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 2019. We plan to complete the project in autumn/winter 2021.
Planned road closures
When we say eastbound below, we mean in the direction of Southend-on-Sea. When we say westbound, we mean in the direction of London.
During whole weekend closures there may be traffic delays of up to an hour – all non-local traffic should avoid the A13 and use alternative routes such as the A130, A127 and M25.
You can check current traffic levels using Google Maps local roads.
|Dates||Restriction for this project|
|Ongoing, 24 hours a day||Orsett Cock roundabout – lane closure around the roundabout and its approaches.|
|1 day, Tuesday 12 October, 9:30am to 3:30pm||A128 Brentwood Road – 'Stop' and 'Go' boards in use between Orsett Road, Horndon on the Hill and Orsett Cock roundabout.|
|Whole weekend from 9pm, Friday 15 October to 5am, Monday 18 October||Orsett Cock roundabout – the entire roundabout and all approach roads will be closed. The A13 main carriageway will remain open. Please plan your journey in advance to avoid the roundabout and to avoid nearby villages, which have road restrictions.|
|Whole weekend from 9pm, Friday 22 October to 5am, Monday 25 October||A13 both directions – closed between the A1014 (Stanford-le-Hope) and the A128 (Orsett Cock) junctions. Diversion via A1013 Stanford Road. Non-local traffic should use the A127 instead.|
|2 nights, Wednesday 27 October and Thursday 28 October, 10pm to 5am||A13 eastbound – one lane closed between the A126 (Lakeside) and the A10189 (Tilbury) junctions.|
|Whole weekend from 9pm, Friday 29 October to 5am, Monday 1 November||
A13 both directions – closed between the A1089 (Tilbury) and the A128 (Orsett Cock) junctions. Diversion via the M25, A127 and A128 (and vice versa) with a separate route for local traffic.
A1089 northbound – link road to the A13 eastbound closed. Diversion via the A13 westbound, M25, A127 and A128.
Orsett Cock roundabout closure, 15-18 October
Protecting towns and villages near the A13
You should not drive through Chadwell St Mary, Horndon on the Hill, Orsett, Stanford-le-Hope or Stifford Clays as an alternative to the A13, A1013 or the Orsett Cock roundabout, even if your sat nav directs you that way.
These residential towns and villages are not suitable for diversions as they have height, width and weight restrictions.
Measures will be in place to protect these areas during major closures for A13 widening, including:
- extra electronic and temporary signs warning drivers not to use unsuitable diversion routes
- closure of Stifford Clays Road for eastbound traffic between the A1012 North Stifford Interchange and the access road to numbers 2-24, preventing HGVs and other traffic from attempting to travel via Stifford Clays and Orsett
- a temporary one-way system in Horndon on the Hill, using Gordon Road northbound-only and Victoria Road southbound-only
- closure of Orsett Road in Horndon on the Hill in both directions between High Road (The Hole in the Wall) and Francis Close, but maintaining access to the post office, church and homes
These measures were developed with community forums to protect residents and local 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 full and partial 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 to flow more freely on the A1013 Stanford Road.
Linford Household Waste and Recycling Centre will remain open but visitors must access the site from the Linford end of Buckingham Hill Road, then exit via Linford. Traffic will be able to travel both ways along Butts Lane and Waltons Hall Road.
What's happening now
For more detail and photos of current works, go to what's happening now.