£3.2million windfall for Tesco junction scheme

Southend Standard: £3.2million windfall for Tesco junction scheme £3.2million windfall for Tesco junction scheme

ONE of the busiest junctions on the A127 is to undergo a £4.75 million revamp next year after the Government pledged to foot most of the bill.

The Tesco roundabout revamp, at the junction of Nestuda Way, will include more lanes, traffic lights and six months of traffic delays.

Work will start in July. Southend Council says changes were needed to provide for growth as Southend Airport attracts more business to the town.

Council leader Nigel Holdcroft said: “This is excellent news and demonstrates strong support for our plans to remove bottlenecks on the A127.

“Improving access into Southend will create jobs and boost the local economy.”

Transport officers are yet to finalise plans for the roundabout, but the draft includes more lanes and “smart” traffic lights that can sense how much traffic is waiting, similar to Cuckoo Corner.

The Southend-bound carriageway of the A127 may be widened from two to four lanes and right turning lanes may be added to Nestuda Way and Thanet Grange, which leads to Tesco and RBS, to stop waiting vehicles blocking others.

The Government will pay £3.2million towards the scheme, due to be completed by March 2015, with the rest coming from council coffers.

The council hopes the scheme will support the creation of 7,000 jobs and the construction of 1,785 houses by 2021. Most jobs are earmarked for a new Airport Business Park, off Cherry Orchard Way, which is reached from Nestuda Way.

The council has asked for more cash to redevelop the Kent Elms and Bell junctions of the A127 and expects to hear back next July. Any work would start after the Tesco Roundabout is finished.

Tony Cox, councillor responsible for transport, said: “We gave a commitment to reduce congestion at the junctions on the A127 following the improvements at both Cuckoo Corner and Progress Road, which were delivered on budget and on time.

“Improving the Tesco roundabout junction will not only ease congestion and improve traffic flow, it will also offer a major boost to encouraging economic growth at the proposed Airport Business Park.

“We are also actively making the case for further investment to secure improvements at Kent Elms Corner and the Bell.

“The improvement at the Tesco roundabout is an important further step towards completing all five junctions and represents strong government support for our plans.”

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8:41am Mon 16 Dec 13

Nebs says...

I'm surprised the council have that much money to spare.
I'm surprised the council have that much money to spare. Nebs

8:58am Mon 16 Dec 13

Dan-Hockley says...

Surely Tesco & RBS should foot the whole bill given that it's their building that's causing the problem.
Surely Tesco & RBS should foot the whole bill given that it's their building that's causing the problem. Dan-Hockley

8:59am Mon 16 Dec 13

andyh says...

Will this finally allow an obvious route from Tesco to the South and vice versa? If not, why not? Fixing that might also have a beneficial knock-on effect to Kent Elms.

also:
“smart” traffic lights that can sense how much traffic is waiting, similar to Cuckoo Corner.
you mean that the Cuckoo Corner lights are supposed to be smart?
Will this finally allow an obvious route from Tesco to the South and vice versa? If not, why not? Fixing that might also have a beneficial knock-on effect to Kent Elms. also: “smart” traffic lights that can sense how much traffic is waiting, similar to Cuckoo Corner. you mean that the Cuckoo Corner lights are supposed to be smart? andyh

9:26am Mon 16 Dec 13

w-jback says...

Although the lights at Cuckoo Corner don't appear to be that smart, anyone traveling from East Southend and Shoebury must love them because traffic coming from Priory Crescent no longer queues for miles, and rather than avoid the route it is now usable, even if it means other roads now have to wait a for a tiny little bit!
Although the lights at Cuckoo Corner don't appear to be that smart, anyone traveling from East Southend and Shoebury must love them because traffic coming from Priory Crescent no longer queues for miles, and rather than avoid the route it is now usable, even if it means other roads now have to wait a for a tiny little bit! w-jback

9:28am Mon 16 Dec 13

w-jback says...

Before digging up and changing the junction completely why not just try smart traffic lights in the first place?
Before digging up and changing the junction completely why not just try smart traffic lights in the first place? w-jback

9:32am Mon 16 Dec 13

Test Tickle says...

ONE of the busiest junctions on the A127 is to undergo a £4.75 million revamp next year after the Government pledged to foot most of the bill.

Using taxpayers money of course, would it not make more sense to relocate Tesco to the new proposed business park and get it off the main route into Southend, as the supermarket does seem to be the main cause of traffic flow problems at the roundabout.
ONE of the busiest junctions on the A127 is to undergo a £4.75 million revamp next year after the Government pledged to foot most of the bill. Using taxpayers money of course, would it not make more sense to relocate Tesco to the new proposed business park and get it off the main route into Southend, as the supermarket does seem to be the main cause of traffic flow problems at the roundabout. Test Tickle

9:40am Mon 16 Dec 13

w-jback says...

Trouble is, with or without Tesco the road is too busy.
Best Idea is to stop spending money just moving the problem further up the road (The Bell, Kent Elms and Nestuda Way are blocked at busy times) and build another road out of Southend ! Yes it would have to go to the north and upset some of the villages but it is the only answer and will have to be built one day! Do it now and stop spending money on trying to fix these junctions.
Trouble is, with or without Tesco the road is too busy. Best Idea is to stop spending money just moving the problem further up the road (The Bell, Kent Elms and Nestuda Way are blocked at busy times) and build another road out of Southend ! Yes it would have to go to the north and upset some of the villages but it is the only answer and will have to be built one day! Do it now and stop spending money on trying to fix these junctions. w-jback

9:54am Mon 16 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

This is the junction that wasn't there until Tesco built their store.

Maybe Tesco should foot the bill as it was their presence that rerouted the A127 and causes the 'busyness' and congestion there.
This is the junction that wasn't there until Tesco built their store. Maybe Tesco should foot the bill as it was their presence that rerouted the A127 and causes the 'busyness' and congestion there. Howard Cháse

11:58am Mon 16 Dec 13

max zorin says...

oh great more poxy traffic lights, i would have thought they would cause more delays as they take forever to change.
oh great more poxy traffic lights, i would have thought they would cause more delays as they take forever to change. max zorin

12:01pm Mon 16 Dec 13

paintlad3 says...

about time too!
about time too! paintlad3

1:33pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Nebs says...

The new junction, and the A127 itself, will have to cope with:
Increased numbers of cars driving to the airport as passenger numbers increase.
Increased numbers of cars for the 7,000 employees at Cherry Orchard Way
Increased commercial traffic for the new businesses at Cherry Orchard Way
Increased numbers of cars for the 1,785 houses.
Time to make the whole road 3 lanes each way, or build another road.
The new junction, and the A127 itself, will have to cope with: Increased numbers of cars driving to the airport as passenger numbers increase. Increased numbers of cars for the 7,000 employees at Cherry Orchard Way Increased commercial traffic for the new businesses at Cherry Orchard Way Increased numbers of cars for the 1,785 houses. Time to make the whole road 3 lanes each way, or build another road. Nebs

2:41pm Mon 16 Dec 13

John T Pharro says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
This is the junction that wasn't there until Tesco built their store.

Maybe Tesco should foot the bill as it was their presence that rerouted the A127 and causes the 'busyness' and congestion there.
Well said and wouldn't you have thought the "experts" would have got it right in the first place? What next Sadler's Farm? The A13 at Corringham?
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: This is the junction that wasn't there until Tesco built their store. Maybe Tesco should foot the bill as it was their presence that rerouted the A127 and causes the 'busyness' and congestion there.[/p][/quote]Well said and wouldn't you have thought the "experts" would have got it right in the first place? What next Sadler's Farm? The A13 at Corringham? John T Pharro

4:14pm Mon 16 Dec 13

jolllyboy says...

The junction was built for Tesco and the airport. It should never, ever, have been made the way it is. Who would have made any other town's entrance via a supermarket. I doubt whatever they do will benefit the town only the airport . Who wants to go into the town anyway - there's not much there except students. looking at some old photos of the town i am ashamed with what has been done. All the old knocked down (done by letting this rot and then saying it cost too much to put right). We build on sites that could be made interesting for visitors. Other towns enhance the areas where they have had argeological digs, not here. how many old building do we have left compared to say Brighton..
The junction was built for Tesco and the airport. It should never, ever, have been made the way it is. Who would have made any other town's entrance via a supermarket. I doubt whatever they do will benefit the town only the airport . Who wants to go into the town anyway - there's not much there except students. looking at some old photos of the town i am ashamed with what has been done. All the old knocked down (done by letting this rot and then saying it cost too much to put right). We build on sites that could be made interesting for visitors. Other towns enhance the areas where they have had argeological digs, not here. how many old building do we have left compared to say Brighton.. jolllyboy

4:20pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

Great. More road works. Let's hope it doesn't drag on as long as the Sadlers' Farm saga.
Great. More road works. Let's hope it doesn't drag on as long as the Sadlers' Farm saga. Kim Gandy

4:54pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Good news for the airport too....
Good news for the airport too.... Nowthatsworthknowing

6:04pm Mon 16 Dec 13

pierfan_43 says...

The council are welcome to put the club card points on my card if they can't find theirs...,
The council are welcome to put the club card points on my card if they can't find theirs..., pierfan_43

6:16pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

pierfan_43 wrote:
The council are welcome to put the club card points on my card if they can't find theirs...,
Don't worry, we will be having an extra large knees up this Christmas, what a fantastic spread, fine wines an all....
[quote][p][bold]pierfan_43[/bold] wrote: The council are welcome to put the club card points on my card if they can't find theirs...,[/p][/quote]Don't worry, we will be having an extra large knees up this Christmas, what a fantastic spread, fine wines an all.... Nowthatsworthknowing

6:17pm Mon 16 Dec 13

woolstone says...

Here we go again.
Here we go again. woolstone

7:44pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Joe Clark says...

jolllyboy wrote:
The junction was built for Tesco and the airport. It should never, ever, have been made the way it is. Who would have made any other town's entrance via a supermarket. I doubt whatever they do will benefit the town only the airport . Who wants to go into the town anyway - there's not much there except students. looking at some old photos of the town i am ashamed with what has been done. All the old knocked down (done by letting this rot and then saying it cost too much to put right). We build on sites that could be made interesting for visitors. Other towns enhance the areas where they have had argeological digs, not here. how many old building do we have left compared to say Brighton..
You seem a very negative person what if one of those students you seem to so negative about go on to create something that saves lives or become the next Richard Branson and put the money into life saving medical research surely that would be tremendous and some thing to really celebrate.

As for old buildings being knocked down what needs to be remembered many have not been owned by the council many times you do not need planning permission to knock down a building that has no preservation order on it.

As for Brighton yes it has some nice building but look at West Pier a grade 1 listed pier left to rot until it burnt and collapsed, yes I know it's privately owned they were awarded £15million for it's restoration but they failed to get working on it and now it has lost the funding and possibly (need to check) the listing.
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: The junction was built for Tesco and the airport. It should never, ever, have been made the way it is. Who would have made any other town's entrance via a supermarket. I doubt whatever they do will benefit the town only the airport . Who wants to go into the town anyway - there's not much there except students. looking at some old photos of the town i am ashamed with what has been done. All the old knocked down (done by letting this rot and then saying it cost too much to put right). We build on sites that could be made interesting for visitors. Other towns enhance the areas where they have had argeological digs, not here. how many old building do we have left compared to say Brighton..[/p][/quote]You seem a very negative person what if one of those students you seem to so negative about go on to create something that saves lives or become the next Richard Branson and put the money into life saving medical research surely that would be tremendous and some thing to really celebrate. As for old buildings being knocked down what needs to be remembered many have not been owned by the council many times you do not need planning permission to knock down a building that has no preservation order on it. As for Brighton yes it has some nice building but look at West Pier a grade 1 listed pier left to rot until it burnt and collapsed, yes I know it's privately owned they were awarded £15million for it's restoration but they failed to get working on it and now it has lost the funding and possibly (need to check) the listing. Joe Clark

8:47pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Keptquiettillnow says...

I am not sure where people believe they will get to quicker. All the improvements I have heard in 30 years I have lived here and yet it still takes longer than ever to drive anywhere in Southend. Why is this going to be any different?
I am not sure where people believe they will get to quicker. All the improvements I have heard in 30 years I have lived here and yet it still takes longer than ever to drive anywhere in Southend. Why is this going to be any different? Keptquiettillnow

9:33pm Mon 16 Dec 13

ciscosquid says...

What a top-notch sales job!!
"The Tesco roundabout revamp, at the junction of Nestuda Way, will include more lanes, traffic lights and six months of traffic delays. "
I am just itching to be there.

Tell you what - keep the traffic flowing, reduce the parking restrictions and perhaps I will actually head towards Southend rather than away from it.
What a top-notch sales job!! "The Tesco roundabout revamp, at the junction of Nestuda Way, will include more lanes, traffic lights and six months of traffic delays. " I am just itching to be there. Tell you what - keep the traffic flowing, reduce the parking restrictions and perhaps I will actually head towards Southend rather than away from it. ciscosquid

8:27am Tue 17 Dec 13

Realworld says...

The plans are for 4-way traffic lights and whilst there may be additional lanes this crack pot idea will be guaranteed to bring the traffic to a complete standstill all day long instead of just peak periods. Whilst I agree with comments that Tesco should provide some funding ultimately the fault for the current problem lies squarely with the Council for granting the original store location adjacent to a major arterial route in the forst place!! (er... superstore, cars, gridlock? duh! who'd have thought eh?) Remember - this latest crazy idea is brought to you by the imbeciles that thought traffic lights at Cuckoo Corner and Victoria Gateway were a good idea!!
The plans are for 4-way traffic lights and whilst there may be additional lanes this crack pot idea will be guaranteed to bring the traffic to a complete standstill all day long instead of just peak periods. Whilst I agree with comments that Tesco should provide some funding ultimately the fault for the current problem lies squarely with the Council for granting the original store location adjacent to a major arterial route in the forst place!! (er... superstore, cars, gridlock? duh! who'd have thought eh?) Remember - this latest crazy idea is brought to you by the imbeciles that thought traffic lights at Cuckoo Corner and Victoria Gateway were a good idea!! Realworld

1:04pm Tue 17 Dec 13

disgusted of essex says...

This scheme would have some merit if there was a an exit to the south up Westbourne Grove (A1158), but sadly I have seen nothing that confirms this. This would have major benefits to local people and the emergency services. If this were to happen it would relieve traffic at the junctions at Kent Elms and The Bell, by allowing local traffic easier access to Westcliff and Leigh. Ablulances would also have easier access to the hospital from the north.
This scheme would have some merit if there was a an exit to the south up Westbourne Grove (A1158), but sadly I have seen nothing that confirms this. This would have major benefits to local people and the emergency services. If this were to happen it would relieve traffic at the junctions at Kent Elms and The Bell, by allowing local traffic easier access to Westcliff and Leigh. Ablulances would also have easier access to the hospital from the north. disgusted of essex

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