Computer-generated image showing improvements to the Fairglen Roundabout
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.
We would like your views on the proposed changes to the A127 / A130 Fairglen Interchange, which are designed to improve traffic flow, journey times and road safety at this major junction.
Public Consultation on the proposed improvements runs for a six-week period, from 6 February to 20 March 2018, and we invite everyone to give us their feedback using the survey or other response methods detailed at the bottom of this page. This public consultation comes after we carried out an information campaign in February 2017, when we published proposals for ‘short-term’ and ‘long-term’ improvements to the Fairglen Interchange.
The proposed improvements to the Fairglen Interchange now being consulted on are the ‘short-term’ published in 2017. The short-term scheme has been further developed and modelled following comments received from road users and local people in response to the information campaign. The short-term scheme would allow the Interchange to handle current traffic levels and predicted increases for up to 15 years enabling and supporting economic growth across South Essex.
What are the current 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.
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 held a public consultation. You can see the consultation report in the documents section below
Long-term plans for Fairglen Interchange
When we publicised information about the A127 / A130 Fairglen Interchange improvements in February 2017, we published two potential designs: one short-term option and one long-term option.
The short-term option being proposed now is designed to provide relief from traffic congestion for up to 15 years, while the long-term option would potentially be necessary after 15 years if traffic grew significantly.
The short-term solution we are consulting on now is fully compatible with the long-term option should that need to be implemented in the future.
The design work on the long-term solution is in its early stages but an overview can be seen below. This long-term solution is currently not funded, and we are not seeking feedback on that option as part of this consultation.
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