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The Bell Junction

The Bell Junction Improvements

The A127 has undergone a number of improvements at strategic junctions starting with Progress Road and Cuckoo Corner in 2010/11, Tesco Roundabout in 2014/15, with Kent Elms nearing completion and The Bell to be complete prior to 2020/21. Those schemes that have been completed to date have improved the performance at each of the junctions and have contributed to an improved A127 corridor. The Bell scheme will also manage traffic better and contribute to improved air quality.

We are now focusing on improvements at The Bell Junction, £4.3m funding to support improvements at The Bell junction is from the Local Growth Fund via the South East Local Enterprise Partnership. The Council is also contributing £0.72m.


We consulted in the summer to seek your views on what should happen at The Bell Junction and how it can be developed to improve both the movement of vehicles through the junction and the experience of pedestrians crossing the junction. 

The feedback was carefully reviewed from the consultation to inform the design to be implemented. See some of the comments received at the stickyworld portal.

Coming Up

Advance notice of Phase 1 gas diversionary works

From 25 November Cadent (gas) will commence their diversionary works on Hobleythick Lane for The Bell Junction Improvement works. Cadent’s works require a 24 hour 3 week lane closure in the northbound direction on Hobleythick Lane, leaving one lane in operation for northbound traffic. Vehicles will still be able to turn left, right and straight ahead at the traffic lights. Southend traffic signal engineers will be reviewing the traffic signals to maximise the efficiency of the junction during these works.

Cadent have advised the lane closure requires to be in place for the contractors working room, safety of the workforce and pedestrian access. Access will be maintained to residents and businesses. 

Advance notice of UKPN electric diversion works on Hobleythick Lane

Commencing 23 November night until 25 November early hours, for The Bell Junction improvement Works.  UKPN require closure of Hobleythick Lane to lay new diverted electrical cables.  Undertaking the work for the full duration of Sunday the 24 November with the night before and night after included, is to otherwise save the need to close the carriageway over three separate nights.  UKPN will inform local residents, businesses and Key Stakeholders of the works. The Diversion route for this closure will be advance signed via Prittlewell Chase and the A127 Victoria Avenue to Cuckoo Corner Roundabout.

Our contractor underwent a series of digging trial holes in the footway and carriageway to help us confirm the location of underground gas pipes, cables and water mains, as these may have to be moved as we upgrade the junction. We have provided this information to utility companies. Cadent do require to divert their pipes and propose to commence shortly and will inform local residents and businesses.

If you have any queries, please email us or call 01702 215408.

Page last updated: 19/11/2019