All the A249 closures planned this month as Stockbury Roundabout flyover nears completion

An aerial view of the new Stockbury flyover
-Credit: (Image: National Highways)

As works on the M2 Junction 5 and Stockbury Roundabout improvement scheme progress, a new batch of closures along the A249 have been announced for July. National Highways has confirmed the final preparation works needed to open the new Stockbury flyover will be taking place over the coming days.

For these to be completed, a series of overnight closures have been scheduled for several key stretches of the A249. From tonight (July 5) to Monday (July 8), the A249 Sheppey-bound carriageway will see back-to-back overnight closures.

The carriageway will shut between the Stockbury and Key Street Roundabouts from 8pm to 5am each night. While this stretch of the road is closed, traffic will be diverted via the M2, Hoath Way, A2, Sheppey Way and A249.

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Non-motorway traffic will need to use the A249, A229, A2, and Sheppey Way, back onto the A249. Following this, the Maidstone-bound carriageway of the A249 will then shut on Tuesday (July 9) from the Stockbury Roundabout to Church Hill.

Again, the road will shut from 8pm until 5am the following morning. Traffic will be diverted via the M2, A229 Bluebell Hill, M20 and A249, as non-motorway traffic will need to use the A249, A2 and A229 to return to the A249.

Another closure will take place on the A249 Maidstone-bound on Wednesday (July 10), again from 8pm, to 5am on Thursday. This time, the road will shut between the Bobbing and Stockbury Roundabouts.

A diversion will be in place via Sheppey Way, A2, Hoath Way, M2, A229, M20, A249, while non-motorway traffic is urged to use Sheppey Way, A2, A229, A249. From Thursday morning (July 11), one lane will be open on the Stockbury flyover for Maidstone-bound traffic.

That night, the A249 Maidstone-bound carriageway will close one last time between Church Hill and the Stockbury Roundabout from 8pm to 5am. While shut, a diversion route will be in place via the M20, A229 Bluebell Hill, M2, A249.

Non-motorway traffic will have to follow the A249, A229, A2, and Sheppey Way back onto the A249. Then from Friday morning (July 12), a lane of the Stockbury flyover will be open for Sheppey-bound traffic.

A National Highways spokesperson added: “There will be closure signage on the A249 at the M20 junction 7, advising of the diversion route. Residents on the A249 itself and surrounding villages, please join the A249 as normal.”

It is anticipated that the flyover will be opened fully before the end of July. These works coincide with a number of other disruptive roadworks around Swale, including the ongoing closures of the Kingsferry Bridge, further information on which can be found here.

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