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Progress made on Ardleigh Green Bridge A127 roadworks as Bryant Avenue set to reopen

PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:56 23 November 2017

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 through-road leading onto the Ardleigh Green A127 Bridge will reopen early this December in a move that will hopefully ease congestion along the roadworks there.

Transport for London (TfL) will be opening Bryant Avenue in two weeks as a result of extensive lobbying from Havering Council.

Work to replace the bridge in Ardleigh Green began in 2015, and has made daily tailbacks and traffic jams a reality for all Havering residents travelling into or out of London.

At the moment, TfL engineers are working to complete the footway and street lighting upgrades along the new bridge, and are also installing safety barriers.

Work will also begin on resurfacing the new carriageway soon, which will mean the contraflow will be switched over the next few weeks before Bryant Avenue fully reopens.

Havering Council leader Councillor Roger Ramsey said he was aware of the strain placed on local residents and businesses as the busy

Of the news that Bryant Avenue is reopening, he added: “This is great news for residents across the borough and local businesses, who have all suffered as a result of this project.

“The delay in opening all four lanes, is highly unacceptable and I was extremely disappointed.

“The reopening of Bryant Avenue comes after a series of meetings with senior TfL staff.

“This will stop the rat runs through side roads within Harold Wood and cause less disruption to parents carrying out the school runs and to people living and working in the area.

“I will certainly continue to lobby TfL, to ensure the best outcomes for local residents and businesses.”

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 this year.

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

And in June, Cllr 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.

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