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Finchingfield Bridge, B1053, Finchingfield

Update - 19 December 2019: Finchingfield Bridge - latest news

Site investigations carried out at the end of October 2019 in and around Finchingfield’s village green proceeded very well and have shown that it is technically feasible to install a temporary bridge across the village green.  We are continuing to explore this as an option and will make arrangements to meet Finchingfield Parish Council in the coming months to meet and discuss the next steps to bring us closer to this as a potential outcome. 

In order for Essex Highways to move the project forward, various planning approvals will be required for both the permanent structure, the temporary structure and for use of the village green areas and for activities next to listed buildings.  In addition Essex Highways will need to obtain all the necessary consents associated with any proposed works.  These matters will be progressed over the coming months.

We will post further updates in due course.

Works Location


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The current position

Finchingfield Bridge carries the B1053 over the village pond.  It is an old bridge, approximately 200 years old in a deteriorating condition that needs to be dismantled and rebuilt.  

Following some initial proposals shared by Essex Highways in 2016, new design options have been explored in discussion with Finchingfield Parish Council, Braintree District Councillors and County Members.  

Together, we aim to deliver a scheme that safeguards the bridge crossing for the future as well as protecting iconic views of the village.  Key stakeholder groups will be invited to engage with us to help build plans to ensure that, if works go ahead, disruption is minimised.

Any scheme proposal will be subject to developing a detailed works programme, and to meeting the usual planning consents and other legal obligations.

The Parish Council and District and County Councillors agreed that Essex Highways should start the necessary site investigations in order for a replacement bridge to be built. These site surveys were carried out in February 2019 to inform future detailed design work to progress a future scheme.

Our future intention is to dismantle the existing structure and replace the bridge with one built in the same location with a very similar look to the existing bridge. 

It is proposed the current width between the bridge walls will be maintained between new kerbs and a narrow hardened verge to offer some protection to the bridge parapets.  These proposals will lead to a bridge that will be up to 1.5 metres wider overall, but maintaining the same road width, so that the bridge continues to act as a traffic calming feature.

There are no plans to include a footway as part of the scheme.  


On site investigations completed February 2019

Structures engineers successfully completed investigation works during a five day closure of Finchingfield Bridge during the February school holiday to provide additional important data to enable us to progress a new bridge design.


Trial hole investigations completed October 2019 

Trial hole investigations were carried out in late October 2019 to determine the precise location and depth of utility services in and around Finchingfield's village green.  The purpose of the works was to support investigations into the feasibility of installing a temporary bridge for future reconstruction work at Finchingfield Bridge. 


Further information

Our intention is to keep the community informed of progress as the scheme progresses.

We will provide the latest information on this webpage and also share information with Parish and local councillors so they can pass it on too.

You may also wish to follow the Essex Highways twitter feed: @essexhighways.