Kent Elms Junction

The £6.5m project aims to improve the traffic flow across this key junction into and out of the town and make it easier for people with reduced mobility and those with pushchairs to cross the highway. New surface-level pedestrian crossings were introduced across the A127 one to the west of the junction, one to east of the junction near Mendip Crescent and also a new one in Rayleigh Road. These will be timed to coincide with the main traffic light sequence. The additional Southend bound new lane is completed and working well.

The majority of the funding for the Kent Elms junction improvement (£5.1m) is the Local Growth Fund, with the remainder coming from the Council’s Capital budget.

Current Works

The completed Southend bound carriageway providing three lanes inbound and new pedestrian crossings are being monitored. 

Accommodation works at Tops Fireplaces will be completed shortly.

Openreach are undertaking utility diversions in the south verge and once they are complete Eurovia will commence work on the new London bound lane. Some off-peak daytime London bound lane closures may still be necessary whilst work continues to be undertaken by the utility companies.

School holidays

Some off-peak lane closures may still be necessary at times but a minimum of two lanes on the Southend-bound carriageway will be kept open throughout the day. On the London-bound carriageway, there will be no peak lane closures and will endeavour to keep off-peak (09:30 to 15:30) lane closures to a minimum.

New footbridge

We anticipate that the new footbridge will be assembled offsite and swiftly constructed in modules. This will keep the number and duration of lane closures to a minimum at this point. We have made a commitment to keeping school crossing patrols in place during term times until a new footbridge is in place.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these works and thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Page last updated: 29/11/2017