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Ardleigh Green Bridge works set to close A127 overnight this weekend

PUBLISHED: 16:18 24 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:18 24 May 2018

The A127 Southend Arterial Road across the Ardleigh Green bridge

The A127 Southend Arterial Road across the Ardleigh Green bridge

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A stretch of the A127 between will be closed overnight between Gallows Corner and Squirrels Heath this weekend and the next as Transport for London (TfL) continues installing the new Ardleigh Green Bridge.

Demolition works will take place from 9pm on Friday, May 25, until 5am on Tuesday, May 29.

For this weekend, there will be a full closure of the A127 between Gallows Corner and the Squirrels Heath and Ardleigh Green Road junction.

This will be followed by the delivery and installation of the new bridge, which will take place overnight on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2, between 9pm and 8am the following morning – the same stretch of road will be closed during this period.

Pedestrian access via the walkways and overhead bridge will be maintained throughout.

In a letter sent out to Hornchurch residents this week Nick Fairholme, director of Projects and Programmes in Surface Transport at TfL, said: “Since the new Essex-bound section of Ardleigh Green Bridge (the eastern section) opened in December 2017, we have been working on building the foundations for the new London-bound section (the western side).

“We are now ready to demolish the western side of the old bridge and will be carrying out these works over the late May bank holiday weekend.

“We will then be taking delivery of the new western side of the bridge shortly after, in early June.”

The £32m project to widen lanes at the bridge and create a safer pedestrian footpath began in 2014, and was initially scheduled to be completed by May last year.

However, in November 2016, engineers were forced to halt their demolition of the old bridge over unexpected “complexities” in the design.

And in June last year, Havering council leader Cllr Roger Ramsey expressed his “extreme disappointment” when it was announced that TfL had scheduled a new completion date of Spring 2019 – a delay of almost two years to the original completion date.

In this week’s letter, Mr Fairholme aded that the remaining parts of the original bridge are set to be demolished during a weekend in late June, and confirmed that the new-look, four lane road at Ardleigh Green Bridge is still on track for that Spring 2019 opening date.

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