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M2
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Medway Towns Bypass
From:Strood (TQ699695)
To:Brenley Corner (TR040599)
Length:25.5 miles (41 km)
Former Number(s):A2(M)
Highway Authorities

Highways Agency (Area 4)

Traditional Counties

Kent

Route outline (key)
M2 Strood - Brenley Corner
Junction List
Junc Eastbound Westbound
1 Start of Motorway A2, A289
2 A228 A228
3 A229 A229
4 A278 A278
Services symbol.gif Medway services
(formerly Farthing Corner)
5 A249 A249
5A B2005 B2005
6 A251 A251
7 A2, A299 Start of Motorway
This article is about the motorway in Great Britain.
For the motorway in Northern Ireland, see M2 (Northern Ireland)
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For the motorway in the Republic of Ireland, see M2 (Republic of Ireland).
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For detailed information about this topic, see CBRD Motorway Database

The M2 is a motorway found in the north of Kent. It forms a by-pass of the Medway Towns.

Contents

Route

This is the Medway Viaducts seen from the Merrals Shaw Interchange.

Main Article: M2 route

The M2 is the shortest of all the single digit motorways. It main role is to act as the Medway Towns Bypass. Originally allocated the number A2(M), it gained the M2 number from a newspaper report. The road opened in 1963.

Opening Dates

For detailed information about this section, see CBRD Motorway Database: M2 Timeline

History

This is the original Medway Bridge just after opening in 1963.

Main Article: M2 history

The M2 has changed from its opening in 1963. This is how the M2 looked upon opening.

The 7 Junctions

Park Pale Interchange

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Main Article: Park Pale Interchange

The first junction before the upgrade was infamous for the point where the Motorway was a lower standard than the A-road, in this case the A2. These days, the junction is a trumpet-fork hybrid.

Merrals Shaw Interchange

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Main Article: Merrals Shaw Interchange

The second of the junctions to be rebuilt, this one (for the A228) was turned from a parclo to a dumbbell hybrid interchange. It was also rebuilt to commutate HS1.

Bluebell Interchange

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Main Article: Bluebell Interchange

The last of the junctions to be majority rebuilt, the Bluebell interchange is the biggest junction to rebuild due to keeping the M2 & the A229 Running at the same time. It is a double roundabout.

Gillingham Interchange

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Main Article: Gillingham Interchange

This junction is the point the M2 becomes D2M. It junction 4 and it the A278 for Gillingham and is a standard roundabout.

The Ridgeway

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Main Article: The Ridgeway
A fairly low standard junction, this junction's overbridge can be seen for miles around. This junction is used to get on to the A249 Sheppey Way. Also used for the M20

Perry Court Interchange

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Main Article: Perry Court Interchange
The penultimate junction of the M2 is the lowest standard on the whole Motorway. It is a S2 Parlo interchange for the A251

Brenley Corner

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Main Article: Brenley Corner Interchange

Brenley Corner is the last junction of the M2. It pre dates the M2 as it was the main junction for Whitsable and Herne Bay. As A2 traffic has to turn off here, the straght line become the A299.

Services

Medway Services

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Main Article: Medway services

These services are found roughly half way on the Motorway. It is a traditional over-bridge style MSA.

Links

CBRD

Motorway Archive

Motorway Services Online

Roads UK

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M2
JunctionsBluebell Interchange • Brenley Corner Interchange • Gillingham Interchange • M2 J5A • Merrals Shaw Interchange • Park Pale Interchange • Perry Court Interchange • The Ridgeway
ServicesMedway services
CrossingsMedway Viaducts
MiscellaneousM2 history • M2 route
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