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A229 Blue Bell Hill Junction Improvement Scheme

Meeting: 07/10/2020 - Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Committee (Item 226)

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The Principal Planning Officer introduced the report which set out the Council’s draft response to the consultation that Kent County Council (KCC) had launched from 15 September 2020 to 19 October 2020. The consultation was on the proposed highway improvement works to the Bluebell Hill section of the A229, including Junction 3 of the M2 and Junction 6 of the M20.


The Bluebell Hill section of the A229 was key in local and strategic journeys, with an estimated 68,000 vehicle movements per day. Options one and two would involve the same improvement works; widening of the south-bound carriageway of the A229 to three lanes, enlarging the Running Horse Roundabout to the West and the improvement of the slip road onto the M20 Eastbound from the Cobtree roundabout. Option three would produce further changes, whereby Junction 6 of the M20 would be redesigned to provide a new grade separate junction. It was expected that a preferred option would be announced by KCC in Spring 2021 and cost £142million. Completion of any work would coincide with the opening of the Lower Thames Crossing in 2027.


The Committee supported the draft responses attached and it was noted that the Boxley Ward Members supported option 3.


RESOLVED: That the content of the Kent County Council ‘A229 Blue Bell Hill Junction Improvement Scheme’ consultation be noted, and the Council’s response as set out in Appendix 1 to the report be approved for submission.