As part of our programme to improve London's roads and public spaces, we have replaced the Ardleigh Green Bridge which carries the A127 Southend arterial road over the National Rail and TfL Rail lines. All 4 lanes of the A127 opened on 30 March 2019 - the rest of the works are due to finish by summer 2019.
The bridge was at the end of its useful life and beyond simple repair. Not replacing the bridge would have meant restricting the weight of vehicles and closing lanes to carry out maintenance, causing disruption in the future.
The new bridge has wider carriageways, footways and verges, and taller parapets to protect cyclists and pedestrians.
The new bridge has 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 are wider traffic lanes, wider footways and upgraded barriers to separate vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists - this will make this section of the A127 safer for all users
We are closing lanes during off-peak periods to finish works in the central reservation.
We will remove our site compound and offices by June 2019.
Traffic changes until spring 2019
All four lanes of traffic opened on 30 March 2019. Some off peak lane closures will be needed to finish off works in the central reservation and remove our offices from site.
Demolishing the old bridge
The western side of the old bridge was demolished in spring 2018, the eastern side in spring 2017.
We are working closely with Network Rail to minimise disruption and ensure the works proceed as safely, efficiently and quickly as possible.