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Kent Elms Junction

On 21 November, work started on widening the Kent Elms junction of the A127. This project involves installing additional lanes on both inbound and outbound carriageways, replacing the footbridge and introducing attractive new landscaping. The work is scheduled to continue through the spring 2017.

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. A new surface-level pedestrian crossing will be introduced across the A127 to the east of the junction near Mendip Crescent and a new one in Rayleigh Road. These will be timed to coincide with the main traffic light sequence. The pedestrian crossing next to the Kent Elms surgery, which opened in December 2015, will be retained and slightly modified.

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.

The Council and Eurovia are working hard to keep disruption to motorists and neighbours to a minimum throughout these projects. There is a dedicated Public Liaison Officer, in place to keep residents, businesses and motorists advised of the works.

Current Works

Eurovia will be working at the junction island at the centre of Rayleigh Road and at the junction of Prince Avenue island & middle kerb on the Monday 15th May 2017 from 7pm - 11pm. This works involves digging, installing ducting and resurfacing. Therefore, during this time, there will be lane closure at junction of Rayleigh Road access to A127 and Bridgwater Drive.  

The works involves digging install ducting and resurface. Therefore, during this time, there will be lane closure (from double lane it will be a single lane) at junction of Rayleigh Road access to A127, Bridgewater Drive and Prince Avenue. Further, there will be road closure at junction of Prince Avenue turning into Rayleigh Road respectively. 

There will also no right turn into Rayleigh Road from A127 from 7pm -11pm.  There will be some disruption to bus services (25, 25A and X30) during these times as they will be unable to stop at Kent Elms Corner North and Brendon Way so these stops will be closed. The nearest bus stop available is Brooklands Avenue. All bus companies have been advised of the closure.

Summer school holidays

All lanes will be completed on the Southend-bound carriageway before the summer 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 Eurovia will also endeavour to keep off-peak (09.30 – 15.30) lane closures to a minimum.

New footbridge

We are currently asking companies to submit bids for the replacement of the footbridge over the A127 at Kent Elms. We anticipate that the bridge will be assembled offsite and swiftly constructed in modules in the autumn. 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.

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Kent Elms Junction Drawing - Westbound

Kent Elms Junction Drawing  - Eastbound

Kent Elms Junction Newsletter

Page last updated: 12/05/2017