Parts of M2 in Kent to close for critical repair works

Junction 1 of M2 Motorway looking North where it becomes the A2, near Strood, Kent, UK, aerial view. (Photo by Tim Motion/Construction Photography/Avalon/Getty Images)
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Bridge repair work on the M2 will cause disruption the South East. Essential maintenance on the Merrals Shaw Bridge in Kent began yesterday (Tuesday, May 28). Overnight and weekend closures will run into June on the M2 junction 2 for work on the bridge.

The work, including replacing expansion joints, resurfacing, and waterproofing, is critical to keeping the bridge in good condition. From 9pm on Friday (May 31) to 6am on Monday (June 3), the London-bound carriageway of the M2 at junction 2 will be fully closed.

Then from Monday to Friday (June 7), the M2’s London-bound carriageway junction 2 will be closed overnight - from 9pm to 6am. Drivers should account for delays in the area and should head through with plenty of time and only if necessary and follow the official diversion route signposted.

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Automobiles sit in a traffic jam on the M2 motorway near Dartford, U.K., on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Passenger journeys on the U.K. rail network rose more than 4 percent to a record 1.65 billion in the fiscal year through March as the country's crowded roads encouraged people to continue an exodus from cars to trains. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Traffic will be diverted off the M2 via junction 2 exit slip to re-join the M2 via the M2 junction 2 entry slip. More information can be found here.

On other parts of the motorway, drivers may have noticed National Highways recently switched off some sections of life-expired street lighting around the M25 as part of its net zero targets. It happened for 10.4 miles between junctions 6 and 9, two miles between junction 21a to 23, and four miles between junction 29 to 30.

National Highways reports that switching off these lights is the equivalent of taking over 400 cars off the road a year.

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