|From:||One Tree Hill (TQ707863)|
|Length:||5.7 miles (9.2 km)|
|Meets:||A13, A1321, A1235, A127, A129|
|Route outline (key)|
The A176 is a short A-road in south Essex.
The road starts on the A13 to the south of Basildon. This junction is a modified dumbbell with 3 roundabouts, which also provide access to the old A13 (now B1420 and B1464), all of which are met by the A176. It then continues north through the new town of Basildon as single carriageway. After going under the railway line it meets the B1007 and becomes dual. Indeed, the A176 is essentially an upgraded B1007 although in Basildon itself it is nowhere near the traditional route of that road.
The A176 continues north, turning left at the A1321 junction immediately afterwards. It continues on to meet the B148 and the A1235 at a roundabout just to the south of the junction with the A127 modified dumbbell.
We now lose our central reservation and shortly afterwards join what was the B1007. The road goes past the villages of Great and Little Burstead. It is more rural now. At the southern edge of Billericay a roundabout is reached where three of the four roads are numbered A176 (the fourth is unclassified).
The road to the left, Laindon Road, is one-way towards us so we have to bear right to end at the next roundabout on the A129 to the east of the town centre. The "extra" A176 can be explained by the fact that the A129 in Billericay itself is one-way westbound, so traffic heading east or south has to use Laindon Road to pass through town. This road starts at a roundabout on the A129 where the B1007 reappears and is only one-way for a short distance before the roundabout where it meets the main A176.
Original Author(s): Simon Hollett