The bridge is at the end of its useful life and is beyond simple repair. Not replacing the bridge would mean restricting the weight of vehicles and closing lanes to carry out maintenance, causing disruption in the future.

We are replacing it with a new bridge with wider carriageways, footways and verges, and taller parapets to protect cyclists and pedestrians.


  • We will fully replace the existing bridge. The new structure will have an expected lifespan of 120 years
  • We have moved gas, electricity, water and telecommunication pipes and cables to a separate service bridge - this will help avoid the need for road closures when utility works are needed in the future
  • There will be wider lanes, wider footways and upgraded barriers to separate vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists - this will make this section of the A127 safer for all users

Current works

We have now installed the London-bound section (the western section) of bridge and have begun rebuilding the road so that all four lanes will be open to traffic in spring 2019.

Next steps

Work to build the new London-bound road continues. This includes completing construction of drainage, lighting, the footway and the carriageway. 

We are still working with Network Rail to identify future rail closures as we plan and complete the demolition of the old bridge piers at railway track level.

We are still on track to open all four lanes of traffic in spring 2019.

Demolishing the old bridge

The western side of the old bridge was demolished in spring 2018, the eastern side in spring 2017.

Traffic changes until spring 2019

The London-bound carriageway is closed completely and a temporary contraflow - a single lane of traffic in each direction - is in place on the Essex-bound carriageway. There will still be access to all side roads off the A127 at all times.

Circumstances beyond our control mean that demolition works scheduled to take place between 23 and 27 December 2018 will now not take place.

This mean that A127 road closures over Christmas are no longer needed.

How your travel might be affected


At all times during the works we will ensure there is a safe route for pedestrians to cross the railway, on both sides of the bridge, and access for local residents.

Minimising noise and disruption

Work will take place in the area on weekdays and on some weekends 08:00-18:00 - as agreed with the London Borough of Havering. Some works will also take place at night to coincide with the planned railway closures.

We will always do as many of the noisiest works as possible in the daytime shifts.

During the works we are using a range of measures to reduce noise, vibration and disruption, including:

  • Noise-reducing acoustic barriers where appropriate
  • Compressors and generators fitted with acoustic covers to reduce noise
  • Vehicles, plant and equipment fitted with exhaust silencers
  • Dust levels monitored on a daily basis
  • Water sprays used to reduce airborne dust
  • Taking steps to ensure lights do not shine into people's homes
  • Plasma cutters to reduce noise from metal cutting

We will also have recycling skips on site to ensure we recycle everything we can.

Our partners

We are working closely with Network Rail to minimise disruption and ensure the works proceed as safely, efficiently and quickly as possible.

We are delivering this project in partnership with Hochtief (UK) Construction.