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National Highways to start work on major upgrade of busy M2 junction in Kent



National Highways has today (Monday 20 September) announced plans to start work on the upgrade of the M2 junction 5 (Stockbury Interchange) where it meets the A249, to improve the flow of traffic and bring real benefits to drivers who use this junction daily.

This early work will involve lane closures on the southbound and northbound A249 around junction 5 during off peak hours during the day. These are limited closures to help with site clearance and preparation work for the main construction.

  • The diversion of water pipes, electricity and phone lines

  • The installation of a site compound

  • Vegetation and site clearance

  • Archaeological investigations

The main construction work starts January 2022 and will include:

  • 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:

  • left turn from the A249 southbound to the M2 westbound towards London

  • left turn from the A249 northbound to the M2 eastbound towards Canterbury

  • Closing the connection from the Maidstone Road the A249 Stockbury Roundaboutand 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.


National Highways, project manager Amy Hulley said:

“Improvements to this important junction will improve journey times, improve safety and provide a more integrated network for everyone. To give people the opportunity to find out more, we’re holding online virtual public information events, where road users will be able to learn more about the project and ask questions before we start the main construction work in January next year. I urge people who use the M2 around junction 5 to get involved and we look forward to hearing their feedback.”


The virtual room will be open from 9am on Wednesday 22 September and will remain open throughout the work. A live chat feature will be available for people to ask questions of the project team during these times:

Wednesday 22 September - 9am – 12pm Thursday 23 September - 3pm – 6pm Friday 24 September - 10am – 1pm Saturday 25 September - 9am – 12pm National Highways will also be organising a face-to-face event in late October and details will be shared on the project website closer to the time.

For updates on the scheme, to sign up for a project newsletter or to access the virtual public information people should visit the website:

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