Highways England has announced that its plans to improve ther M2 junction 5 Stockbury Interchabge have been officially approved by the Secretary of State, following completion of all stages of consultation.
Current proposals would see the existing roundabout replaced with a new interchange, which is a flyover, to provide free-flowing movement on the A249.
Two new dedicated free-flowing slip roads would be created with a left turn for traffic travelling from the A249 southbound to the M2 westbound and a left turn from the A249 northbound to the M2 eastbound.
Maidstone Road to the A249 Stockbury Roundabout would be closed, and Maidstone Road would be re-routed to link with Oad Street. The existing junction of Oad Street with the A249 would be closed with a new link provided south of the existing Oad Street to connect with the A249 Stockbury Roundabout, said an update by Highways England.
The junction has faced significant congestion problems and it is one of the busiest in the area. Highways England predict that changes could also reduce accidents by a third.