As part of Transport for London (TfL)'s work to maintain and modernise London's major roads, essential work to the A406 Southend Road in north east London will take place from 25 July until mid-October.
The existing carriageway surface of the A406 Southend Road between Waterworks Roundabout and Charlie Browns Roundabout requires essential maintenance work to resurface the carriageway and improve the concrete road base. This work will ensure the road can continue to serve the area for years to come and will provide a better road surface, helping to reduce noise and the need for frequent maintenance in the future.
Drivers will be affected by a number of different closures between Waterworks and Charlie Brown's roundabouts at certain times between 25 July and 19 October 2014. Throughout the work road closures will not be in place on Sundays.
From Friday 25 July to 18 September, work will take place on the eastbound carriageway, with closures of the A406 on Friday and Saturday nights (between 22:00 - 08:00) and lane restrictions, including slip lane closures, on Saturday daytime and Monday and Tuesday nights.
From Friday 19 September until mid-October work will take place on the westbound carriageway, with closures of the A406 on Friday and Saturday nights (between 22:00 - 08:00) and lane restrictions including slip lane closures on Saturday daytime and Monday and Tuesday nights.
Drivers are advised to regularly check online at tfl.gov.uk/driving to check whether their journey will be affected by these works, to allow extra time for their journeys and, where possible, to change their routes to avoid any disruption.
However, there will be no work taking place on 9 and 10 August (the weekend of Prudential RideLondon) or across the August Bank Holiday weekend to help minimise disruption. The work has been coordinated to minimise disruption and avoid clashes with the ongoing work currently taking place at the nearby Fore Street Tunnel. TfL will be carrying out as much work as it can at night to ensure it can be completed as quickly and with as little disruption as possible.
The essential refurbishment work has been phased and coordinated to start during the summer when traffic levels are significantly lower, helping to reduce the impact on road users.
Bus route 123, which runs along the A406 Southend Road, will also be diverted from the start of the work until the end of service on certain nights. Information will be readily available at local bus stops and on tfl.gov.uk/journeyplanner.
To help local residents and businesses prepare, TfL has worked with key partners, including the local boroughs, and has written to local residents, businesses, local transport groups and other stakeholders. Variable messaging signs will be placed on the roadside advising drivers of the closures and information is being shared with affected residents and other road users in a variety of ways - including emails, TfL's website and real-time updates through the @tfltrafficnews Twitter feed.
Garrett Emmerson, Chief Operating Officer for Surface Transport at TfL, said: "While there is obviously no perfect time to close an essential road for maintenance, this vital work will ensure that the road can remain in a good condition for years to come. Once completed, it will reduce the need for future work, while ensuring traffic can continue to flow on a quieter, smoother carriageway."
To find out more about how TfL is working to improve the capital's roads, please visit tfl.gov.uk/driving