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Park Pale Interchange

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Park Pale Interchange
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A2/M2 split
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Park Pale, Kent
Highway Authority
National Highways
Junction Type
Trumpet-Fork hybrid
Roads Joined
M2, A2, A289
Junctions related to the A289

The Park Pale Interchange, also known as Three Crutches Interchange, is junction 1 of the M2. It was initially built as a simple fork along with the rest of the M2 in 1963, and in 1968 it became infamous when the A2 west of this junction was upgraded to D3M while the M2 was left as D2M. In 1999, the A289 was built to act as a northern by-pass of the core Medway Towns. In order to accommodate this, the junction had a trumpet built near to the original fork junction. These works moved the Londonbound A2 on a new alignment while the coastbound A2 slip was made into two lanes. As soon as those works were finished in 2004, the M2 itself was finally widened to D3M/D4M to the Gillingham interchange. This meant the original overbridge from the old fork was replaced with a D4M version of the bridge and thus the modern junction was complete.

Early design for the A289 bypass scheme

Initial plans for the junction with the A289 were made in 1986 which would have seen the junction become a dumbbell. This would have concentrated all turning movements at the northern of the two roundabouts. By 1992 the design had changed to the far superior layout that was built in 1999.


Route To Notes


Canterbury, Channel Tunnel, Dover, W. Malling (A228)


(M25), London, Dartford Crossing


Rochester, Strood


Gillingham, Grain (A228)


Dover, Canterbury Provisional number for M2


The NORTH, Stansted Airport (M25, M11), Tilbury (A13) earlier route for Lower Thames Crossing option C


Thames Gateway Airport, Thamesport Access Road to proposed Thames Gateway Airport

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Park Pale Interchange
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Junctions on the M2 and related routes
M2Park Pale • 2 Merrals Shaw • 3 Bluebell • 4 Gillingham • 5 The Ridgeway • 5A Junction 5A • 6 Perry Court • 7 Brenley Corner
A249M20 Junction 7 • Stockbury Roundabout • Key Street Junction • Bobbing Junction • Grovehurst Road Junction • Kingsferry Junction • Cowstead Roundabout • Neatscourt Roundabout • Queenborough Junction • Whiteway Roundabout
A289 / A278Park Pale • Gad's Hill • Four Elms Roundabout • Sans Pareil Roundabout • Upnor Roundabout • Chatham Maritime • Gillingham Gate • The Strand Roundabout • Grange Roundabout • Cornwallis Roundabout • Will Adams Roundabout • Bowater Roundabout • Gillingham
A299Brenley Corner • Clapham Hill • Eddington • St Nicholas at Wade • Monkton Roundabout • Minster Roundabout • Cliffsend Roundabout • Sevenscore Roundabout • Lord of the Manor
Junctions on the A2
Borough • Bricklayers Arms • Canal Bridge • New Cross Gate • New Cross • Sun in the Sands • Kidbrooke • Falconwood • Danson • Black Prince • Dartford Heath • Darenth • Bean • Ebbsfleet • Pepperhill • Tollgate • Marling Cross • Thong • Cobham • Park Pale • Will Adams Roundabout • Bowater Roundabout • Key Street Junction • Brenley Corner • Boughton • Dunkirk • Harbledown • Wincheap • New Dover Road • Barham • Lydden Hill Junction • Whitfield Roundabout • Honeywood • Guston Roundabout • Eastern Docks Roundabout

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