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   Junction 3 M2 nightmares    January 26, 2018

Helen Whately MP has received a response from Jesse Norman MP and a copy of the correspondence can be found below.


The parish council will be monitoring the situation to ensure that it doesn't get 'lost'.



Boxley Parish Council has supplied Helen Whately MP and her fellow MPs (Tracey Crouch, Helen Grant and Tom Tugendhat), and Paul Carter, with details of the current and future traffic issues facing residents in the North ward which covers Walderslade and Lords Wood. 

Chairman Bob Hinder met with Helen Whately and supplied a report outlining the massive problems caused by congestion at the junction, the problems of reoccurring accidents at the two roundabouts and the A229 which adds to the misery of local people.  Cllr Bob Hinder said "the Parish Council has been pointing out the traffic problems for years, regularly highlighting the fact that the two roundabouts, Lord Lees and Taddington Wood can't cope and with the possibility of the Lower Thames Crossing adding to the traffic the chaos and congestion will increase." Earlier this year KCC conceded that the roundabouts at junction 3 were already operating beyond design capacity but so far KCC has not allocated funding for improvements.  With additional houses being built in the parish and large scale development in Medway just on the parish boundary, councillors know that there will be a huge increase in traffic. Cllr Hinder says "we don't care what Highways England or anyone says about where the additional traffic from the Lower Thames Crossing will go we know drivers will go the shortest route between the M2 and M20 and that is the A229 at junction 3, we know this because it happens already".  


Helen Whately MP has responded to the parish council detailing the action she has taken.


Any resident wishing to support the parish council's attempt to get the highway infrastructure improved can contact Helen Whately MP and Paul Carter Leader of KCC and the Ward County Councillor, a copy of any correspondence sent would be appreciated by the parish council. Residents will be kept updated via the website, Community e-mail alert system (to join contact the parish office) and the Downs Mail Boxley page.

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