|Location Map ( geo)|
|Medway Towns Bypass|
|To:||Brenley Corner (TR040599)|
|Distance:||25.5 miles (41 km)|
|Meets:||A2, A228, A229, A249, A2, A299|
|Route outline (key)|
The M2 is a motorway in the north of Kent. It forms a bypass of the Medway Towns.
- 1 Route
- 2 Opening Dates
- 3 History
- 4 The 7 Junctions
- 5 Services
- 6 Traffic Data
- 7 Links
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.
Main Article: M2 history
The M2 has changed from its opening in 1963. This is how the M2 looked upon opening. It is D2M with a single bridge.
The 7 Junctions
Park Pale Interchange
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
Main Article: Merrals Shaw Interchange
Main Article: Bluebell Interchange
The last of the junctions to be substantially rebuilt, the Bluebell interchange was upgraded while keeping the M2 and the A229 running at the same time. It is a double roundabout.
Main Article: Gillingham Interchange
Main Article: The Ridgeway
A fairly low-standard junction, its overbridge can be seen for miles around. This junction is used to get onto the A249 Sheppey Way. Also used for the M20. As of the early 2020s, it is currently being upgraded.
Perry Court Interchange
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 Whitstable and Herne Bay. A2 traffic has to turn off here and the main line of the road becomes the A299.
Main Article: Medway services
These services are roughly half way along the motorway. They are a traditional overbridge-style MSA.
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Motorway Services Online
This page was a candidate for Article of the Month August 2009