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Busting the bottleneck

In high summer nearly 30,000 vehicles a day grind along the single carriageway A249 north of Iwade, heading to and from the Isle of Sheppey, on the south side of the Thames Estuary. Much of this is holiday traffic, but there is a sizeable proportion of HGVs, mostly servicing the busy port of Sheerness. South of Iwade the A249 is a modern dual carriageway link to the M2 and M20. The last few kilometres of overloaded, unimproved road represent a major bottleneck, one that threatens the ...

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