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Published: 16:34, 13 June 2019
| Updated: 15:19, 19 June 2019
The latest plans for a revamped Stockbury Roundabout have been unveiled.
Highways England has announced today that it has published the necessary orders to allow it to make the multi-million pound changes to the A249's junction with the M2 at Junction 5 for Sittingbourne, Sheppey and Maidstone.
The scheme includes a new flyover for A249 traffic, which Highways bosses say "will create an uninterrupted link for drivers staying on the dual carriageway and will free up extra space on the roundabout".
As well as a flyover, the scheme will include two new free-flowing slip roads: A left turn for traffic from the Maidstone-bound A249 to the M2, and a left-turn from the Sheppey-bound A249 to the M2.
The existing connection from the Maidstone Road to the A249 Stockbury Roundabout will be closed, and Maidstone Road will be re-routed to link with Oad Street.
The current junction of Oad Street with the A249 will be closed.
A new link will be provided south of Oad Street to connect directly with the Stockbury Roundabout.
The Honeycrock Hill junction with the A249 will be closed for safety reasons
Following a public consultation in late 2017, on the various options to improve the junction, the authority announced a preferred route in May 2018, which identified a modified version of the flyover option – called Option 4H1.
Since then, its roads planners have finalised the proposals for the scheme.
Now there is a six-week period for interested parties, including members of the public, to submit comments on the scheme or lodge an objection.
Should all go to plan, works are scheduled to start in March 2020.
The road would reopen in late autumn, early winter 2021.
Hard copies of the orders can be viewed at:
Sheppey Gateway in Sheerness High Street; Sittingbourne Library in Central Avenue;Maidstone House in King Street, Maidstone; Maidstone's County Hall; and Maidstone Library in James Whatman Way.
Comments on what is planned must be made in writing to:
Post: The Secretary of State at the National Transport Casework Team, Tyneside House, Skinnerburn Road, Newcastle Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7AR
The deadline will be midnight on Thursday, July 25.
Following a review of all comments received and objections made, the Secretary of State will then decide upon whether a public inquiry will be held.
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