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A127 Basildon - Air Quality

Highway Schemes Homepage

Works Area                      





About the scheme

Essex Highways is replacing signage and installing average speed cameras on a stretch of the A127 in Basildon to support the introduction of a new 50mph speed limit.  This is being introduced to improve air quality and road safety in the area.  

Roadside tests have shown that the stretch or road exceeds national air quality safe limits for nitrogen dioxide.

By lowering the speed limit it is expected that air quality on this stretch of the A127 can be brought to safe levels by 2021, as well as improving road safety and journey time reliability.  Vehicles’ engines work more efficiently at about 50mph and lowering speeds from 70mph to 50mph can reduce harmful nitrogen oxide emissions from car exhausts by up to 20 per cent.

To read more about air quality and Essex County Council’s plans to address the issue, visit: Air Quality in Essex  


The works

Work started on Monday 27 January 2020 to replacement signs and average cameras are being installed on a stretch of the A127 between the Fortune of War roundabout and east of the Pound Lane / Cranfield Park Road junctions. The works are being carried over overnight between the hours of 9pm and 5am.

Temporary overnight lane restrictions are necessary on this section of the A127 during the works, reducing traffic to one lane.  This includes junction approaches for the safety of the workforce and the public.

The latest information about traffic management changes during the works, including dates of planned overnight road closures, will be advertised in advance via this webpage and the @essexhighways twitter feed.  Warning notices will also be on site in advance of the works. 

Temporary road restrictions will be lifted during the day time to minimise inconvenience and disruption to road users.

We appreciate that this is a traffic sensitive site and are sorry for any inconvenience caused to residents, businesses and the travelling public during these works.   


Speed limit change - effective from 27 January 2020

A reduced speed limit of 50mph speed limit is now in force affecting both carriageways between the existing 40mph speed limit near the Fortune of War roundabout and approximately 470m east of the Pound Lane (westbound)/Cranfield Park Road (eastbound) junctions.

Further information

Residents and businesses in the immediate vicinity will be contacted separately about these works, with further updates shared on this webpage as information becomes available.

Details may be subject to change as the work is carried out, for example if the programme of work is affected by poor weather or if unexpected issues arise.

For information about other roadworks in the area visit

Further details about the decision to implement these measures on the A127, including questions and answers please visit:

 Air Quality in Essex