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, causing disruption in the future.

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

What we are doing

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
  • Utilities (gas, electricity, water and telecommunications) will be relocated to a neighbouring service bridge - this will make it less likely we'll have to close traffic lanes on the road bridge when maintenance is done on utility pipes or cables in the future
  • 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

Demolition of the eastern section of the Ardleigh Green Bridge is underway. We are coordinating with Network Rail's existing planned rail closures so there is as little disruption as possible.

The new bridge is on site, ready for launch in 2017.

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.

Check live traffic news to keep up-to-date and avoid disruption to your journey. Get the latest travel information by following @TFLTrafficNews on Twitter.


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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