25 June 2017
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.
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