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.  A new informal crossing has also been added on Bridgwater Drive. 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

The foundations for the footbridge have commenced outside Kent Elms Health Centre with concrete pours planned this week. Whilst the works are being undertaken the carriageway on the Southend bound lane 1 will remain closed for safety reasons.

From 7January the Contractor will recommence with the installation of the bollards on the Southend bound verge, the works are expected to last no longer than a week and the traffic management will be restricted to off peak working (09:30 – 15:30).

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 the 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: 03/01/2019