East Facing Sliproads - J5-Slips.Org


Why Sevenoaks needs East Facing Slips


Cllr Tim Shaw, TMBC and BGPC "We have campaigned for many years to get rid of the 14,000 vehicles per day of through traffic because of pollution and Highway Safety. We have lobbied through KALC, and now an Economic Benefits Study by Systra funded by KCC, TMBC and Local Parishes. The Systra Study was undoubtedly weak, but it did prove unequivocally that there is Cost Benefit to East Facing Slips now, and that will only increase as we see the growth from Local Plans, the new Thames Crossing, and other major development in North West Kent. We are extremely grateful to Nic Heslop for his efforts in ensuring KCC include East Facing Slips as worthy of Growth and Infrastructure Funding (GIF) in the new Local Transport Plan".

 Mission Statement    Campaign History   My submission to the Economic Study



Cllr Tim Shaw

Tim's Current Thoughts

TMBC Leader Nic Heslop has worked closely with KALC to obtain funding for the Economic Benefits Study, and with SELEP to get the scheme included in the Government's Route Review. At a recent TMBC Planning & Transportation Board meeting, Nic presented TMBC's response to KCC's Local Transport Plan consultation, and that response included strong support for East Facing Slips at Junction 5 M25


 Cllr Nic Heslop

  Leader TMBC

  Tom Tugendhat MP -  "In my first speech in Parliament I highlighted the misery of traffic in Borough Green and damage to business in the High Weald caused by the missing sliproads.  The case for slip roads at Junction 5 is overwhelming. The 18 miles between the M26 Junction 2A and the M25 Junction 6 is the longest distance between motorway exits in the Country.  But this isn't just about convenience. Villages near Borough Green are suffering unnecessary pollution while in the West, near Edenbridge, communities are harder to reach. That's why I am supporting the Kent Association of Local Councils. They're studying the benefits of building the Junction 5 slip road and will report shortly. Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council has taken a lead as usual, in making West Kent better connected". Extract Kent Messenger © 2015  [Read full article} 



 Tom Tugendhat MP

   AIR QUALITY is the single largest danger facing our communities. It should be more than just a tick box on planning applications. Unrestricted development, cheap credit, a global glut of cars, and falling fuel prices means Traffic Pollution and construction dust are an issue everywhere. [more]


     Dr Yasmin Vawda is a locally based expert in Air Pollution. "East Facing Slips at Junction 5  would decrease traffic flow and the number of HGVs on the A25, and speed up vehicles — by how much can only be determined by a traffic impact study. If the Slips were put in I would expect all the AQMAs along the A25 to disappear" [read more]


   Dr Yasmin Vawda

       Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council, has been a strong supporter of East Facing Slips, following on from his personal commitment to fund a new Planning Application for the A25 Borough Green and Platt Bypass. It became apparent that the Bypass could only be funded by an unacceptably high level of new housing in Metropolitan Geen Belt and Kent Downs AONB, so Mr Carter got his most senior Highways Officers to talk to KALC about taking the fledgling J5 Slips campaign and turning it into a real proposal for the next round of the Government's Route Strategy.

"Growth Without Gridlock" Draft Report  Draft Local Transport Plan



Paul Carter

Leader KCC



Kent Association of Local Councils What Tim started was a grass roots Parish Campaign. enlisting most Parishes from West Malling to Westerham. KALC then took on the mantle and used their influence and contacts to get it on the agenda at the highest levels at Tonbridge & Malling, Kent County Council, the National Assn of Local Councils, and DCLG, DfT and HE.  


 BOROUGH GREEN PARISH COUNCIL - submission via KALC to Economic Benefits Consultation




So whilst local campaigners have always concentrated on the environmental benefits to villages from  Malling to Westerham, south along the A21, and north as far as Swanley, the main campaign will now shift its focus from environmental issues to economic growth, an argument that aligns us with the Government’s own plans for recovery.


The National and International importance of full connectivity to the National Motorway Network and the European Gateway cannot be overstated : large swathes of West Kent, Surrey and Sussex are suffering a major trading disadvantage, and inward investment and trade are likewise hampered.


But the environmental case does have significance: the Air Quality issues along the whole A25 corridor will impact severely on the upcoming implementation of the new Local Plans in Tonbridge & Malling, and Sevenoaks. If these Borough Council plans for growth are limited, or worse, rejected by the Planning Inspectorate, that will decimate the possibility for economic recovery and future prosperity throughout the area.



 KCC PRESS RELEASE: Kent's determination to drive down the cost of dualling the A21, from £120 million to £70 million, was recognised by government today as Roads Minister Mike Penning announced his support for the scheme.. [more]

Kent Association of Local Councils AGM : Motion adopted to request National Committee to adopt J5 Slips as National Policy, and to enter into discussions with Government


David Cameron announced at the CBI conference today a £15 billion "roads revolution" to get England moving again. The Prime Minister told business leaders the funds will be used to tackle issues on more than 100 roads, creating hindreds of extra lane miles by 2020. Mr Cameron told them that at the heart of the autumn statement will be the "biggest, boldest and most far-reaching road improvement programme in four decades".

(Source - all media) 


"Businesses in West Kent say it is essential that dualling of the A21 between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells goes ahead as quickly as possible. Roads Minister Mike Penning has announced that public consultation on the dual carriageway which has been the subject of a 30 year campaign will begin shortly, although no money will be available until the next spending review in 2015."         


STOP PRESS...............

Borough Green to be declared an AQMA : T&MBC

MICHAEL FALLON MP under pressure to instigate a traffic survey. Malling Chronicle


VIDEO of a walk in Borough Green on YouTube [watch video]

We're on Facebook now, thanks to Jim, click the link to join the discussion


Jo has been valiantly trying to set up a Twitter account, but keeps getting blocked, but here is a temp link:  


M26 - LINK or FARCE??

click the roadsign and see what you think.