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'Unexpected complexities' meant demolition work of Ardleigh Green Bridge could not be completed

PUBLISHED: 10:40 18 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:57 18 November 2016

The A127 Southend Arterial Road across the Ardleigh Green bridge

The A127 Southend Arterial Road across the Ardleigh Green bridge

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Drivers are set to face future disruption after major construction work on the A127 had to be put on hold.

The demolition on one section of the bridge which was due to be carried out on the weekend of November 4-7 had to be halted due to “unexpected complexities”.

TfL, Network Rail and the contractors Hochtief decided to put the works on hold part-way through the weekend, to ensure the road and railway could be reopened on Monday morning and avoid delaying commuters.

The work was meant to result in a new bridge with wider lanes, paths and improved barriers.

It is all part of TfL’s £32m investment project which began in 2014 with work set to finally finish in May 2017.

The project team is now believed to be reviewing and re-planning the demolition, in discussion with Network Rail and other stakeholders.

Some work will continue on site to replace the supports which hold the bridge up.

This will apparently not affect the flow of traffic, and will not require any road closures in addition to the temporary traffic management currently in place.

TfL are expected to release more details about future demolition plans soon.

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