The A127 has been identified as a key corridor for growth and further improvements to the A127 are needed at A127/A1015 Kent Elms and The Bell Junctions, as well as A127 Essential Bridge and Maintenance improvements as an integral part of the access improvements supporting the delivery of Business Park employment in areas adjacent to LSA, and provision of new housing in Rochford.
The A127 links London with Basildon and Southend and Rochford. In Basildon, the A127 corridor is home to one of the largest single concentrations of advanced manufacturing companies in the South of England. It makes substantial contributions to the prosperity of the SELEP area and offers considerable growth prospects. London Southend Airport, now with scheduled air services to Europe and hub airports for onward global travel, and planned business parks, will prove attractive to a wide range of global companies and offers capacity for at least 4,200 additional jobs up to 2021 and a further 3,180 post 2021. Southend and Rochford have agreed the Joint Area Action Plan (JAAP) to unlock these opportunities and the Council has appointed Henry Boot as their development partner.
To enable growth in Thames Gateway South Essex the A127 requires substantial improvement and a higher level of maintenance. The ‘A127 Corridor for Growth Economic Plan’, approved by Cabinet, sets out the rationale and supporting evidence in detail. The A127 Corridor for Growth package is a partnership project between Essex County Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. The Southend element includes A127 Kent Elms and A127 The Bell junction improvements, and A127 Essential Bridge and Highway Maintenance package.