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ME10Published 29/11/23
Sheerness Times Guardian • 

What is happening?


Notice is hereby given that National Highways intends to make an Order on the A249 Trunk Road in the County of Kent, under Sections 14(1)(a) and 14(1)(c) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 because works are proposed to be executed on, or in the vicinity of, the road. The effect of the Order would be, in phases, to authorise the overnight closure of:-
1. both carriageways of the A249 between Stockbury Roundabout and Sheerness Docks Roundabout, and all slip and link roads leading to and from
those carriageways;
2. the entire circulatory systems at Cowstead Roundabout (A2500), Neatscourt Roundabout, Whiteway Roundabout and Sheerness Docks Roundabout;
3. any side road at junction with the lengths of carriageway described in 1. above;
4. any bus stop or lay-by adjacent to the lengths of carriageway described in 1. above; and
5. any gap in the central reservation of the lengths of carriageway described in 1. above, and any dedicated lane used for the purpose of turning through them.
These measures would be in the interests of road safety while contractors undertake maintenance and renewal work of a cyclical nature and A249 project works.
The duration of each closure would vary depending on the nature of the maintenance work being undertaken on each occasion. The programme of works would start on or after 2nd January 2024.

Overnight closures would be in operation between 20:00 and 06:00 (maximum period).
Planned maintenance work would be scheduled to avoid disruption during known peak periods, although essential maintenance may be necessary during these periods to prevent the need for emergency works.
Please see National Highways website for specific details on any upcoming closures.
The Order would come into force on 2nd January 2024 and remain in force until 24th December 2024.

Traffic affected by the closures would be diverted via other junctions of the A249 or by using the A250, B2005, B2006, Chestnut Street, Halfway Road, High Street, Maidstone Road, Queenborough Road and Sheppey Way. The diversion in operation would vary according to the closure in force, and the diversion roads listed above are the agreed routes, but these may change depending on local conditions.

The temporary closures, overtaking bans and diversion routes would be clearly indicated by traffic signs when they are in operation during the works periods.

H Blyth, an Official of National Highways Ltd.
Ref: NH/SE/2024/A249/RNO
National Highways, (Company No. 9346363).
Registered Office: Bridge House, Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4LZ.

A company registered in England and Wales.
For enquiries, please contact the Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or 

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