Press release

Safety work announced for Kent motorways

Work to help keep journeys safe on motorways in Kent by renewing road markings will begin next month.

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The work consists of replacing and improving the white lines and road studs on the M20 between junction 3 (Addington) and junction 13 (Folkestone) as well as on the M2 between junction 2 (Strood) and junction 4 (Bredhurst).

The work needs to be carried out as the existing white lining and studs have reached the end of their operational life and need to be replaced in order to maintain road user safety.

The work is part of a £339 million road maintenance investment being made by the Highways Agency in the South east this year, alongside a further £286 million in improvement work. Over the same period more than 400 miles of road across the region is being resurfaced.

Kevin Bown, Highways Agency Planning Manager said:

Safety is our top priority. This work will maintain safety levels for road users for years to come. It is just part of the huge investment the Highways Agency is making to improve the network in Kent.

The work is part of a package of road improvements that will help make journeys quicker and safer for drivers in Kent. In the next few months, the Highways Agency also expects to start the main work on upgrading the A21 near Tunbridge Wells to a dual carriageway and to complete work to install Dart Charge, which is improving journeys at the Dartford Crossing.

The work on the M20 and M2 will start in the next few weeks and is likely to take around a month in total. Work will be carried out overnight when traffic flows are at their lowest. Some lane and carriageway closures will be required. More details about specific closures will be released via the Highways Agency weekly road bulletins.

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 February 2015