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

Our Contractor, Eurovia, is on site preparing for the construction of the footbridge foundations. This involves modifying the drainage network on the northern side of the junction outside the Kent Elms Health Centre.  On the southern side a site compound has been constructed and excavations for the foundations has commenced.

Parking restrictions are in operation  on Broomfield Avenuei to reduce the risk of construction vehicles causing damage to parked cars when accessing the site along this narrow street.

Works to complete the westbound new lane will be commencing shortly. There are no planned lane closures on both east-bound and west-bound carriageways next week.

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: 13/03/2018