Work to start on foundations for new Kent Elms footbridge

Published Tuesday, 23rd January 2018

Artist impression of Kent Elms New Footbridge

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Contractor, Eurovia, has started preparing for the construction of foundations for a new footbridge over the A127 at Kent Elms.

This involves modifying the drainage network on the northern side of the junction outside the Kent Elms Medical Centre.

Today (23 January) they will remove six trees on the southern side of the junction to create room for the ramps to the new footbridge, a site compound and allow for the foundations to be dug. Later in the year, 22 trees will be planted as close to the original positions as possible and adjacent locations to compensate for the loss of these trees.

From 29 January, workers will then start digging the foundations for the new footbridge on both the northern and southern sides of the junction. This work is scheduled to take 11 weeks.

During this period, traffic management will be in place on the eastbound carriageway Lane 1, leaving two lanes open for traffic. On the southern side of the junction there will be no traffic management on the carriageway that will impose any restriction, so two lanes will be open at all times.

While this work takes place, utility companies are due to finish moving underground pipes and cables, which will allow Eurovia to construct the additional lane heading out of town, from the beginning of March until June.

The bridge itself is currently being constructed offsite by NuSteel and will be erected under successive overnight road closures in May. This is a similar arrangement to how the former footbridge was removed, which kept disruption to traffic to a minimum.

Cllr Tony Cox, Executive Councillor for Transport, Waste and Regulatory Services, said: “Once complete, the new junction will allow traffic to flow more freely at the junction.

“Pedestrian safety will have also been greatly improved, with new toucan crossings installed at the east, north and west sides of the junction and a pedestrian island installed south of the junction.

“Unlike the old footbridge, the new footbridge will have ramps, allowing wheelchair and mobility scooters a safe way across the A127.”

To keep up to date with work at Kent Elms, please visit the Better Southend website, email the Better Southend Team or call 01702 215408.