M2 Junction 5 (with the A249) preferred route announced from Highways England.

Hollingbourne Parish Council has received the following e-mail from Highways England about the proposed works at the Junction of the M20 and the A249 outside of Sittingbourne. When problems occur on the A249, the road through Hollingbourne is used as an alternative route across the North Downs and congestion in the Eyhorne Street Conservation Area is usually a result. Please Read More.

M2 junction 5 improvements scheme: Preferred route announcement


Dear Councillor,

As you know, Highways England is currently progressing an improvement scheme at M2 junction 5 in Kent. If you recall, Option 12A was presented at public consultation in Autumn 2017.

There was little support for Option 12A with 68% of the general public not supporting this option. Highways England therefore undertook a review of the rejected flyover option (Option 4) to determine if there were opportunities to reduce the cost of the scheme, whilst maintaining the benefits of this option.

A revised scheme has been developed, referred to as Option 4H1. This option delivers the Roads Investment Strategy 1 outcomes, increases safety benefits over Option 12A and ensures there are no traffic signals on the A249 mainline. We are today pleased to announce Option 4H1 as our preferred route.

Although lower cost than Option 4, the revised Option 4H1 still remains above the original allocated budget. Highways England has had a series of discussions with external partners to identify additional financial contributions to the scheme and now includes a £2.5 million contribution from Kent County Council.

For more information about the scheme, our webpage can be found at www.highwaysengland.co.uk/projects/m2-junction-5-improvements/.


Why am I receiving this email?

You have been identified as Parish Councillor with an interest in the scheme or who may have been involved in previous correspondence with Highways England, or our suppliers, and we want to keep you informed.

If you would like more details on the scheme and to read the full consultation report, this and other material can be found at

www.highwaysengland.co.uk/projects/m2-junction-5-improvements/ .


Next steps

We are currently at the beginning of Stage 3 – preliminary design. We have drawn up an artist’s impression to indicate how the flyover would work and to give some idea on how it might look.

Now we have announced the preferred route, we will carry out more detailed surveys and investigations to allow us to design the Option 4H1 scheme in more detail.

The scheme will proceed under the Highways 1980 Act so there will be a series of public information events in late 2018/early 2019.

We currently expect work to start on site no later than March 2020.

If you have any queries regarding the M2 junction 5 improvement scheme, please speak to our customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000 or email us at


M2 Junction 5 Improvements Scheme

Regional Investment Programme (South East)
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