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Stockbury Roundabout plans backed by Gordon Henderson

By John Nurden

An MP has urged residents and businesses to back plans to improve a motorway junction.

Gordon Henderson, member of parliament for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, has made the plea after Highways England revealed the latest plans for the M2 junction at Stockbury Roundabout.

He said: "This new design is a massive improvement on the previous one, which was rejected by Government after an outcry from local people, politicians and businesses.

Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP Gordon Henderson (12340152)
Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP Gordon Henderson (12340152)

"I want everyone now to get behind this new scheme and write in support of it.

"The new junction is vital for the economic development of Sittingbourne and Sheppey and is long overdue.

"I hope there is a strong response from the local community and businesses so work can start as early as March next year."

Highways England published a revised design this week for Junction 5 where the motorway joins the A249 linking Maidstone to Sittingbourne.

The M2 Junction 5 from the M2 coast-bound slip road (12303659)
The M2 Junction 5 from the M2 coast-bound slip road (12303659)

The new plans now include a flyover.

Previous schemes were rejected by Mr Henderson, Kent County Council, Swale Borough Council, residents and businesses.

Comments must be sent to Highways England by July 25.

They can be posted to the Secretary of State for Transport at the National Transport Casework Team, Tyneside House, Skinnerburn Road, Newcastle Business Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 7AR or emailed to nationalcasework@dft.gov.uk.

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