Junction 5 Slips
We are campaigning with local councillors and our Member of Parliament, Tom Tugendhat, for east facing sliproads on the M25 near Sevenoaks to take national traffic and air pollution out of our villages.
Our MP brought up this issue in the House of Commons and his and our voices were heard! This is another positive step forward for our West Kent Community as our submission to the Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) received one of the largest number of responses.
East facing sliproads on the M25 near Sevenoaks would improve :
- Local Economy; growth in North West Kent is inhibited by the lack of connectivity to the National Motorway Network.
- A25 and Rural Traffic; Using the M26 as an East-West trunk route would divert long distance traffic around East Sevenoaks, Seal, Borough Green and Platt while the slips would also relieve villages along A227.
- Air Quality. All the above would reduce the traffic impact and lower pollution in the existing Air Quality Management Areas like Sevenoaks, Borough Green, Platt and the A25 corridor
Junction 5 Slips Consultation Response
I would like to inform you that on 29th October 2018 the Government has published its response to the RIS2 consultation that ran from December 2017 until February 2018.
The excellent news is that they have specifically noted the 172 responses that were received proposing slip roads at Junction 5 of the M25 as one of 3 major nationwide campaigns to receive this level of support.
The positive news from this is that the scheme is now clearly on the DfT’s radar and it will have to be considered as part of the investment plan for RIS2 investments.
The draft RIS is also on the second link below and sets out the Governments objectives. The final RIS2, including the strategic vision, performance specification and investment plan for the strategic road network will be published late next year.
The key thing over the next few months is to put forward a comprehensive case to the DfT that a scheme here is viable.
You can see a summary of the consultation responses here – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/751849/summarising-responses-to-the-consultation-on-highways-englands-initial-report.pdf
You can also see further documents published today on the consultation here – https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/road-investment-strategy-post-2020
Tom Tugendhat MP
Cllr Bartosz Wlodarczyk
Bringing Cleaner Air to West Kent via Growth without Gridlock
HIGHWAYS ENGLAND Consultation into the Strategic Road Network commencing NOW. This is our Golden Opportunity to let Government know how important it is for West Kent to have full connectivity between the A21 & M26, and with the National Motorway Network in the vicinity of Junction 5 Sevenoaks. Take National Traffic and Air Pollution out of our villages
East facing sliproads on the M25 near Sevenoaks would bring:
- Economic Benefits: growth in North West Kent is inhibited by lack of connectivity to the Nation Motorway Network
- A25 Traffic. Using the M26 as an East-West trunk route would divert long distance traffic around East Sevenoaks, Seal, Borough Green and Platt
- Rural Traffic. Slips would allow traffic from Sussex and South West Kent to access Maidstone, Medway and the Channel ports without rat-running through rural Kent, relieving villages like Matfield, Paddock Wood, Wateringbury , Barming and West Malling.
- Air Quality. All the above would reduce traffic impact, and lower pollution in the existing Air Quality Management Areas like Sevenoaks, Borough Green, Wateringbury and the A20 corridor.
For more details and to take part in this campaign please visit this link: