|To:||South Woodham Ferrers (TQ797978)|
|Distance:||9.2 miles (14.8 km)|
|Meets:||A13, A1321, A1235, A127, A129, A130, A1245, B1012|
|Former Number(s):||B1011, B1012|
|Route outline (key)|
Pitsea - South Woodham Ferrers
The road starts on a grade-separated roundabout below the A13 (which is on a huge flyover) in Pitsea, an older development now swallowed up by Basildon. Although below the A13, the A132 itself starts on an elevated section of D2 road. The speed limit is 50 and would have been changed from NSL in recent years. After coming to ground level the road reaches an at-grade roundabout with the D2 A1321 and a local road. A further roundabout is passed with local roads and then a further roundabout junction with the A1235 and a local road. All this will be a very familiar arrangement to anyone who has driven in a 1960s new town.
There is a further roundabout to be negotiated for access to an industrial estate and superstore. This does not seem to appear on maps. After 2.4 miles from the start, the road reaches the Southend Arterial, A127. This junction is grade separated for the A127 and the A132's roundabout is below this.
A quarter of a mile later, the dual carriageway ends and this must be one of the original B road sections. It is not long, however, before the road reaches another roundabout and the town of Wickford which seems to be expanding to the south. Another D2 section is traversed and I assume is again new build. It's a 40 limit along here but this soon drops to 30.
Near the Town Centre the road reaches another roundabout junction, this time with the A129. The road has a short multiplex with the A129 under the railway bridge (with the A132 number dominant) before the A129 leaves again to the right; this is a LILO junction so can only be accessed from the southbound A132. Shortly afterwards is a further roundabout with local roads and an opportunity to U-turn to access the A129. Here the A132 loses the D2 again. Presently the environment becomes semi-rural and a 40 limit is regained.
After 6.3 miles from the start, the road reaches a junction with the newly built dual carriageway A130. The junction, although grade-separated for the A130 and partially grade-separated for the A132, looks to have been done on the cheap. Adding to the confusion is the old A130 (now unclassified/A1245) which is just beyond the new version. Although the A132 gets a small piece of dual carriageway to cross the A130 there are lights to allow the A132 westbound access to the A130 northbound. There is also a simple give way for the off ramp of the A130 northbound.
At this roundabout there are five exits. The first is the old A130 northbound, now unclassified; the second is an old bit of the B1012, now unclassified; third is our road on a newer build section; fourth is the old A130 southbound, now A1245, and the fifth takes us back on the A132 west.
Taking the third exit, the road gets its first bit of NSL and the new road is single carriageway but follows the railway line and is thus very straight and a comfortable 60 is possible all the way to the end. It doesn't quite make it to South Woodham Ferrers and rather ingloriously ends at a roundabout with two unclassified roads, not even making it to the next roundabout and the B1418. Presumably the A132 ends here as this is where it rejoins the old route of the B1012 and it is that road that takes us on into the newly expanded town.
The original 1950s A132 took over the road through Wickford, between the A127 and A130; this was formerly the B1011 to the south and B1012 to the north. Construction of the New Town of Basildon extended the A132 southwards along a new-build road to the A13; this did not take over any of the B1011 which ran parallel on its original line until at least the 1970s. Later still, a new road, thus extending the A132, was built east of the A130 as far as South Woodham Ferrers, bypassing the B1012 which was declassified.
Original Author(s): Ian