Revamp to ease A127 problems is unveiled

Revamp to ease A127 problems is unveiled

Revamp to ease A127 problems is unveiled

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MORE details of a £4.75million revamp of one of the A127’s busiest junctions have emerged.

The overhaul of the Tesco roundabout, in Southend, set to start in September, will include more space for cars waiting to turn right to Westcliff and Leigh down Prince Avenue, just before the major junction, where the A127 meets Nestuda Way.

The existing 65-yard feeder lane fills up at busy times, with cars backing up on the right hand lane of the Southend-bound carriageway of the A127, blocking traffic and risking safety as lorries hurtle round the upcoming bend at 40mph.

The feeder lane would be trebled in length and widened to three yards under the revamp, part-funded by a £3.26million Government grant.

Tony Cox, Southend councillor responsible for transport, said: “That right hand turn causes quite considerable tailbacks and anything that can be done to reduce jams can only be a good thing.

“It will allow freer flowing up to the main junction.

“The tailbacks were a particular bugbear of mine. This will be an improvement and I’m pleased it has been included in the scheme.”

Independent Prittlewell councillor Ric Morgan, who uses the turn on his way home to Hobleythick Lane, Westcliff, said: “It’s a good idea for safety and a good idea generally for people trying to get into Prittewell.

“Quite often when you come up to it, you are stuck on the carriageway.”

New staggered “Toucan”

crossings, for pedestrians and cyclists, will be introduced across Thanet Grange, leading up to Tesco and the RBS offices, and Nestuda Way, which leads towards Eastwood, Rochford and Southend Airport.

Both Thanet Grange and Nestuda Way will be widened from two to three lanes as they approach the roundabout, which will have new traffic lights with sensor tracking the amount of approaching traffic similar to Cuckoo Corner, the Echo revealed in January.

The Southend-bound carriageway of the A127 will lose its dedicated lane for turning left onto Nestuda Way and be widened to four lanes as it approaches the roundabout.

Extra lanes would be added to both the Southend-bound and London-bound carriageways of the A127 as they exit the roundabout.

The work is set to last until April next year and the junction will be complete by July next year.

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11:11am Fri 14 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Tesco should pay for it. Never a bottleneck there before they had the road rerouted ....
Tesco should pay for it. Never a bottleneck there before they had the road rerouted .... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 18

12:10pm Fri 14 Mar 14

onorris24 says...

surely its best to be able to allow people to pass through the roundabout without having to stop? allowing a flow is better than having to stop surely....
surely its best to be able to allow people to pass through the roundabout without having to stop? allowing a flow is better than having to stop surely.... onorris24
  • Score: 8

12:25pm Fri 14 Mar 14

the citizen says...

onorris24 wrote:
surely its best to be able to allow people to pass through the roundabout without having to stop? allowing a flow is better than having to stop surely....
Not necessarily......rou
ndabouts also perform a function in that they allow traffic to move in measured amounts. They prevent lots of traffic hitting the next bottleneck all at the same time. The slowing down is actually a means by which traffic flows stays constant. eg Fortune of War. To take out roundabouts can often lead to more congestion problems. eg the Rayleigh Weir underpass looks good, works well at off peak, but it also allows traffic to hit Progress Road constantly in large numbers at peak times =congestion. The junction improvements at Progress can move the traffic quickly on to Kent Elms, (which has the worst traffic light management of any main junction in the Borough) = congestion. etc etc All attempts to increase flow just move the problems further up the road. Roundabouts are best when one flow does not dominate (unlike the Tesco roundabout atm). The best solution is to reduce the number of cars on the road - but that is unlikely to happen, unless we get car sharing and company car-pools working well, like they do on the Continent..
[quote][p][bold]onorris24[/bold] wrote: surely its best to be able to allow people to pass through the roundabout without having to stop? allowing a flow is better than having to stop surely....[/p][/quote]Not necessarily......rou ndabouts also perform a function in that they allow traffic to move in measured amounts. They prevent lots of traffic hitting the next bottleneck all at the same time. The slowing down is actually a means by which traffic flows stays constant. eg Fortune of War. To take out roundabouts can often lead to more congestion problems. eg the Rayleigh Weir underpass looks good, works well at off peak, but it also allows traffic to hit Progress Road constantly in large numbers at peak times =congestion. The junction improvements at Progress can move the traffic quickly on to Kent Elms, (which has the worst traffic light management of any main junction in the Borough) = congestion. etc etc All attempts to increase flow just move the problems further up the road. Roundabouts are best when one flow does not dominate (unlike the Tesco roundabout atm). The best solution is to reduce the number of cars on the road - but that is unlikely to happen, unless we get car sharing and company car-pools working well, like they do on the Continent.. the citizen
  • Score: 2

12:34pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

the citizen wrote:
onorris24 wrote:
surely its best to be able to allow people to pass through the roundabout without having to stop? allowing a flow is better than having to stop surely....
Not necessarily......rou

ndabouts also perform a function in that they allow traffic to move in measured amounts. They prevent lots of traffic hitting the next bottleneck all at the same time. The slowing down is actually a means by which traffic flows stays constant. eg Fortune of War. To take out roundabouts can often lead to more congestion problems. eg the Rayleigh Weir underpass looks good, works well at off peak, but it also allows traffic to hit Progress Road constantly in large numbers at peak times =congestion. The junction improvements at Progress can move the traffic quickly on to Kent Elms, (which has the worst traffic light management of any main junction in the Borough) = congestion. etc etc All attempts to increase flow just move the problems further up the road. Roundabouts are best when one flow does not dominate (unlike the Tesco roundabout atm). The best solution is to reduce the number of cars on the road - but that is unlikely to happen, unless we get car sharing and company car-pools working well, like they do on the Continent..
Stick another roundabout either side of this this one.....
[quote][p][bold]the citizen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]onorris24[/bold] wrote: surely its best to be able to allow people to pass through the roundabout without having to stop? allowing a flow is better than having to stop surely....[/p][/quote]Not necessarily......rou ndabouts also perform a function in that they allow traffic to move in measured amounts. They prevent lots of traffic hitting the next bottleneck all at the same time. The slowing down is actually a means by which traffic flows stays constant. eg Fortune of War. To take out roundabouts can often lead to more congestion problems. eg the Rayleigh Weir underpass looks good, works well at off peak, but it also allows traffic to hit Progress Road constantly in large numbers at peak times =congestion. The junction improvements at Progress can move the traffic quickly on to Kent Elms, (which has the worst traffic light management of any main junction in the Borough) = congestion. etc etc All attempts to increase flow just move the problems further up the road. Roundabouts are best when one flow does not dominate (unlike the Tesco roundabout atm). The best solution is to reduce the number of cars on the road - but that is unlikely to happen, unless we get car sharing and company car-pools working well, like they do on the Continent..[/p][/quote]Stick another roundabout either side of this this one..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: -5

1:06pm Fri 14 Mar 14

maxell says...

what about the road that comes off of st lawrences ?(the new bit) and goes across the field and out onto the rochford road, or that joins up with the houses that have been aproached for compusory purchase in feeches road up the top by the ally and also by the gate to the park also in the cresents that ajoin feeches rd. If they put the road across the field then that would = building land as property could then be built either side , I cant see cash straped southend council from missing out on an upgrade like this when they do not have to fork the total bill, which will of course run over, my opinion as always
what about the road that comes off of st lawrences ?(the new bit) and goes across the field and out onto the rochford road, or that joins up with the houses that have been aproached for compusory purchase in feeches road up the top by the ally and also by the gate to the park also in the cresents that ajoin feeches rd. If they put the road across the field then that would = building land as property could then be built either side , I cant see cash straped southend council from missing out on an upgrade like this when they do not have to fork the total bill, which will of course run over, my opinion as always maxell
  • Score: 0

1:39pm Fri 14 Mar 14

TheaWells says...

Where can we see plans please? I'd like to know what they are planning as I live here and no one has shown us anything. Just a survey last year.
Where can we see plans please? I'd like to know what they are planning as I live here and no one has shown us anything. Just a survey last year. TheaWells
  • Score: 9

2:41pm Fri 14 Mar 14

andyh says...

Sounds generally sensible, but there is still no action on making a sensible route to/from Tescos to the South (Leigh)
Sounds generally sensible, but there is still no action on making a sensible route to/from Tescos to the South (Leigh) andyh
  • Score: 9

4:29pm Fri 14 Mar 14

jolllyboy says...

We need to see the plans because something doesnt quite gel with what is said here. Coming from Tesco to then turn towards kent elms is dangerous and I cannot see this improves that.
We need to see the plans because something doesnt quite gel with what is said here. Coming from Tesco to then turn towards kent elms is dangerous and I cannot see this improves that. jolllyboy
  • Score: -4

5:12pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Cockle says...

andyh wrote:
Sounds generally sensible, but there is still no action on making a sensible route to/from Tescos to the South (Leigh)
Nor will there be.

The current layout, which basically makes it impossible for traffic to/from Tesco to use Westbourne and Southbourne Groves, was done deliberately when Tesco's was built precisely to stop Tesco traffic using those two roads. This was the result of a great deal of lobbying by those resident in those roads at the time. This has, of course, had the desired result of keeping traffic flows low in those two roads but has also had the knock on effect of forcing the Tesco traffic onto the junctions at Kent Elms and the Bell; and of course, increasing the traffic flows in Bridgewater Drive and Hobleythick Lane which take 50% of this traffic each rather than the 33% or so that they would otherwise.
[quote][p][bold]andyh[/bold] wrote: Sounds generally sensible, but there is still no action on making a sensible route to/from Tescos to the South (Leigh)[/p][/quote]Nor will there be. The current layout, which basically makes it impossible for traffic to/from Tesco to use Westbourne and Southbourne Groves, was done deliberately when Tesco's was built precisely to stop Tesco traffic using those two roads. This was the result of a great deal of lobbying by those resident in those roads at the time. This has, of course, had the desired result of keeping traffic flows low in those two roads but has also had the knock on effect of forcing the Tesco traffic onto the junctions at Kent Elms and the Bell; and of course, increasing the traffic flows in Bridgewater Drive and Hobleythick Lane which take 50% of this traffic each rather than the 33% or so that they would otherwise. Cockle
  • Score: 7

7:04pm Fri 14 Mar 14

disgusted of essex says...

andyh wrote:
Sounds generally sensible, but there is still no action on making a sensible route to/from Tescos to the South (Leigh)
That is exactly what I have been saying since Tesco's was built, I have raised it on a number of occasions with Councillors.
[quote][p][bold]andyh[/bold] wrote: Sounds generally sensible, but there is still no action on making a sensible route to/from Tescos to the South (Leigh)[/p][/quote]That is exactly what I have been saying since Tesco's was built, I have raised it on a number of occasions with Councillors. disgusted of essex
  • Score: 5

8:51pm Fri 14 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Tesco should pay for it. Never a bottleneck there before they had the road rerouted ....
Section 106?
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Tesco should pay for it. Never a bottleneck there before they had the road rerouted ....[/p][/quote]Section 106? ThisYear
  • Score: 3

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