A127 Ardleigh Green Bridge

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, resulting in considerable disruption in the long term.

We are investing around £32m to rebuild the Ardleigh Green Bridge.

What we are doing

We will replace it with a new bridge with wider carriageways, footways and verges, and taller parapets to protect cyclists and pedestrians. Work has begun and the whole project will be completed in 2017.


  • We will fully replace the existing bridge - the new structure will have an expected lifespan of 120 years
  • Utilities (gas, electricity, water and telecommunications) will be relocated to an adjacent service bridge - this will reduce the need to close traffic lanes on the road bridge during future maintenance of utility pipes or cables
  • 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

Work is now going on to prepare for the demolition and rebuilding of the bridge.

Within the site compound near Bryant Avenue, our contractor Hochtief has built a retaining wall to support the new bridge construction.

Our contractor Skanska has completed works to divert the utilities from the carriageway of the existing bridge to the new service bridge.

We are now carrying out the next phases of work to demolish the eastern side of the bridge. This will involve temporary closures of the A127

Traffic changes until December 2017

A temporary contraflow (a single lane in each direction) is in place on the A127 from Gallows Corner to Squirrels Heath Road. The Essex-bound carriageway is closed completely and two-way traffic is operating on the other side of the road.

The contraflow will be in place on the eastern side of the road first for around nine months before works begin on the demolition and replacement of the western side of the bridge in spring 2017.

How your travel might be affected

Bryant Avenue

The entrance to Bryant Avenue from the A127 is closed to traffic while works to build a new section of the bridge are completed.

Vehicle access to Bryant Avenue will be possible during this period via the A12, with all traffic continuing to leave Bryant Avenue via the junction with the A12.

The existing closure of the Bryant Avenue exit onto the A127 will continue until spring 2017 while demolition and replacement of the eastern half (the Essex-bound carriageway) takes place.

Pedestrian access across the A127 and Bryant Avenue will be maintained at all times.

Full road closure on the A127 from 4-7 November 2016

The A127 will be closed on Friday 4 November from 21:00 until 06:00 on Monday 7 November while we demolish the section of the bridge in the Essex-bound carriageway of the road.

The road will be closed in both directions from Gallows Corner in the west, up to the Ardleigh Green Road/Squirrels Heath Road junction in the east. A signed vehicle diversion will be in place during the closure.

  • Businesses on the A127 will still have access, between Gallows Corner and Bryant Avenue 06:00- 18:00 every day. The road will be closed after 18:00 but access will be available via the diversion to the A12
  • Vehicles and pedestrians will be able to access properties on the Southend Arterial Road at all times
  • Vehicle access to Bryant Avenue will be possible via the A12
  • All traffic will continue to leave Bryant Avenue via the junction with the A12 - the existing closure of the Bryant Avenue exit onto the A127 will stay in place until spring 2017
  • Pedestrian access across the A127 and Bryant Avenue will be maintained at all times

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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.

While we are rebuilding the eastern side of the bridge, pedestrians are being diverted onto the new service bridge on the same side - please follow the signed route. The footway along the western side of the bridge will remain open.

The new road bridge will have wider footways on both sides. The project will have no effect on the footbridge over the A127 at the junction with Ardleigh Green Road/Squirrels Heath Road.

Minimising noise and disruption

We will keep night works to a minimum. Whenever possible, work will take place during the day between 08:00-18:00 Monday to Friday and 08:00-13:00 on Saturday.

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

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, Ramboll and Parson Brinckerhoff, and Skanska.

More information

Call us on 0343 222 1234 (TfL call charges).

Service bridge video

Contact us

Phone detailsPhone: 0343 222 1234 (24 hours)

(TfL call charges)

Call us if you have questions or comments about the scheme


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