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A126 Traffic

West Thurrock to Tilbury Docks


There are no current incidents or roadworks on the a126. Drag the map to show traffic incidents in the surrounding area.


Traffic incidents

The following traffic incidents and congestion for a126 have been reported by Highways England, Traffic Scotland, Traffic Wales or Transport for London (TfL) in the last two hours:

There are no current incidents in this location.

a126 Roadworks

The following roadworks have been reported by various highways agencies and official transport sources. Click on a roadworks item to view more details on the traffic map.


The A126 is a major arterial route in the UK, connecting the cities of Basildon and Upminster in East London. It is one of the busiest roads in the region, with an estimated 80,000 vehicles travelling it every day.

The A126 was built in the 1930s, as part of a major improvement programme of the area following the opening of London’s first airport, Croydon Aerodrome. It replaced the sections of road from Broad Street, through Wickford and Orsett, to Upminster Station.

The busiest times for the A126 are during rush hour, when traffic can become quite congested. This can result in long delays, particularly on the stretch between Rainbow’s End and Upminster Station.

In terms of safety statistics, unfortunately the A126 has had more than its fair share of accidents over the years. In 2013 it had one of the highest accident rates in the region due to its large volume of traffic and lack of road safety measures. Since then, however, the number of accidents on the road has decreased significantly, with 2017 seeing the lowest number of collisions since records began.

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