Grays growth

High Street underpass

The High Street underpass will be a new pedestrian walkway under the railway line, replacing the current rail crossing with its bridge and barriers. This will make it much easier for people to walk along the High Street between north and south, bringing a big boost for Grays town centre.

There will also be major improvements on either side of the crossing, including town centre areas and the railway station.

What is involved

Planned improvements include:

  • new public squares to the north and south of the underpass, which will connect with the station to make the town more welcoming for people who arrive by train

  • new shops, cafés and restaurants around the public squares, which will make the area more attractive for residents, commuters, visitors and students

We are working with Network Rail and c2c on designs for the underpass and the areas around it.

South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) has awarded £10.8million of Local Growth funding for the underpass and public squares.

What's happening now

Our design team is looking at options for building the underpass structure, the public squares and other developments nearby.

Information on these options – including how you can have your say – will be published here when ready.

The design team will finish its work by spring 2021. Construction of the underpass is expected to begin in summer 2021.