Press release

Planned roadworks in Kent and Sussex: Weekly summary for Monday 25 May to Sunday 31 May 2015

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The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of 22 May 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.

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M20 junctions 4 West Malling to 5 Maidstone, Kent: Drainage investigation

Work to improve journeys by carrying out drainage investigations between junction 4 (West Malling) and junction 5 (Maidstone) will continue this week. Lane closures will be in place in both directions overnight, between 8pm and 6am, from Thursday 26 May for four nights. Work is due to be complete on Sunday 31 May.

M20 junctions 8 Hollingbourne and 9 Ashford, Kent: Carriageway investigation

Work to improve journeys by carrying out carriageway investigations between junction 8 (Hollingbourne) and junction 9 (Ashford) will start this week. A lane closure will be in place in both directions overnight, between 8pm and 6am, on Thursday 28 May.

M23 junctions 8 (for the M25) and 9 Gatwick, West Sussex: Drainage repair

Work to improve road user safety by carrying out drainage repair work between junction 8 (for the M25) and junction 9 (Gatwick) will start this week. Lane closures will be in place in both directions with a reduced speed limit of 50mph in the remaining open lanes overnight, between 8pm and 6am, from Thursday 28 May for two nights. Work is due to be completed on Friday 29 May.

A2 Jubilee Way, Dover, Kent: Lighting replacement

Work to improve road user safety by replacing the lighting on the A2 between the Port of Dover and the Guston Roundabout will continue this week. The coastbound carriageway will be closed overnight, between 8pm and 6am, from Thursday 28 May for two nights. In addition, a lane closure will be in place on the London-bound carriageway along with the outer ring of Guston Roundabout being closed during the same period. The work is due to be completed in June.

A21 Tonbridge to Pembury, Kent: Major improvement work

Work to improve journeys by installing a new carriageway between Vauxhall and Pembury will continue this week. The carriageway will be closed in both directions overnight, between 8pm and 6am, from Friday 29 May for two nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A228 and A26. Work is due to be complete in Spring 2017.

For further information visit the road project page.

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. Narrow lanes and a 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.

In addition, a 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.

A27 Poling to Hammerpot, West Sussex: Drainage repair

Work to improve road user safety by carrying out drainage repairs on the A27 between Poling and Hammerpot will continue this week. Lane closures will be in place in both directions overnight, between 8pm and 6am, from Thursday 28 May for two nights. The work is due to be complete in June.

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 22 May 2015