DEMOLITION work on the old Orsett East Bridge over the A13 got underway last night.

Thurrock Council has warned residents of "significant" overnight noise whilst works are ongoing.

There are lane closures on the A13 in both directions at the Orsett Cock roundabout whilst works are completed. 

The closures will remain in place from 9pm on Friday to 5am on Monday. 

Drivers are being warned there may be delays of up to an hour.

Work is underway to widen the A13 from two to three lanes in both directions between the A128, Orsett Cock roundabout, and the A1014, The Manorway, Stanford-le-Hope.

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When complete, the widened section will join with the existing three-lane section of the A13, west of the A128, providing a continuous three-lane road in both directions between the M25 and Stanford-le-Hope.

As part of the work, four 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.

Thurrock Council says improving the A13 will boost the local economy, helping businesses to increase productivity, reduce costs and create more jobs.

A new low-noise road surface is being laid along with improved lighting, visibility, barriers and drainage.

The main works started in 2019 with the project set to be complete in autumn/winter 2021.

Find out more about the project here.