A13 roadworks

Widening the A13

Work is underway to widen the A13 from 2 to 3 lanes in both directions between the A128 (Orsett Cock roundabout) and the A1014 (The Manorway, Stanford-le-Hope).

When complete, the widened section will join with the existing 3-lane section of the A13, west of the A128, providing a continuous 3-lane road in both directions between the M25 and Stanford-le-Hope.

As part of the work, 4 bridges will be replaced, the Orsett Cock roundabout will be widened and new traffic lights will be installed to help manage vehicle flows. Public bridges will be built and opened before the old bridges are demolished.

Improving the A13 will boost the local economy, helping businesses to increase productivity, reduce costs and create more jobs – read more about why this work is needed.

For safety, we're laying a new low-noise road surface, and improving lighting, visibility, barriers and drainage. We're also working hard at caring for local communities and caring for the environment.

The main works started in early 2019. We plan to complete the project in autumn 2020.

Planned road closures – autumn 2019

Dates Restriction
Monday 21 October to Friday 25 October, 9:30am to 3:30pm. Orsett Cock roundabout – lane restrictions around the roundabout and on all approaches.
Thursday 24 October, 9pm to 5am. A13 eastbound – exit slip road closed at the A128 junction (Orsett Cock roundabout) with diversion via the A13 eastbound to the Stanford-le-Hope roundabout and return.
Monday 28 October to Friday 25 October, 9:30am to 3:30pm. Orsett Cock roundabout – lane restrictions around the roundabout and on all approaches.
Monday 28 October, overnight 9pm to 5am. A13 both directions – road closed between the A1014 (Stanford-le-Hope) and the A128 (Orsett Cock roundabout) with diversions via the A1013 Stanford Road.

Major weekend closures planned for autumn 2019

A series of A13 weekend closures are needed so that foundations and walls can be built to support the new Orsett Cock roundabout bridges.

Details of closures are listed above, and more will be published when dates are confirmed.

Congestion is likely to be significant on approaches to the works – we advise you to use alternative routes such as the A127 to avoid delays and minimise inconvenience.

You can check current traffic levels using Google Maps local roads.

New bridges will be lifted into place during 2020. Old bridges will be demolished afterwards.

Horndon on the Hill protection

Drivers should not travel through Horndon on the Hill as an alternative to the A13 and the A1013.

Horndon on the Hill is a small residential village – subject to height, width and weight restrictions – and is not a suitable diversion route. 

To protect Horndon on the Hill during weekend-long closures of the A13:

  • extra signs will be in place to discourage drivers from travelling through the village
  • a temporary one-way system will be in place to improve traffic flows, using Gordon Road northbound-only, Victoria Road southbound-only, and Hillcrest Road remaining a 2-way street
  • Orsett Road will be closed in both directions between High Road (The Hole in the Wall) and Francis Close, but with access to the post office, church and residential properties maintained

These measures have been developed with Horndon Community Forum. We will continue listening to feedback and adjusting plans to support residents and road users.

Buckingham Hill Road closures

Buckingham Hill Road will be closed temporarily in both directions between the entrance to Linford Household Waste and Recycling Centre and the A1013 Stanford Road during all weekend-long closures of the A13.

A signed diversion route will be in place via Muckingford Road, Linford Road, Chadwell Hill, Marshfoot Road, the A1089, the A13 and the A1013 Stanford Road.

Closing Buckingham Hill Road is necessary for traffic on the A1013 Stanford Road to flow more freely.

Linford Household Waste and Recycling Centre will remain open but visitors must access it from the Linford end, not via Stanford Road.

What's happening now

For more detail and photos of current works, go to what's happening now.