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Closure of M2 junctions and A249 as work continues on £92m Stockbury roundabout revamp

A busy A-road is set to shut this weekend, followed by a motorway closure.

National Highways says the A249 will be closed between the M20 and Stockbury roundabout, from 9pm on Friday, May 12 until 5am Monday, May 15 as work continues on the £92million upgrade to the Stockbury flyover project.

They say the closure is necessary before northbound traffic is switched onto the old southbound carriageway on Monday morning. After that, traffic heading for Maidstone will be diverted to rejoin the A249 via a spur linking with Oad Street.

During the A249 closure Kent County Council will also be carrying out carriageway repairs on the road north of Rumpstead Lane.

Separate to the improvement scheme, the M2 Junctions 4 and 5 are set to be closed overnight, from 8pm to 6am, for resurfacing works on the following dates:

Monday, May 15 to Friday, May 19 – London-bound

Monday, May 22 to Thursday, May 25 – coastbound

Tuesday, May 20 to Friday, June 2 – coastbound

Monday June, 12 to Thursday, June 15 – London-bound (closures will start at 10pm from Tuesday 13 to Thursday, June 15)

There will also be a lane closed during the day on the London-bound entry and exit slips at junction 5 from Monday, May 15 for seven days, then again from Monday, June 12 for seven days.

Before this work starts, the M2 London-bound exit slip at Junction 5 closed overnight (8pm to 6am) on Sunday, May 1 to allow for barrier repairs.

Drone images showed progress on the Stockbury Flyover project earlier this year. Picture: Philip Drew
Drone images showed progress on the Stockbury Flyover project earlier this year. Picture: Philip Drew

National Highways says the £92 million works at Junction 5 of the M2, which began in September last year, will lead to safer journeys for hundreds of thousands of drivers.

The junction has been described as one of the busiest in the region, with drivers experiencing large queues and heavy congestion on a daily basis, as well as it having one of the highest collision rates in England.

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