I am writing to let you know that, unfortunately, the works to replace Ardleigh Green Bridge will take longer than expected. All four lanes of traffic on the A127 Southend Arterial Road will now re-open in spring 2019. We had planned to reopen the road in December 2017, and I am very sorry for this substantial delay. TfL is committed to looking at ways to minimise local disruption and get the bridge fully open as soon as safely possible.
Why is the project delayed?
The critical demolition and rebuilding phases for this project can only be completed while both the road and the railway below the bridge are closed.
In November 2016 we began demolishing the eastern side of the bridge. Unfortunately, installing and removing the track protection required took longer than expected. In order to avoid over-running into the Monday morning peak and causing severe disruption to both road and rail users, we were forced to halt the work before the demolition was complete.
We completed the demolition of the eastern side of the bridge during the three day Early May Bank Holiday closure earlier this year. Several further road and rail closures of three consecutive days (72 hours) at a time are required in order to complete the demolition of the western side of the bridge. We have worked very closely with Network Rail to secure this.
We apologise for the ongoing inconvenience this delay will cause and assure you we are doing absolutely everything we can to speed up the overall programme.
Since November, we have made good progress on the new bridge foundations, a ramp to provide access to the railway line, and preparation works for installing the new bridge sections. The next stage of works involves moving the eastern
side of the bridge into place and rebuilding the Essex-bound side of the carriageway.
How our works may affect you
While work on the bridge continues the current traffic management arrangements will remain in place. The A127 remains open to traffic and pedestrians in both directions (with the exception of short-term closures required for the key demolition and rebuilding phases) and we will continue to monitor and actively manage traffic in the area to keep it moving.
We expect to restore full access to Bryant Avenue, at its junction with the A127, by December 2017. Until then, please continue to follow the diversion route via the A12 Colchester Road.
We will keep footways and pedestrian crossings open wherever possible and clearly signpost any temporary closures. Access to residences and businesses will be maintained at all times.
As agreed with the London Borough of Havering, work will continue in the area on Mondays to Fridays, and on some weekends between 08:00 and 18:00. Much of this work is carried out below street-level, so is not visible. Some overnight works will be needed while there are no trains running.
Planned overnight closures of the A127 Southend Arterial Road
We plan to close the A127 Southend Arterial Road for three nights in mid-July. This will allow us to test the ground conditions before moving a new section of the bridge in to place. We will write to you nearer the time to confirm the precise details of these closures.
Find out more
Please visit tfl.gov.uk/ardleigh-green for more information and travel advice. If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please contact us using the details at the top of this letter.
Director of Projects and Programmes, Surface Transport,
Transport for London
Published on: 25 June 2017