A13 roadworks

Why this work is needed

The A13 corridor is a vital part of the transport network in Thurrock and the south Essex area, enabling the economy to grow through expanding businesses, new housing and more jobs.

Major economic growth

Thurrock and the south Essex area has seen major investment in recent years, including the opening of DP World London Gateway Port and Logistics facility, and the continued development of intu Lakeside retail and entertainment complex.

This is part of a planned £20 billion investment in jobs, homes and infrastructure in Thurrock, including developments led by the private companies at Thames Enterprise Park, Lakeside Basin and the Port of Tilbury.

A widened A13 will help support these developments, and also the significant investment planned for other parts of south Essex, including £272 million at Airport Business Park in Southend.

Excellent transport links

Thurrock and the south Essex area already has many excellent transport links with London, the rest of the UK and Europe, by road, river and air.

The London Gateway Harbour Empowerment Order 2008 gave legal backing for further improvements to the surrounding road network, including widening the A13.

This will be a benefit to traffic flow as currently around 77,000 vehicles each day use the A13 between the A128 (Orsett Cock roundabout) and the A1014 (The Manorway, Stanford-le-Hope).

Funding and partners

The overall project will cost around £79 million, of which DP World London Gateway will contribute about £10 million. The rest will come from government funding, directed through the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

Thurrock Council is the highway authority for this section of the A13, which means we are responsible for managing the project to widen it. We are working in partnership with:

  • AECOM – project consultants
  • Atkins – designers
  • Kier – works contractors

The project is independent from Highways England’s proposals for a new Lower Thames Crossing.