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Re: M2 Medway By-Pass 1963
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Re: M2 Medway By-Pass 1963
« Reply #39 on: January 22, 2017, 16:51:45 »
M2 motorway construction and Medway bridge, cinefilm.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgrmbLPy4vw

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Re: M2 Medway By-Pass 1963
« Reply #38 on: April 23, 2016, 19:20:04 »
Thanks for the link, I do like big boys toys` and not a high vis jacket or hard hat in sight.....sighs....... those were the days :)
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Re: M2 Medway By-Pass 1963
« Reply #37 on: April 23, 2016, 14:12:33 »
Some film footage of the M2 and Medway Bridge under construction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgrmbLPy4vw

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Re: M2 Medway By-Pass 1963
« Reply #36 on: October 18, 2014, 12:39:27 »
I was on a study tour, by coach, that traversed the bridge and down almost to Stockbury in April 1963 before actual opening. The severe weather early in that year had delayed a lot of the construction work and they were pushing hard to get the first section opened about six weeks behind schedule. Tend to agree it was late that summer, possibly September, when Stockbury-Faversham opened as I recall using it around then. Coming back on a clear, full moonlit, night it was possible to run on just sidelights given the brightness of the new concrete. The whole section of A2 up as far as Dartford remained a right (contra-flow) mess until at least `65/66.

Not long after opening of the M2 there was a serious accident when a drunk was reported driving down the wrong carriageway. Realising his error he had turned across the central reservation and headed back on the opposite carriageway, meeting head on a police car that had been sent to look for him and wiping out himself and two policemen. The fact he had consumed an almost lethal amount of alcohol led to the incident being cited in the run up to the breathalyser law (1967) and eventually central barriers.


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Re: M2 Medway By-Pass 1963
« Reply #35 on: October 18, 2014, 09:41:26 »
I'm certain it was actually in use about early '62-'63 as I was 18-19 when I saw the first accident causing death on the M2 below Fort Bridgewood and had to appear as I said earlier, at the Quarter Sessions in Maidstone at the drivers trial.
It may well have been officially opened by the Transport Minister at a later date as being in actual use often came before the actual opening.
I also remember in about those same years walking up the Esplanade to BK for work and seeing the body hanging below the bridge when a dentist (I think) who'd shot his wife chucked himself off on a long rope.....in full view of those who lived in the Borstal estate below the bridge. :-(
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Re: M2 Medway By-Pass 1963
« Reply #34 on: October 17, 2014, 22:00:24 »
Some old cine film of the M2 here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-0x8lxRk9c

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Re: M2 Medway By-Pass 1963
« Reply #33 on: May 07, 2013, 23:27:47 »
I've seen that, what I'm trying to find out is the exact date. I believe the first bit was 29/5/63 but I can't find exact dates for the other two sections...

John I don't know the precise dates, but you may be able to further your research with these extracts from the Chatham News index:

M2 Bypass,

tenders invited, 3 Feb 61-9 17 Mar 61-1/6;

Gillingham Link Road, 19 May 61-9; 9 June 61-1;

contracts, 16 June 61-7;

work starts, 14 July 61-9; 28 July 61-1; 4 Aug 61-7; 1 Sep 61-1; 8 Dec 61-20; 19 Jan 62-12; 23 Mar 62-1; 3 Aug 62-9; 10 Aug 62-13; 16 November 62-7; 23 Nov 62-18; 14 Dec 62-1; 8 Mar 63-1;

opening, 31 May 63-1 and attached Souvenir Supplement; 7 June 63-18;

further section opened, 26 July 63-17;

last section opened, 6 Sep 63-1/24; 13 Dec 63-1;

work to start on Gillinghan link road, 17 Apr. 64-1, and map-guide, 24 Apr 64-11; 15 May 64-24; 7 Aug 64-1; 18 Sep 64-8/28; 4 Dec 64-28; 1 Jan 65-12; 26 Mar 65-15;

A.A. plaque, 11 June 65-24; 2 July 65-24; 9 July 65-15; 10 Sep 65-26;

Farthing Corner service area, 11 Aug 61-11; 16 Feb 62-19; 9 Nov 62-1; 21 June 63-1; 15 Nov 63-1; 3 July 64-1

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Re: M2 Medway By-Pass 1963
« Reply #32 on: May 07, 2013, 21:40:44 »
I've seen that, what I'm trying to find out is the exact date. I believe the first bit was 29/5/63 but I can't find exact dates for the other two sections...

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Re: M2 Medway By-Pass 1963
« Reply #31 on: May 07, 2013, 21:13:25 »
Have a look at
http://www.cbrd.co.uk/motorway/m2/timeline
where it says:

1963 J2-5   Medway Bridge → Stockbury
1965 J1-2   Three Crutches → Medway Bridge
1965 J5-7   Stockbury → Faversham

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Re: M2 Medway By-Pass 1963
« Reply #30 on: May 07, 2013, 20:05:50 »
I'm sorry to reopen this old thread, but I've been trying to find out when the M2 was opened. As far as I can work out, the first bit from the Medway Bridge , junction 2 to junction 5 Stockbury opened on 29/5/1963. Junction 1 to 2 apparently opened sometime in 1965 but I don't seem able to get an actual date, and I'd also like to find out when junction 5 to Brenley Corner opened. I believe it was also 1965' but I don know if it was the same date as J1 to J2 or not....

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Re: M2 Medway By-Pass 1963
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Re: M2 Medway By-Pass 1963
« Reply #28 on: July 11, 2011, 04:48:10 »
At some point in the mid 60s I recall a Police Humber estate having a 'head-on' on the M2 with a driver heading the along the wrong carriageway. If my memory serves me correct, both officers lost their lives, but I can find no record of this. Anyone??


My Dad remembers this happening. He thinks it was 1966. The officers were from Canterbury Traffic Garage and responded to a call to a vehicle travelling London bound on the Coastbound carriageway as they were already on the London bound carriageway. The police received three calls giving the location as London bound on the eastbound carriageway. Then there was a further call stating that the they were in fact coast bound on the London bound carriageway, the same stretch of road the traffic car was on. The emergency operators at HQ tried calling back the last caller on the SOS box to confirm the location he had given as it differed to what had been supplied before, confirmed it with the caller, and then tried to call back the traffic car on the radio but could get no reply. The police car (which was a Humber Super Snipe) had collided with the car being driven on the wrong carriageway (which was a Triumph Herald) under what is now junction 4. Apparently there are still marks on the western bridge at junction 4 where debris hit it about 3/4 of the way up the bridge support...


The date was the 5th of July 1965.PC Robert Archibald Beattie and PC Robert Alfred John Knight were the officers who were killed when thier patrol car was hit head on.

On a side note they would not have tried to stop the car by having a head on accident.


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Re: M2 Medway By-Pass 1963
« Reply #27 on: June 25, 2011, 16:28:33 »
It appears to take a time for people to start using the motorways rather than their regular routes.   When this first opened we used to race our motorbikes along the Borstal stretch trying for a ton.  Laughable now, makes it sound stupid :)
Although not in Kent but when the M11 opened there was no other traffic on it when I was coming back to the Medway towns I thought I had got it wrong and I had visions of just disappearing at the end.
Regarding that map that says Green Street.   That hardly gets a mention now.   Everyone says Teynham.

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Re: M2 Medway By-Pass 1963
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