Courtaulds Culvert, Bovingdon Road, Bocking

Progress Update - 21 December 2017: Courtaulds Culvert

We are continuing to make progress on site with the river training walls currently under construction; however works have been hindered by the recent poor weather conditions. 



As mentioned in the last update, some delays have been experienced to the work programme which have impacted the anticipated completion date.   Under the current schedule of works we anticipate the road reopening at the end of February 2018.  Please be aware that dates may be subject to change, for example if the works are completed earlier than planned or delayed if hindered by poor weather or if unexpected issues arise.

The construction site will be closed from 22 December 2017 for the Christmas period, with works restarting on the 3 January 2018. During this period we will be periodically checking the site and diversion route.



Thank you for your continued patience while we undertake these works.


About the scheme 

Courtaulds Culvert located under Bovingdon Road, Bocking near Braintree was placed under an emergency closure on 9 September 2016 after inspectors found the structure to be suffering from serious deterioration.  The road was closed to vehicles to safeguard the public. 

Preparation works started summer 2017 ready for the demolition and reconstruction of the culvert section that falls within the highway boundary.

The reconstructed works will consist of reinforced concrete, spanning the same footprint as the existing.  New culvert parapets with approach safety fencing will also be installed on the finished structure.

There are a number of utility supplies (gas, water, electricity) that run through the structure.   Highway engineers are in liaison with the necessary third party contacts to organise the diversion of supplies that will be required during the works.

The works 

Preparatory works began in August 2017 to create a site compound and temporary parking facility, followed by the diversion of services by third party utility companies. 

Excavation and demolition works were undertaken in October and engineers are currently focused on reconstruction works ready for the new culvert section.  

Some unforeseen delays and additional works have been necessary which have affected the work programme.  We are working towards re-opening Bovingdon Road early 2018, however this may be subject to change if works are hampered by poor weather or unexpected issues.

We appreciate highway works can be disruptive and would like to thank you for your continued patience while we undertake these works.  

Please continue to look at this page for the latest updates.

What is involved and how may it affect you 

Bovingdon Road will remain closed to vehicular traffic until the construction works are complete.  

The existing diversion route via; Bovingdon Road,  Beazley End, Parkhall Road, Church Road, A1017 The Street, A1017 Braintree Road, A1017 Gosfield Road, A131 High Garrett, A131 Broad Road, B1053 Broad Road, B1053 Church Lane, Church Lane, Church Street, Bovingdon Road and vice versa shall remain until the road is re-opened. 

Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the period of the closure.  A temporary pedestrian route shall be created north of the site, using a temporary footbridge across the watercourse and this will be available for use by dismounted cyclists.

Further information 

We aim to keep residents informed of progress on the scheme by providing updates on this webpage.  If you have an unanswered question however please contact Essex County Council Customer services team on telephone: 0345 603 7631.


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Information poster (2) PDF 24/08/2017 
Information poster PDF 26/05/2017

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