The initial section of the M2 (junctions 2 to 5) was opened by the then Transport Minister Ernest Marples, with the remainder being constructed in 1965


Wednesday 29th May 1963

The initial section of the M2 (junctions 2 to 5) was opened by the then Transport Minister Ernest Marples, with the remainder being constructed in 1965. It was opened in three stages: Junctions 1 to 2 in 1965, Junctions 2 to 5 in 1963 and Junctions 5 to 7 in 1965. It was planned to extend the M2 to London and Dover, making it the main route between London and the channel ports, but this extension never materialised due to a lack of traffic demand. Instead the A2 was dualled and improved from Brenley Corner to Dover. The M2 was originally to be designated as the A2(M), but as a result of the Daily Telegraph reporting it as the M2, the Ministry of Transport adopted this, and later decided upon the M20 designation for the main London-Channel Ports link.


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