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WORK DUE TO START ON A2 ROAD IMPROVEMENT SCHEME

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Work will begin in a week's time on a£122m road improvement scheme aimed at reducing congestion on the A2 at Grave...
Work will begin in a week's time on a£122m road improvement scheme aimed at reducing congestion on the A2 at Gravesend.

The Pepperhill to Cobham improvement scheme includes the building of 4km of a new dual four lane road between Pepperhill and Marling Cross, and widening of 2.5 km of the existing A2 to a dual four lane road between Marling Cross and Cobham. New junctions will be built at Tollgate and Marling Cross, a new bridge will be built at Thong Lane, and new footbridges at Ifield Court and Church Road.

Roads will be built with a new low noise surfacing, with an estimated 2,500 properties benefiting from a reduction in noise levels and 250 properties having noise levels halved. Approximately 390 properties will experience an improvement in air quality, halving the number of properties in the local Air Quality Management Area. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2008.

Transport minister Stephen Ladyman said: 'This is good news for all those who use these busy routes and demonstrates the government's continuing commitment to investing in our road network to support economic growth in Kent. The improvements will bring real benefits to motorists in the form of improved safety, reduced congestion and more reliable journey times.'

Phil Cheesmur, Highways Agency project leader, said: 'Site clearance and archaeological investigation works will be carried out over the next few months to take advantage of the good weather in preparation for the main works starting in January 2007.

'Drivers will not see any effect of the works on this section of the A2 until January 2007. These improvements will add much needed extra lane space on this busy route.'

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