Press release

Planned roadworks in Kent and Sussex: Weekly summary for Monday 20 July to Sunday 26 July 2015

Summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week.

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The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of 17 July but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. All our improvement work is carried out with the aim of causing as little disruption as possible.

M2 junctions 4 Gillingham to 6 Faversham, Kent: joint and bearing replacement

Work to maintain journeys by undertaking bridge joint and bearing replacement on the M2 between junctions 4 (Gillingham) and 6 (Faversham) will continue this week. The carriageway will be closed in both directions between junctions 5 (Stockbury) and 6 (Faversham) overnight, between 9pm and 5am, on Monday 20 July. A fully signed diversion will be in place via the A249, M20 and the A229.

In addition, Mount Lane and Bottom Pond Road will be closed underneath the motorway until September. Clearly signed diversions for these local roads will be in place.

A23 Airport Way, West Sussex: signage

Work to keep road users informed by repairing a damaged sign on the roundabout near to to Gatwick South Terminal will start this week. Lane closures will be in place overnight, between 8pm and 4am, from Monday 20 July for 2 nights.

A2 Cobham, Kent: resurfacing

Work to improve journeys on the A2 at Cobham by carrying out resurfacing will start this week. The Three Crutches overbridge entry slip road on the London-bound carriageway will be closed along with the Cole Wood underbridge entry slip road on the London-bound carriageway. In addition, three lanes will be closed on the London-bound carriageway with a reduced speed limit of 50mph. There will also be a requirement to close the London-bound exit slip road at Cobham. All work will take place overnight, between 8pm and 6am, from Monday 20 July (Monday to Friday only). Work is due to be complete by the end of July. Clearly signed diversions will be in place as follows:

  • road users wishing to join the A2 London-bound at the A289 will be diverted via the M2 coastbound to junction 2 and return on the London-bound carriageway.
  • road users wishing to join the A2 London-bound at Three Crutches will be diverted via Watling Street, the A226 / Gravesend Road and the A289 to join the M2 carriageway.
  • road users wishing to exit the A2 London-bound at Brewers Road will be diverted on the A2 to Marling Cross and return on the coastbound carriageway.

A21 Tonbridge to Pembury, Kent: major improvement work

Work to improve journeys on the A21 between Tonbridge and Pembury will continue this week and is due to be complete in spring 2017. Temporary two-way traffic lights will be in place between Vauxhall and Longfield overnight, between 8pm and 6am, from Monday 20 July for 5 nights.

For further information visit the road project pages.

A27 Old Shoreham-Lancing Roundabout, West Sussex: central reservation survey

Work to improve road user safety by carrying out central reservation surveys will start this week. Lane 2 closures will be in place in both directions overnight, between 8pm and 6am, from Monday 20 July for 3 nights.

A27 Hangleton, West Sussex: carriageway resurfacing

Work to improve journeys by resurfacing the carriageway between Hangleton and Holmbush interchange will continue this week. The westbound carriageway will be closed overnight, between 8pm and 6am, from Monday 20 July including weekends. Work is due to finish at the end of July. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A293 and A270.

A27 Kingsham, West Sussex: new footbridge construction

Work to improve safety by installing a footbridge at Kingsham on the A27 near Chichester will continue this week. The eastbound carriageway between the Whyke roundabout and the Stockbridge roundabout will be closed on overnight, between 8pm and 5am, on Sunday 26 July. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A259 and A286. Lane closures will be in place in both directions overnight, between 8pm and 6am, from Monday 20 July for 5 nights.

Narrow lanes and a temporary 50mph speed limit will remain in place throughout the construction period. In addition, temporary pedestrian traffic lights will be in place on Hunston Road across the A27, east of Whyke roundabout and across Whyke Road in both directions. A temporary 30mph speed limit will be in place between the Bognor roundabout and the Stockbridge roundabout during the same period. Work is due to be complete in July.

Safety at roadworks

Highways England is working with the industry and road users to reduce the risks of working on the roads. For the safety of road workers and all road users, when you are approaching roadworks:

  • keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety
  • get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching
  • concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks
  • be alert for works’ traffic leaving or entering roadworks
  • keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front
  • observe all signs – they are there to help you
  • be alert for road workers, the roads are their workplace

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

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

Published 17 July 2015