The Gallows Corner flyover is more than 50 years old (Credit: Google Maps)
The MP for Hornchurch and Upminster, Julia Lopez, secured up to £50 million of central government funding for the project in 2018.
TfL was previously considering adding a second flyover to join two parts of the A12 together or a like-for-like replacement of the current flyover.
A spokesperson said it is “continuing to explore all options thoroughly and are committed to finding the right solution for the area.”
However, TfL cannot access the £50 million until it makes a business case to the Department for Transport (DfT).
Progress on the bid appeared to have stalled and Lopez was concerned the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on TfL’s finances might result in the scheme being canceled.
She wrote to the Transport Minister, Baroness Vere, to ask whether her officials had received the business case but they had not.
TfL contacted the MP to go over its plans to submit an updated business case next spring, before the DfT’s approvals process in the summer.
“Given the importance of Gallows Corner to the local road network, we cannot go on relying on a ‘temporary’ flyover that is now fifty years old,” said Lopez.
“I was glad to receive the assurances from TfL that I had been looking for that they have the team in place to deliver a proper business case and upgrade scheme in the coming years.
“I appreciate that TfL has faced significant challenges with its finances, but I remain clear that Gallows Corner must not be forgotten as we emerge from the pandemic.
“I look forward to receiving more information from TfL about their work and will share details with constituents when I am able.”
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