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
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.
No closures are planned for the weekend from Friday 23 October to Monday 26 October.
Details of future planned closures will be published here when confirmed.
Slip road diversion map
The diversion below – via the exit slip road, roundabout and entry slip road – apply when the A13 is closed in both directions beneath the A128 junction (Orsett Cock Roundabout).
Alternative route diversion map
The alternative routes below – via the A127 and M25 – apply when the A13 is closed in both directions between the A128 junction (Orsett Cock roundabout) and the A1014 junction (Stanford-le-Hope).
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 full and partial 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 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 the temporary one-way system around Buckingham Hill Road, Butts Lane and Waltons Hall Road will not be in use. 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.