The A127 / A130 Fairglen Interchange is a crucial link in our region’s road network for South Essex and is of vital importance to our sustained economic growth.
The Interchange has served us well for many years but has reached its capacity and is in need of significant improvement.
A proposed 'short-term' scheme has been developed to increase the capacity of the A127 / A130 Fairglen Interchange, reduce journey times, address existing safety concerns and improve pedestrian and cycling connectivity.
The scheme, which has been developed following feedback from road users and local people, will allow the interchange to handle current and estimated future traffic levels, enabling and supporting economic growth across South Essex.
Planning consent for the scheme was granted in December 2019 and main works are scheduled to start in 2022.
What are the problems?
The A127 / A130 Fairglen Interchange lies at a key point on the transport network in South Essex, forming a strategic connection between the A13, A127, A130 and A1245.
The Interchange currently experiences high levels of congestion during peak periods and high volumes of traffic at other times too.
There are also safety concerns, with significant numbers of collisions involving motor vehicles, which have been attributed to poor sightlines for drivers at some locations and to incorrect lane use.
As well as current traffic congestion and safety concerns, the Interchange is expected to come under increased pressure in future as plans for significant growth in housing and jobs is realised.
It is estimated that over 62,000 jobs will be created in South Essex by 2037, and that over 3,400 new homes per year will be needed to accommodate this new workforce.
The development of the scheme was informed by a series of engagement and consultation events which the public and key stakeholders were invited to participate in.
In February 2017, we published information about our plans to improve the A127 / A130 Fairglen Interchange and provided opportunities for people to find out more about the project and give us their feedback.
In April/March 2018, we then held a six-week public consultation on proposed changes to the A127 / A130 Fairglen Interchange, with responses analysed and considered to help us finalise design of the scheme. Our public consultation brochure and report can be found in the documents section below.
Long-term option for Fairglen Interchange
When we publicised information about proposed A127 / A130 Fairglen Interchange improvements in February 2017, we also published a long-term option.
The long-term option could be required in the event of increased traffic as a result of higher levels of future growth but would require significant additional funding.
The short-term solution is fully compatible with the long-term option should that need to be implemented in the future.
Design of the long-term solution has not been fully developed, but an overview can be seen below.