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A2 Dover Access Scheme - CONSULTATION

BIFA members are invited to submit responses to the National Highways Agency consultation regarding their ongoing development of the A2 Dover Access scheme.

Dear Member

BIFA has been contacted by the National Highways Agency regarding their ongoing development of the A2 Dover Access scheme.

Over the past few months, the Agency has been meeting with a number of stakeholders to gather evidence to build the scheme business case. This is part of a planned programme of engagement which precedes the recent operational issues around Dover.

This piece of work must be completed before options can be presented by to the public, meaning the options consultation will not launch in ‘mid-2022’ as previously communicated. Further analysis has already started and details about the timing of consultation will be confirmed at a later date.

The A2 Dover Access scheme forms part of the Road Investment Strategy 3 (RIS3) pipeline of future development schemes. At this stage, the Highways Agency are currently examining early options to dual a section of the route between Dover and Lydden. If this scheme is progressed, it will improve safety, accommodate future traffic growth and provide more reliable day-to-day journeys along the A2, including access to the Port of Dover and for local road users.

All the schemes in the RIS3 Pipeline remain uncommitted, with no guarantee they will be taken forward into construction. At the moment it is not known which schemes are committed until the Road Investment Strategy 3 (RIS3): 2025-2030 is published. You can find out more on the dedicated webpage – Pipeline of possible future schemes.

The Highways Agency want to hear from you

To help inform their strategic business case, they are seeking input from stakeholders to better understand the impact of the existing route on freight businesses. They want to know:

  • How are freight businesses impacted by the existing section of the route?
  • Which freight businesses are impacted the most and why?
  • How would future upgrade works benefit freight movements?
  • How are businesses impacted and what evidence is available?

If you have any information in response to the above questions, please email A2Dover@nationalhighways.co.uk and a member of the team will get in touch. 

Join the A2 Freight Business Forum – Friday 12 August

To further progress our understanding of the impact of the existing route on freight businesses, we would like to invite you to join a Freight Business Forum on Friday 12 August at 2.00pm. This meeting will be held on MS Teams.

If you are interested in attending, please reply to the following  e-mail address A2Dover@nationalhighways.co.uk no later than Friday 5 August and we will send you a Teams link.

For any questions, please email A2Dover@nationalhighways.co.uk or call our customer contact line at 0300 123 5000.

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