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 will continue with the construction of the new London bound lane.  The new lane extends from the pedestrian crossing near Mendip Crescent to the bus stop passed Kent Elms junction.  London bound off peak lane closures will continue to be in place between 9:30 – 15:30. This will also have an impact on Bridgwater Drive as traffic management will be required to facilitate the installation of kerbs during off peak times.

Works to the layby opposite Elms Close has finished and has been returned to residents for parking.

Eurovia will continue to construct the footbridge foundations on the southern side and parking restrictions remain in place on Broomfield Avenue between 8am and 5pm. This is to reduce the risk of construction vehicles causing damage to parked cars when accessing the site along this narrow street.

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: 18/06/2018