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Christmas roadworks on the A127 Ardleigh Green bridge cancelled

A planned closure of the A127 over Christmas has been cancelled after the contractor pulled out, according to Transport for London.

TfL says this will not affect the scheduled reopening, which is set to be in spring 2019, but it could be up to a year until the work is able to be carried out again.

Local residents were informed of the planned closures in November, with work set to be carried from 23-26 of December.

In that letter, Nick Fairholme, from TfL, said it was necessary to carry the work out over the festive period as it is one of the few times of year that the railway underneath the bridge is closed for a significant period of time.

He added that the next suitable closure “would not be until Christmas 2019.”

But a spokesperson for TfL has told Time 107.5 that talks are ongoing with Network Rail to see if there was another time when it could happen; possibly during the Easter period.

The work which was due to be carried out involved removing the pillars which supported the old bridge. But they aren’t essential to the full reopening of the A127, and it should not affect the full opening next year.

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