Drivers, residents and businesses are being encouraged to give their views on multi-million pound plans to modernise a major junction in south Essex.
Today (Tuesday, 6 February) Essex County Council launched a six-week public consultation on a major scheme to reduce congestion and improve safety at the A127/A130 Fairglen Interchange.
The proposals include:
- a new one-way link road from the southbound A130 onto the southbound A1245
- a new dedicated slip lane from the southbound A1245 onto the eastbound A127 towards Southend
- additional lanes on the approach to the Rayleigh Spur and Fairglen Roundabout
- a new walking and cycling bridge over the A1245 just south of the Fairglen Roundabout
Residents can respond to the consultation and see a computer generated fly-through video of the plans showing how the Fairglen Interchange could look by visiting the consultation website at www.essex.gov.uk/fairglen.
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council, said the plans will give ‘a major boost to residents and businesses in south Essex’ at a launch event at The Grange in Rayleigh today.
He said: “The Fairglen Interchange is a crucial link in our region’s road network connecting residents and businesses in south Essex to investment opportunities across the rest of the country and the rest of the world through our region’s ports and airports.
“We know there are currently issues for motorists at this junction that we must solve to keep Essex moving and to support anticipated economic and housing growth across the county.
“These plans will provide a major boost to residents and businesses in south Essex, but we need your views to make sure we provide a solution that works for everyone.
“We have developed these proposals using feedback from residents and businesses as part of Fairglen Interchange public information events we held in February 2017, and now we plan to give everyone the chance to have their say on the new proposals.
“Make sure you visit the website or pick up a consultation document so you can help shape the future of this key junction.”
The proposed scheme includes building new roads and widening existing ones to help reduce journey times and increase safety. In addition to the improvements for motorists, a new walking and cycling bridge is planned which aims to offer significant benefits for sustainable transport users.
The consultation will run for six weeks from Tuesday, 6 February until Tuesday, 20 March 2018.
Options for schemes to improve capacity to the A127 / A130 Fairglen Interchange were first presented in February 2017, and the short-term option has been developed further, ready for public consultation.
There’s a number of ways to respond to the consultation:
- visit essex.gov.uk/fairglen to fill out the consultation questionnaire online
- email your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
- fill in the paper survey, which can be downloaded from our website or found at the back of our Consultation Brochure, which contains detailed information about our proposals. Consultation Brochures can be collected from libraries and council offices across South Essex (check the website for a list of locations). Paper surveys should be posted to: Engagement Team (Fairglen Interchange) Jacobs, 224-226 Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 2UP