From 1am on Monday (24th April) Highways England will be closing the section of Maidstone Road that links to the Stockbury roundabout, south of Wormdale Hill.
They have confirmed that: "while we're working on the new link to Oad Street, there will be no access to the roundabout from Maidstone Road. We’re currently due to open the new link on Monday 19th June 2023".
To access the properties and businesses on Chestnut Street and Maidstone Road, motorists will now have to use the Key Street roundabout and, due to the closure, the Arriva 334 bus service will not be able to use Danaway or Chestnut Street. It will instead operate on the A249 between the Stockbury Roundabout and Key Street.
Highways England, working with Kent County Council will now be offering FREE travel on the Kent Karrier community shopper bus service, for those residents affected, they say "to ensure there is still accessible transport around the village".
If you are a resident living on the bus route and would like to make use of the offer please go to: https://www.kent.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/travelling-around-kent/communit.... You will need to provide proof of address and a photograph when applying.
There will also be changes to how drivers use the Stockbury roundabout. They have now moved traffic heading southbound on the A249 from the Stockbury roundabout onto the new Oad Street link road while we carry out work on the main carriageway, as shown in the above picture. There’s currently no right turn from the Oad Street junction on to the northbound A249 and to join the northbound carriageway, drivers will need to turn left, go to M20 junction 7 and the return on the A249 northbound.
You can find out more information on the M2 Junction 5 improvement works by clicking: https://nationalhighways.co.uk/our-roads/south-east/m2-junction-5-improv....