Our statutory consultation for the A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet improvements scheme is now open. We are seeking your feedback on all aspects of our proposals and as such have published a range of materials to help you understand the scheme, its impacts and benefits.
You can access all of the consultation material and have your say on our consultation page.
The material is also available in our 'Media and Documents' section below under 'Consultation 2018'.
The selected road layout has been developed working with our consultants and the local authorities.
Our next step is to continue the conversation with you by undertaking a second and statutory public consultation starting on Wednesday 21 February. Between Wednesday 21 February and 4 April 2018 we are holding a series of public information exhibitions to provide you with the opportunity to view scheme proposals, talk to the project team and feedback your comments.
There will also be a scheme brochure and a questionnaire to complete on our website and available at the exhibitions and deposit points listed below.
Following the consultation we will analyse all feedback and produce a consultation report. This will then be part of a planning application called a development consent order (DCO) to the Planning Inspectorate.
After the examination the Planning Inspectorate will make a recommendation to the Government which makes the final decision on the scheme. We will only be able to construct the scheme if the Development Consent Order is granted. Consent will also allow compulsory purchase of any land required.
For more information about the process for proposed major infrastructure projects visit the Planning Inspectorate website or call 0303 4445000.
The Highways England Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC) for this A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet statutory consultation provides an explanation of our consultation approach. This document was sent to the local authorities for comment and has been amended accordingly.
|21 February to 4 April 2018||Statutory Consultation|
|Autumn 2018||Submit a planning application (the Development Consent Order) to the Planning Inspectorate, which includes the final consultation report|
|2018-2019||The Planning Inspectorate evaluates the scheme|
|2019||The Planning Inspectorate makes a recommendation to the Government, which will decide whether to give the scheme consent|
|2020||If planning consent is granted then construction starts|
|2022/2023||Scheme opens for traffic|
Public information events will be held on the dates and at the venues below:
- Wednesday 21 February 2018, 2pm â€“ 6pm: Heritage Community Hall, Craylands Lane, Swanscombe, DA10 0LP
- Saturday 24 February 2018, 10am â€“ 3pm: Bean Youth and Community Centre, High Street, Bean, DA2 8AS
- Saturday 3 March 2018, 9am â€“ 9pm: Bluewater Shopping Centre, Dartford, DA9 9ST
- Saturday 10 March 2018, 10am â€“ 3pm: Eastgate, Springhead Parkway, Northfleet, Gravesend, DA11 8AD
- Thursday 15 March 2018, 7am â€“ 9am / 3pm â€“ 7pm: Ebbsfleet International Station, Dartford, DA10 1EB
- Saturday 17 March 2018, 10am â€“ 2pm: Stone Pavilion, Hayes Road, Stone, DA9 9DS
The following documents which support our consultation will be on this web page from 21 February onwards:
- Consultation brochure and questionnaire
- Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR)
- Scheme Assessment Report
- Technical Assessment Report
They will also be available to view free of charge during the consultation period ie from Wednesday 21 February at the inspection locations listed below.
|Dartford Borough Council||Civic Centre, Home Gardens, Dartford, DA1 1DR|
|Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council||The Grove, Swanscombe, DA10 0GA|
Public consultation brochures and survey questionnaires will be available from the below locations.
|Bean Youth and Community Centre||High Street, Bean, DA2 8AS|
|Greenhithe Library||London Road, Greenhithe, DA9 9EJ|
|Fleetdown Library||Swaledale Road, Dartford, DA2 6JZ|
|Longfield Library||49 Main Road, Longfield, DA3 7QT|
|Swan Valley Library||Swanscombe Library Discovery Centre, Southfleet Road, Swanscombe, DA10 OBZ|
|Temple Hill Community Centre||Temple Hill Square, Dartford, DA1 5HY|
|Coldharbour Road Library||3 Coldharbour Road, Northfleet, DA11 8AE|
|Hive House Library||Hive House, Northfleet, DA11 9DE|
|Gravesend Library||Windmill Street, Gravesend, DA12 IBE|
|Gravesham Borough Council||Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, DA12 1AU|
|Maidstone County Hall||County Hall, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ|
|Stone Pavilion||Hayes Road, Greenhithe, DA9 9DS|
Why we need this scheme
We want to make sure all our major roads are more dependable, durable and most importantly safe. Thatâ€™s why weâ€™re delivering ÂŁ15 billion of investment on our national network â€“ the largest investment in a generation. The A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet junction improvements scheme is part of this programme.
The Kent Thameside area is predicted to see significant growth in the future. Around 15,000 homes and 30,000 jobs are expected to be created by the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation. Additional growth is underway in the Dartford area, with over 4,000 homes being build and planning permission for another 3,915 homes.
This scheme will provide additional capacity at each junction to smooth traffic flow, improve journey times and increase safety, which is great news for the local and regional economy.
The scheme in detail
The Bean and Ebbsfleet junctions are on the busy A2 trunk road separated by approximately 1.2 miles (2 kilometres). The Bean junction connects the Bluewater shopping centre and the B255 to the A2. The Ebbsfleet junction connects the A2 with the B259 Southfleet Road.
We are proposing to improve both junctions at:
- Bean junction: We propose to retain the existing layout with the current roundabouts enlarged and controlled by traffic lights. There will be a new bridge over the A2 for southbound traffic (situated to the east of the existing Bean Lane overbridge, which will be retained for northbound traffic) and a new slip road on to the A2 for eastbound traffic
- Ebbsfleet junction: The proposals will broadly follow the existing road layout with enlarged roundabouts controlled by traffic lights. The road between the roundabouts will be widened to a dual carriageway. The slip roads from the A2 will be retained and the slip roads to the A2 widened
The aim of this scheme were developed in conjunction with the Department for Transport and local authorities. Improving the junctions will:
- support economic and housing growth in north Kent, including Ebbsfleet Garden City
- increase capacity of the junctions and minimise the impact on the A2
- improve journey times
- improve road safety
- minimise impact on the environment
- provide value for money
- supports economic development, including jobs and housing growth
- increases road capacity to support future growth
- smooths traffic and improves journey times at both junctions
- increases capacity for all road users without endangering safety
- improves safety for all road users
- provides better facilities for cyclists and pedestrians
- provides better access to public transport
- working to protect the local environment
Project media files and documents
Statutory Consultation Questionnaire
Statement of Community Consultation
Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Non-Technical Summary
Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Volume 1 - Main Report
Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Volume 2 - Appendices
Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Volume 3 Figures Chapter 1-2
Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Volume 3 Figures Chapter 2-5
Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Volume 3 Figures Chapter 6-7
Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Volume 3 Figures Chapter 8
Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Volume 3 Figures Chapter 9
Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Volume 3 Figures Chapter 10
Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Volume 3 Figures Chapter 11
Statutory Notice - Scheme Factsheet
Statutory Notice - Section 48 Notice
Statutory Notice - Development consent
Environmental assessment report vol. 2: part 6
Environmental assessment report vol. 2: part 5
Environmental assessment report vol. 2: part 4
Environmental assessment report vol. 2: part 3
Environmental assessment report vol. 2: part 2
Environmental assessment report vol. 2: part 1
Environmental assessment report vol. 1
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