Council to bid for £44m to improve A127
Published Thursday, 20th March 2014
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s cabinet has approved plans to submit a joint bid with Essex County Council that could bring in millions of pounds of investment for the A127 (Cabinet, 18th March).
Essex County Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council have worked on a joint strategy called “A127 – Corridor for Growth” that will be used to make the case to Government for funding to improve this key route that links south Essex with the M25, A13 and A130.
It is estimated that £76m would be needed to fund the whole range of improvements included in the strategy, but a bid of £44.24m is to be made to the local enterprise partnership to fund key priorities to be delivered in the next six years. Two of these are within the borough; Kent Elms Corner junction and the Bell junction.
Plans for Kent Elms and the Bell junctions would include the creation of additional lanes to accommodate greater queue lengths.
Cllr Tony Cox, executive councillor for public protection, waste and transport, says: “The A127 is a vital route for the economic prosperity of not only Southend, but south Essex and the entire county. However, it is ageing and further major improvements need to be made to ensure the future growth and prosperity of the region.
“It is well known that the A127 suffers from congestion and carries a significant amount of traffic. There are capacity issues and these must be addressed to ensure the housing and economic growth along the corridor running from Basildon into Southend. This work would complement already completed schemes such as Progress Road and Cuckoo Corner which have been a great success, and the upcoming work to take place at the Nestuda Way junction.
“I am delighted that we have been able to work in partnership with Essex County Council to put together this essential strategy that we will use to make a strong case for these vital improvements."
Once Essex County Council has approved the strategy, it will be submitted as a supporting document to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) at the end of March. SELEP are making the case for investment in transport as part of the single local growth fund bid of Government.