also be widened.
The scheme is designed to help increase road capacity, looking at supporting the creation of 30,000 new jobs and over 15,000 new homes in the area. Improvements will be seen in journey times, and the flow of traffic through the junctions, while better facilities will be provided for non-motorised users.
Highways England Project Manager Hugh Coakley said: “It’s great to see that there is clear backing for improvements to the junctions at Bean and Ebbsfleet, and I would like to thank everyone who took part in our consultation. There will be another opportunity for anyone interested in the scheme to have their say next year, when we put the final designs to people for their views.
Paul Spooner, Interim Chief Executive of the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, said: “This is a major commitment by us to ensure the A2 continues to move. With up to 15,000 new homes in Ebbsfleet Garden City, we are well aware the strain that could place on local traffic, particularly at these two junctions, and this money enables that work to now go-ahead.
“With these improvements and a commitment from us to improve public transport in the area with a new upgraded Fastrack service, we are helping address those concerns and ensure traffic continues to flow as we see 5,100 homes completed here by 2021.”
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