Multi-million pound plans to improve one of the most important junctions on the A127 over the next 30 years are set to be unveiled from today.
Tens of thousands of motorists use the A127/A130 Fairglen Interchange daily linking major towns including Basildon, Canvey Island, Chelmsford, Southend and Thurrock.
Options for short and long term schemes to safeguard and provide capacity to this junction until 2045 will be presented at two public information events in February.
These events are set to happen on:
•Wednesday, 15 February 2017 between 1pm-8pm at the Holiday Inn Basildon (Lakeside Suite – Waterfront Walk, Festival Leisure Park, Basildon, Essex, SS14 3DG)
•Thursday, 16 February 2017 between 1pm-8pm at The King John School (Main Theatre – Shipwrights Drive, Thundersley, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1RQ)
Funding has been secured for the majority of the short-term scheme, which is programmed to be open by 2022.
Funding for the development of the long-term scheme will be sought through bids to Central Government as well as financial support from Essex County Council and development sites along the A127 corridor.
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Partnerships, said: “We know that the Fairglen Interchange is in need of both short-term and long-term improvement.
“Plans to relieve congestion at this notorious pinch point are vital to keep Essex moving and support economic growth in this key area.
“These two events in February will allow residents to see our plans and the benefits they can bring for all road users.
“I would urge those with an interest in this crucial junction to come along or check out the plans on our website when they go live in mid-February.”
For more information on this and other proposed improvements please visit www.essex.gov.uk/majorschemes.