Multi-million pound plans to improve one of the most important junctions on the A127 over the next 30 years have been announced by Essex County Council (ECC).
Tens of thousands of motorists use the A127/A130 Fairglen Interchange daily linking major towns including Basildon, Canvey Island, Chelmsford, Southend and Thurrock.
Options for short and long term schemes to safeguard and provide capacity to this junction to 2045 will be presented over the coming months as part of plans to target congestion, improve safety and facilitate economic growth.
Funding has been secured for the majority of the short-term scheme, which is programmed to be open by 2022.
Funding for the development of the long-term scheme will be sought through bids to Central Government as well as financial support from Essex County Council and development sites along the A127 corridor.
The Council is set to speak to local stakeholders over the next few weeks about the plans, ahead of a number of public information events in late autumn. Further details of these events will be announced later this month (September).
Cllr Rodney L Bass, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “We are still at the very early stages with these plans, but we have made our intentions public as we are keen to make residents aware that the A127/A130 Fairglen Interchange is a top priority for us.
“The development of these schemes looks well ahead into the future to ensure the highway network is robust and supports growth across south Essex for the next 30 years.
“Improving key junctions, such as this, are guaranteed to give the local economy a boost as keeping Essex moving is vital to allowing Essex businesses to continue to grow.
“This summer we resurfaced a number of sections of the A127 and we currently have highways staff on site at Nevendon for improvements to that junction.
“The Fairglen Interchange plans will complement this work on the A127, whilst also helping to alleviate congestion coming in from the A13, A130 and A1245.
“As soon as we have finalised details on public information events, we will share these with the public to ensure everyone is kept informed.”
Public information events are currently being planned for late October with dates and venues set to be released in the coming weeks.
For more information on this and other proposed improvements please visit www.essex.gov.uk/majorschemes.