Planned closure of the A249 northbound slip road

A roadworks warning road sign in front on two highway barriers

Kent County Council (KCC) has revealed plans for the temporary closures of a slip road to allow works to continue on the A249 Grovehurst Road Improvement Scheme.

The exit slip road of the A249, northbound, heading towards the Isle of Sheppey will be closed from 8pm on Tuesday, May 7, until the morning of Friday, August 30.

During the closure, our contractor will be completing realignment works on the existing slip road and the works needed to remove the existing roundabout, north of the bridge.

A diversion route will be in place taking traffic up the northbound A249, towards the Isle of Sheppey, before turning around at the Kingsferry roundabout back on to the southbound A249 towards Stockbury, when vehicles can exit via the southbound slip road.

One lane of the northbound A249 exit slip road will be reopened during the urgent repairs to the Kingsferry Bridge planned at various times in June and July, to help ease traffic flow in the area and minimise disruption as far as possible.

KCC’s Director of Highways and Transportation, Haroona Chughtai, said: “The A249 Grovehurst Road Improvement Scheme will see a new bridge built over the dual carriageway below, helping to reduce congestion and make journey times more reliable.

“We understand this closure will bring some disruption, but it is necessary if we are to continue to build on the good progress we have already made.

“Our teams will work with our contractor to continue to monitor the traffic management in the area, as we have done throughout the scheme, with the aim of reducing disruption as much as possible.”


Notes to editors

The A249 Grovehurst Road Improvement Scheme will unlock new homes planned along the A249 corridor from the junction with the M2 to the Isle of Sheppey. The improvements include altering the slip and approach roads to the junction, service diversions, changing traffic signals, lighting, and major earthwork operations. This will increase capacity on the road network and provide the infrastructure needed for the proposed housing plans in Swale and is being paid for through the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund and developer contributions.