Press release

Resurfacing at the M2/A249 junction, Kent

Drivers will benefit from smoother journeys and improved journey reliability thanks to work starting on the M2 near Sittingbourne, Kent.


Overnight resurfacing work will start on junction 5 of the M2, for the A249, on Tuesday (22 April) night until mid-May, with sections of the roundabout closed while the work is carried out.

Highways Agency Project Sponsor, Anita Waterton said:

Thousands of vehicles use the M2 and A249 junction every day to get to work or to do business and this resurfacing work will help drivers to keep moving. We will be installing new traffic detection technology in the road which will help to improve timings at the roundabout and resurfacing the road after.

We have planned the work carefully to minimise disruption and have avoided closing the roundabout entirely to allow the improvements to be made. Instead, we will be closing parts of the roundabout in phases with a diversion route so drivers can continue their journeys. Work will also be carried out overnight when traffic flows are at their lowest.

The first section of the work will take place from Tuesday 22 April to the morning of Sunday 27 April and between 8pm and 6am, the following will be closed:

  • The A249 between the M2 and A2
  • Maidstone Road, parallel to the A249
  • M2 Londonbound entry slip road
  • Two lanes on the M2 Londonbound exit slip road and the M2 coastbound exit slip road
  • One lane on the A249 northbound on approach to the roundabout

Motorway traffic will be diverted via the A2, A278, M2, A229 and M20 with non-motorway traffic following a diversion via the A2, A229 and Sandling Lane.

Information about future closures and diversion routes will be publicised in advance.

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 17 April 2014