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Work begins today on the A127 as Ardleigh Green Bridge is set to be demolished and replaced

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 July 2016

A127 Ardleigh Green Bridge

A127 Ardleigh Green Bridge

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Road users and nearby residents are preparing for 10 months of travel “chaos” as part of the A127 is set to become a single carriageway.

Today signals the start of the most disruptive stage of the project as the bridge is actually demolished and replaced.

It will mean the Essex-bound carriageway closes completely and two-way traffic operating on the other side of the road.

This arrangement will operate from Gallows Corner to Squirrels Heath Road until May 2017.

Commuters have already made clear their frustrations during the last year as TfL carried out advance works.

Lyn Lowery, who lives on the London bound side of the A127, says she is “dreading” the coming year.

She said: “Although the road will not be closed outside my house, there will be single file traffic.

“If I need to travel Essex bound then I can guarantee a nightmare journey home, traffic on this road towards Ardleigh Green traffic lights is horrendous now so I dread to think the chaos these roadworks will cause.”

Nick Fairholme, TfL’s director of Projects and Programmes, said: “The bridge is at the end of its useful life and is beyond simple repair.

“Not replacing it now might mean possible weight restrictions and ongoing lane closures for maintenance becoming necessary, resulting in considerable disruption in the long-term.

“We are working hard to keep disruption to a minimum, but apologise in advance for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience while the improvements are carried out as quickly as possible.”


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