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Route of the M26

The M26 has been called a "glorified sliproad" by some, since all it does is cut the corner for traffic going between the M25 southern section and M20. It does, however, have its own little exit, numbered 2A to fit in with the M20's junction numbering.

The longest distance between motorway exit points in Britain is found (partly) on the M26. Travelling west, after junction 2A, there are signs warning traffic that there is no exit for 18 miles. There is a junction and a service area in this distance, but at neither have you any option but to continue forwards onto the M25. The next exit is M25 J6.

Kent County Council is lobbying the Highways Agency for the installation of a new junction with the A225 to improve access to Sevenoaks, which presently has astoundingly bad access to the motorway network despite being pushed up against the M25 and M26. The alternative option is a set of new sliproads at M25 J5 to allow traffic to travel between the M26 and A21.

Factfile

Start Chevening (M25)
Finish Wrotham (M20)
Passes Sevenoaks
Length 10 miles
Terminates None
Spurs None
Meets None

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Construction Timeline

When the various parts of the M26 were built, listed in chronological order.

Open Jct Section
Sep1980 Entire motorway

Exit List

All the junctions and destinations along the route.

NB. The M26 has only one junction of its own, numbered 2A to line up with the M20's junction numbers.

Junction   Westbound               Eastbound
(M25 J5) Croydon
Gatwick Airport (M23 Link)
Heathrow Airport (M4 Link)
M25 Link

(A21)
WEST
M25
Chevening Interchange (Non-standard interchange)

M25
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8 miles, 2 lanes Up   Down 8 miles, 2 lanes
2A Borough Green
Sevenoaks
A20 (A25)
A20
(A25)
Nepicar Roundabout (Roundabout Interchange)Nepicar Roundabout (Roundabout Interchange) A20 Sevenoaks
Borough Green
A20 (A25)
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1 mile, 2 lanes Up   Down 1 mile, 2 lanes
(M20 J3) N/A M20

(Fork)
EAST
M20

Maidstone
Channel Tunnel
Dover
M20 Link
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With thanks to Chris McKenna and Stephan for information in this section.