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Church Farm Culvert, High Street, Stebbing

Latest News - 12 December 2019: Church Farm Culvert - UKPN works complete

We are pleased to confirm the utility diversion works carried out by UKPN have been completed one week ahead of schedule and the road closure on High Street has been lifted.  The road opened today, 12 December to all traffic.  

Please be aware the temporary ‘Give and Take’ priority arrangement remains in place at Church Farm Culvert. 

The shuttle bus service will remain in place until the original bus service is reinstated on Friday 13 December 2019. Arrow Taxis have been appointed to operate the shuttle service and if there are any queries they can be contacted on 01621 855111, alternatively contact the Essex County Council passenger transport team on 0345 603 2200.

The utility diversions completed are in preparation for main works starting from 6 January 2020 when the road will fully close for culvert removal and replacement works.  This will require a full closure of the road while the works are carried out.  

Please visit this webpage for the most up to date information about our planned works and progress made.

We would like to thank residents for their co-operation and support during these works.

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About the scheme

Church Farm Culvert is a brick arch structure located under the High Street in Stebbing, Uttlesford.  It consists of two structures, made from two separate construction methods which carries the road over an unnamed stream.

The culvert is in an unstable and deteriorating condition that requires replacing. The east bridge headwall is leaning away from the carriageway which has resulted in brick loss to the headwall’s face.  A ‘Give and Take’ priority arrangement remains in place as temporary measure.

Planning permission (planning application PP-07684645) is now granted.

We are now in a position to begin works on 6th January 2020, and are making preparations on this basis. 

Advance works

UKPN are planning to carry out diversions to electrical supplies prior to any main works. A temporary full road closure will be in place from Monday 2 December 2019 for approximately three weeks.

Proposed culvert works

We will remove both arches and headwalls of Church Farm Culvert, and replace the culvert with a new precast reinforced concrete box unit. This work is regarded as an efficient and cost effective option to bring the structure up to current standards, protecting its future use. We currently estimate these works will take approximately five months to complete, subject to the works not been impacted by poor weather or unexpected issues arising.

A full closure of the High Street at the structure is required, 24 hours a day until the works are complete from Watch House Road for approximately 180 metres.

Advanced warning notices will be in place prior to any works and appropriate diversions in place during any road closures.

Some Clearway/No Parking areas have been identified to support traffic flows in the area to ensure safe manoeuvres can be carried out by large vehicles such as buses and emergency services.

Access to properties and businesses will be available from either side of the closure point, either via a formal diversion or local alternative routes. Information relating to pedestrian access and arrangements for bus passengers, will be communicated at a later date.

As soon as arrangements are confirmed, further updates will be made to the website.

Further information

Our intention is to keep the community and local parish informed of details as information becomes available and the scheme progresses. The latest information will be reflected on this webpage as well as being shared with the parish and local councillors for them to share more widely.

Please note that dates and work programmes can be subject to change if affected by poor weather or if unexpected issues arise.

You may wish to follow the Essex Highways twitter feed: @essexhighways or find out about other works in the area by visiting (formerly