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A249 approaching viaduct at M2 J5, southbound
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A249, Detling Hill, southbound
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M2 viaduct over Stockbury Valley
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Junction 5 of M2 Motorway
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M2 Viaduct, Stockbury
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M2 Viaduct, Stockbury
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M20 J7 southbound

En-route to the Channel Tunnel, May Bank Holiday 2005.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Dec 18, 2005 by csd
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Summer at Sheppey

In the depths of the cold dark Winter, a reminder of the warm bright Summer at Sheppey.

The new Sheppey Crossing and the old Kingsferry Bridge

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Dec 17, 2006 by Brenley Corner
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Primary roundabout sign

The workers have been busy removing the old primary signage from the A249, but this roundabout sign lingers on. It won't be long before it too bites the dust!

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jul 01, 2006 by Darren
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Nearly there

Apart from the fencing and cones, there's not much stopping the new section of A249 from being open. Indeed, just last week someone decided to be clever, dodged through the cones and discovered that the road isn't quite open yet!

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jul 01, 2006 by Darren
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Soon to be downgraded

This is the A249 heading westwards from the Isle of Sheppey. It's a primary road with over 26,000 vehicles a day using it and it shows! From the 5th July it'll revert to being an unclassified road, much like the now bypassed A249 towards Iwade on the mainland.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jul 01, 2006 by Darren
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Downgraded already?

This is still the (primary) A249 for a couple more days, but the new signs have already gone up.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jul 01, 2006 by Darren
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Kingsferry Bridge

Heading along the A249 onto the Isle of Sheppey just a couple of weeks before the new bridge opens.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 29, 2006 by Darren
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Kingsferry Interchange

It's not open yet, but the signs have gone up for the new dual carriageway onto the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. This ADS is *huge* - note the smaller Highways Agency sign for comparison!

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 29, 2006 by Darren
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Old and New

The current Kingsferry Bridge (left) and the Sheppey Crossing (right), viewed from the A249.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 29, 2006 by Darren
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A249

A view taken in May showing the start of the roadworks along the A249 on its approach to Sheppey. The new bridge can be seen taking shape in the background.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 16, 2005 by Darren
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Kingsferry Bridge

Riddled with concrete cancer and carrying three or four times as much traffic daily as it was designed to, the (lifting) Kingsferry Bridge will be superceded by the new Sheppey Crossing in just two days. The bridge will be retained for use by bicycles and others prohibited from using the new crossing - and it'll still carry the railway onto the Isle.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jul 01, 2006 by Darren
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Cowstead Corner roundabout sign

Taken from the current A249, the new dual-carriageway can be seen to the left, complete with advance warning sign for a roundabout. The new carriageways are built on top of the former A249, the road I was on to take the picture was built as part of the improvement works.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 29, 2006 by Darren
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A249 at Detling Hill

Early on a Sunday morning in February the A249 was closed due to snow on the road. This (southbound) view atop Detling Hill shows the start of the 50 zone, which continues down the hill and for a fair bit beyond, even though a new footbridge has been built.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 09, 2005 by Darren
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A249 Sheppey Crossing 1

The A249 'Sheppy Crossing' Bridge, opened 2006.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Feb 21, 2007 by Gareth Thomas
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A249 Sheppey Crossing 2

The A249 'Sheppy Crossing' Bridge, opened 2006.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Feb 21, 2007 by Gareth Thomas
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'No' sign

Installed towards the end of May 2006, this 'no' sign harks back to an earlier age!

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 29, 2006 by Darren
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Under the bridge

Passing under the Sheppey Crossing on the current A249, soon to be downgraded to an unclassified road.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 29, 2006 by Darren
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A249 - approach to Sheppey

A view of the new bridge supports along the A249 towards the current Kingsferry Bridge (taken in mid May)

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 16, 2005 by Darren
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A249 - new Swale crossing

Taken in mid May, this photo shows the new bridge taking shape on Sheppey.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 16, 2005 by Darren
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A249 at Detling Hill

A view northwards along the southbound carriageway by the Kent County Showground. Normally traffics slows as it approaches a downhill section filled with twists and turns, but this time the road was closed due to snow.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 09, 2005 by Darren
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A249 southbound near Bobbing

Originally posted on a weather forum, this shows the A249 southbound at the Bobbing grade-seperated junction. Although the northern part of the dual carriageway is now a mess thanks to the new bridge, this part is much as it was when it opened in the late 90s.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 09, 2005 by Darren
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A249 northbound

A view along the northbound carriageway of the A249 just past the Bobbing junction. The picture was taken on a Saturday afternoon - on weekdays traffic often backs up all the way to Sheppey (a few miles away).

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 09, 2005 by Darren
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M20 J7 as it was in 1961.
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M20 J7 as it was in 1971.
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A picture of the Sheppey Crossing taken shortly after opening in Summer 2006
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Coming off the Sheppey Bridge onto the Isle of Sheppey.
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This is how I would improve the M2 at Junction 5. It has free flow from the A249 NB to M2 (both ways) and from M2 WB to A249 SB. Theses are the main movements that would need free flow. The local road is moved north of the M2.
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Fantasy free-flow redesign of M2 Junction 5.
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Jade's Crossing, A249, Detling A plaque beside this bridge reads: 'Welcome to Jade's Crossing. This footbridge is the result of a twenty year campaign by the People of Detling. It was constructed following the deaths of Jade Hobbs and her Grandmother Margaret Kuwertz who were both killed crossing this road on Saturday 16th December 2000. This brought the number of pedestrians killed at this crossing to four. The A249 is now a strategic dual carriageway linking two motorways. Built in 1962 it cut the village of Detling in two. No provision was then made for a proper pedestrian crossing at this focal point of the Pilgrims Way and the North Downs Way footpath. Funds for this footbridge were raised from public subscription, by Maidstone Borough Council and Kent County Council. In making a donation and using this safe crossing you will be helping the Jade fund maintain its work in helping to make our roads safer for all. This crossing is dedicated to those pedestrians who have died crossing the A249 here at Detling. Jade Hobbs, aged 8 years, 16th December 2000 - Margaret Kuwertz aged 79 years 16th December 2000 - Souraya Hutchinson, aged 74 years, 16th December 1986 - Fred Mall, aged 74 years, 23rd December 1974. Rest In Peace.'

 

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