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 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.

Dates Restriction for this project
2 nights, Wednesday 14 April to Thursday 15 April, 9pm till 5am

A13 eastbound – exit slip road closed towards the A128 (Orsett Cock). Diversion via the A13 eastbound, A176, A127 and A128. Traffic for Stanford-le-Hope and Horndon can exit at the A1014 junction.

Orsett Cock roundabout – closed on the west side of the roundabout between the A13 westbound entry slip road and the A128 northbound. Diversion via the A13 westbound to the A1012 (Grays) junction and return on the A13 eastbound to follow the diversion route described above.

Whole weekend from 9pm, Friday 16 April till 5am, Monday 19 April A13 both directions – closed between the A128 (Orsett Cock) and the A1014 (Stanford-le-Hope). Non-local traffic should avoid the A13 closure by using the A127. A diversion for local traffic will be via the A1013 Stanford Road.
4 nights, Monday 19 April to Thursday 22 April, 9pm till 5am A13 westbound – closed between the A1014 (Stanford-le-Hope) junction and the A128 (Orsett Cock) junction. Diversion via the A1013 Stanford Road.
Whole weekend, including Friday from 7am, Friday 23 April till 7am, Monday 26 April Orsett Cock roundabout – one lane closed around the roundabout and on its approaches.
Early May bank holiday, Friday 30 April to Monday 3 May No road closures during the bank holiday weekend.
1 night, Wednesday 5 May, 9pm till 5am

A13 westbound – slip road closed from the Orsett Cock roundabout onto the A13 westbound. Diversion via the A13 eastbound to the A1014 junction and back again on the A13 westbound.

A1013 Stanford Road – closed in both directions between Rectory Road and Orsett Cock roundabout. Diversions via the A128, Prince Charles Avenue, Rectory Road and vice versa.

Election day, Thursday 6 May No road closures after 5am on local election day.
Late May bank holiday, Friday 28 May to Monday 31 May No road closures during the bank holiday weekend.

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.