There will be lane closures for part of today and part of Friday, to allow plants and mainly small trees to be removed ready for the junction improvements to begin in earnest on Monday 27th October.
The retrieved plants will be taken back to the Council’s nursery and replanted elsewhere in the borough, while the 13 trees taken away will soon be replaced by 26 new trees of varied species planted in and around the area.
Executive Councillor for Public Protection, Waste and Transport, Councillor Martin Terry said: “These landscape works on Thursday and Friday will prepare the way for the major junction improvements to start on Monday 27th October.
“We welcome the lead up to the start of this much-needed project because it is imperative for us to improve this important road junction and boost crucial access to Southend.
“We would like to reassure residents that most of the trees being removed are small and not very old. Most were planted when the roundabout was initially installed in the 1990s. Under the Council’s strict policy for tree removal, each one taken away will be replaced by another two.
“We would advise drivers to allow extra time for their journeys in case of delays caused by the temporary lane closures.”
For more details about the new junction scheme please visit: www.bettersouthend.com.
Further details about the project can be found here:http://www.southend.gov.uk/info/200447/better_southend/488/a127_tesco_s_junction_improvements/2