In October, Highways England announced that work on the upgrade would be completed earlier than planned – bringing it forward from autumn next year to the summer – and that this would be achieved by rescheduling the start of roadworks on the M25. This work will start next week. Work on the A13 has been underway since March.
Work will transfer to the M25 with traffic management being installed and construction work starting from Tuesday 17 November 2015.
The work involved in this stage of the scheme includes:
- site clearance
- renewal of boundary fencing
- statutory diversions implemented
- installation of new and replacement gantries
- installation and renewal of traffic signals
- construction of new concrete central reserve barrier
- upgrade of CCTV
- updating street lighting
- new road markings and signs
- associated environmental works – ecological and construction of environmental noise barrier
- new fixed temporary traffic management signs along M25 and A282
To enable this work to take place, narrow lanes and a temporary 50mph speed limit need to be installed. The installation will mean that the anti-clockwise carriageway will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 5.30am, from Tuesday 17 November for 2 nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the link road to M25 junction 30, A13, A128 and the A127.
In addition, the clockwise carriageway will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 5.30am, from Thursday 19 November for 2 nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A127, A128, A13 and the link road to M25 junction 31.
Once installed the temporary traffic management on the M25/A282 will include:
- a temporary 50mph speed restriction, enforced by average speed cameras, to maintain the safety of road workers and travelling public
- narrow lanes
- hard shoulder running
There will be future carriageway closures for other works including the removal of existing gantries.
The work is part of a major project to increase capacity at this busy junction and help unlock the multi-billion pound regeneration of the Lower Thames Valley. The A13 through the junction is being widened from 3 lanes to 4 in each direction, and the junction itself is being upgraded by adding segregated left turns to and from the M25, and improvements to the other slip roads. Safety barriers, drainage and lighting are also being upgraded and it is estimated that the project will help to reduce accidents by 18%. Work is scheduled to be completed by summer 2016.
Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.
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