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

We have nearly finished building the new lane on the A127 London-bound and now need to complete the traffic signal installation. 

The final section of the London-bound carriageway will be completed overnight on Friday 7 September. This involves an overnight road-closure of the London bound carriageway from Bridgwater Drive and the overnight road closure of Bridgwater Drive at the junction with the A127. The closure will be in place from 7:30pm until 6am the following morning. 

From 6am on Saturday morning, the traffic signal contractor will complete re-cabling the junction and installing the traffic signals. To undertake these works, temporary traffic signals will be in operation. Due to the safety of the workforce, the right hand turn movements from the A127 will be banned. This means that A127 Southend-bound vehicles will not be able to enter Bridgwater Drive and A127 London bound vehicles will not be able to enter Rayleigh Road. It is anticipated these works will be completed by 6pm on Sunday evening, subject to weather conditions. 

From 6pm on Sunday evening, the new London-bound lane will be in operation providing three lanes to traffic. Traffic signals will be fully in operation and will be monitored over the coming weeks. In early October, the traffic signals will be validated to work efficiently. 

Access to properties and businesses will be maintained. “Businesses open as usual” signs will be displayed. 

Works to the water main diversion and footbridge foundations will continue outside Kent Elms Health Centre.

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: 07/09/2018