Plans to improve Brenley Corner are well underway.
Having secured funding to develop a plan to improve the junction, we now need to make it a reality.
Last week, I met the Brenley Corner project team at National Highways for an update on their work.
I’m pleased the junction has cleared stage 1 of the process and is now in stage 2, which involves developing a proposal for a junction improvement scheme.
National Highways are working on a plan that would involve enlarging the roundabout and creating free flow traffic on the A2.
I’ve stressed the need to work with local residents in developing these plans. A consultation is due to open in early 2022, giving people the opportunity to have their say.
I stressed the impact that Swale’s Local Plan could have on local traffic. National Highways were clear that the Local Plan will need to stand up by itself, without the prospect of this junction improvement scheme in the pipeline.
I also stressed the importance of delivering other improvement schemes along the M2 - including Blue Bell Hill and Stockbury roundabout.
Once a plan for Brenley Corner is finalised, it will be up to the Department for Transport to assess whether there is a strong enough business case to fund the project.
I recently met the Roads Minister, Baroness Vere, to make the case for including Brenley Corner in the Government’s third Road Investment Strategy.
I’m determined to do everything I can to finally get the problems with this junction fixed.