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New road link will ease Fairglen Interchange congestion

15 February 2017

An exciting new road scheme has been unveiled by Essex County Council in a bid to ease short term congestion problems on the Fairglen Interchange by diverting Southend-bound traffic from the A130 onto the A127, via the A1245.

The multi-million pound plans aim to improve one of the most important junctions on the A127 for the next 30 years and form part of a £233 million investment in highways, infrastructure and public transport by Essex County Council.

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 until 2045 have both been released.
Short term plan
Short-term options include:

  • a new road linking the A130 and A1245
  • widened slip roads onto the Fairglen roundabout
  • auxiliary lanes on both A127 on-slips
  • a larger three lane roundabout at Rayleigh Spur with signal control
Long term plan
The long-term scheme would see:
  • an underpass bypassing the Rayleigh Spur roundabout from the A130 towards A13 and Canvey Island
  • an overpass linking traffic heading towards the Rayleigh Spur from Sadlers Farm junction up and onto the Southend-bound A127
Detailed plans are available on the Essex County Council website and at two events.
The first is today Wednesday, 15 February between 1pm to 8pm at the Holiday Inn Basildon (Lakeside Suite - Waterfront Walk, Festival Leisure Park, Basildon, Essex, SS14 3DG).
The second is tomorrow (Thursday, 16 February) between 1pm to 8pm at The King John School (Main Theatre – Shipwrights Drive, Thundersley, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1RQ).
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Infrastructure and Partnerships, said: “It is critically important for residents to come and see these plans because this is about where they live and how they travel about locally and their say is very important.

“We know that the Fairglen Interchange in its current state is not working for our residents and businesses during the rush hour. That is why we are being proactive in putting forward solutions.
“Keeping Essex moving is vital to supporting economic growth across the county.

“Please take a minute to view these plans which aim to make a real improvement for those travelling around the south of the county for many years to come.”