Press release

A249 Sheppey Crossing maintenance in Kent

Work to maintain and improve the road surface over the Sheppey Crossing on the A249 will take place later this month.


The resurfacing will start on the northbound carriageway at 7am on Saturday 28 March and is due, weather permitting, to be finished by 11am on Sunday 29 March. This work originally started in November 2014 but was halted due to adverse weather conditions.

Highways Agency Asset Manager Kevin Bown said:

The Sheppey Crossing is a major route for the people of north Kent so it is extremely important that we maintain it to the highest standards for road users. The work we are doing will help to reduce the likelihood of unplanned closures in the future.

We are closing the crossing over the weekend as this is when traffic flow is at its lowest and this will enable us to complete the resurfacing with as little disruption to road users as possible.

The carriageway will be closed between the Kingsferry slip roads and the Cowstead roundabout. Traffic will be diverted along the Kingsferry Bridge whilst the work takes place. It is not anticipated that this diversion will add a significant amount to journey times. Road users travelling in the opposite direction to the work will not be affected.

Further closures may follow in April. Exact times and dates will be publicised closer to the date.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 13 March 2015