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Rayners Farm Bridge (VRS), Holland Road, Little Clacton

Update - 12 July 2019: Rayners Farm Bridge - one night closure 13 July 2019

At 9pm Saturday 13 July a road closure will be necessary overnight to allow preparations for the installation of safety barrier system on bridge approaches to continue. This will be a one night closure only as there has been a delay to the start of the main works.

We continue to be in discussion with Network Rail to gain the permissions needed to begin the main works.  

Temporary traffic lights will be reinstated when the road reopens on Sunday 14 July.  This is necessary following vegetation clearance on the bridge embankments for the safety of the public.  We are aware there have been some intermittent issues with the traffic lights when in operation, and will continue to monitor this situation.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

When we have a revised programme for the main works an update will be provided to local residents and businesses.

Highway Schemes Homepage

Works Location


View of Rayners Farm Bridge

About the Scheme

Rayners Farm Bridge carries Holland Road over the railway line in Little Clacton.  The bridge is owned and maintained by Network Rail. 

We propose to install safety barriers, known as a vehicle restraint system (VRS), to all four corners of the bridge approaches during summer 2019 to reduce the likelihood of a vehicle leaving the carriageway at the bridge/embankment. 

We have been liaising closely with Network Rail to gain the necessary permissions for this work, which requires temporary fencing to protect the railway line while a safety barrier system is installed and utility supplies (pipes and cables) are diverted. 

These works will be carried out with the support of road closures.

Main construction is anticipated to take approximately three months to complete. 


The Works 

Holland Road will be fully closed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the main works.  A confirmed start date for construction is yet to be agreed.

Please note that dates may be subject to change, if affected by poor weather or if unexpected issues arise.

What is involved and how it may affect you 

Advance warning notices will be on site with appropriate traffic management in place during works.  

During road closures, vehicles will be diverted via Holland Road, Great Holland Common Road, Little Clacton Road, Clacton Road (B1032), Frinton Road (B1032), Holland Road (B1032), (A133) Carnarvon Road, (A133 Wellesley Road, (A133) London Road, (B1027) St John's Road, Thorpe Road (B1369), Holland Road (and vice versa).

When road closures are in place, the restriction will apply to all vehicles (24 hours a day) with no vehicles permitted to pass over the bridge.  Holland Road will be closed from a point approximately 230m north of its junction with Great Holland Common Road for a distance of approximately 130m in a westerly direction.  

Properties located either side of the bridge will be accessible via the diversion or alterative local routes.  

We regret that no pedestrian access will be possible during these works. 


Further information

Please note that the programme may be subject to change at short notice if affected by poor weather or if unexpected issues arise.

We aim to keep residents and businesses updated via this webpage and via site signage.  Information will also be shared with local parish councils.

For details about other roadworks in the area please visit: