Final demolition phase of Ardleigh Green Bridge to take place with Christmas road closures
PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 November 2018
TfL contractors are expected to complete the much anticipated work on the Ardleigh Green Bridge with several road closures set to take place over the Christmas period.
TfL explained in a letter sent to residents this week that the final demolition phase of the old Ardleigh Green Bridge will involve the removal of the bridge piers and foundations below the road at railway track level.
The westbound side of the A127 will be closed to allow Tfl’s contractors to safely lift railway track protection mats, heavy equipment and machinery using a crane.
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.
Haveringe councillor Gillian Ford told the Recorder that the works had been progressing, “incredibly slowly”.
“Obviously it’s got to be staged and everybody wants the work to be completed,” she said.
“The sooner they can get the works done, the better for everyone.”
From 10.30am until 9pm on Sunday, December 23, there will be a westbound closure of the A127 Southend Arterial Road between Gallows Corner and Squirrels Heath.
Access for pedestrians, vehicles for local residents and businesses will be maintained at all times.
On the same day from 9pm to 7am on December 24, the A127 will be closed in both directions.
Nick Fairholme, director of project and programme delivery, said in the letter: “As you will be aware, this major project is necessary because the current bridge is at the end of its useful life and is beyond simple repair.
“The new bridge will provide wider carriageways, footways and verges, and taller parapets to protect cyclists and pedestrians.”
On Monday, December 24 there will be another westbound closure of the A127 Southend Arterial Road from 7am until 1.30pm.
The same road will be closed again on Christmas day from 5.30pm to Wednesday, December 26 at 5am.