£155million boost for roads and transport in South Essex.

This stretch of the A13 at Stanford-le-Hope is one of the region's roads in line for a major overhaul

This stretch of the A13 at Stanford-le-Hope is one of the region's roads in line for a major overhaul

First published in Southend

WORK is set to begin on three major transport schemes in South Essex after the Government agreed to plough in £155.8m of funding.

A four-and-a-half mile stretch of the A13 between Pitsea and the Orsett Cock, in Thurrock, is to be widened to six lanes while the A127 will get an overhaul at four-pinch points.

Southend’s Victoria Avenue will also get a facelift, while transport in the town will get a £7million boost.

Funding for the projects, seen as crucial to the economy in South Essex, was secured by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.

The Government announced today that the region is to receive £442.2million of funding as part of a “Growth Deal”, meaning important road improvements can begin.

A total of £49.6million will be invested in 2015/16 in the A127, a sustainable transport programme across South Essex, and an integrated transport package for Basildon – which will tweak junctions to prevent congestion.

In 2016/17 and beyond Thurrock will also see £5million investment to its cycling network, plus £7.5m to improve public transport to the London Gateway from Stanford-le-Hope and reconstruction of the A1014.

A £90million programme to widen the A13 between the Orsett Cock roundabout and Pitsea is among the schemes given the go-ahead.

DP World, which is spending £1.5billion building the London Gateway port and logistics park in Stanford-le-Hope had already pledged £10million to the scheme.

David Burch, of the Essex Chambers of Commerce said: “It’s very good news for Essex and the Thames Gateway area in particular.

“The local enterprise partnership submitted a long list of ‘asks’, but these are some of the key things asked for.

“We very much welcome them. They are certainly all things identified by businesses as potential barriers to growth.

“These are steps along the right road, if you excuse the pun, to break down those barriers and help businesses grow.”

The A127 is set for a multi-million pound revamp with four pinch points earmarked for multi-million pound overhauls to unblock traffic jams and boost the South Essex economy.

The Fairglen and Nevendon interchanges and Kent Elms and Bell junctions will all be improved over the next six years.

A new slip road connecting the A127 to the A130 at the Fairglen Interchange, between Rayleigh and Basildon, will be built, there will be extra lanes added at the Kent Elms and Bell junctions in Southend and an extra lane added to the Nevendon Interchange roundabout to Wickford.

The tricky revamp of the Fairglen Interchange, which is used by more than 70,000 vehicles a day, could cost up to £15million alone as it may need the compulsory purchase of Morbec Farm, estimated at more than £1million.

Fourth lanes could be added to the approaches in £5million overhauls of the Kent Elms and Bell junctions and the dedicated right turn feeder lanes extended to prevent waiting vehicles from blocking through-traffic.

Footbridges at both junctions would be lost to carriageway widening and replaced by “toucan” crossings, which are for pedestrians and cyclists.

A third lane could be added to the roundabout at the Nevendon Interchange, stopping traffic heading to Wickford via the A132 from backing up onto the A127, which would cost of £893,000.

At the time of going to press the SE LEP couldn’t confirm where the £49.6million would be allocated.

Southend will get a major facelift, with more £6.7million to flatten derelict office blocks blighting Victoria Avenue and £7million to improve transport in the town centre.

It is hoped the redevelopment, which is expected to include improvements to Queensway, will help create 2,000 new homes and up to 6,500 new jobs.

Peter Jones, chairman of the SE LEP, said: “This initial funding is tremendously good news for our businesses and residents – addressing years of under-funding of the south east’s transport network. It’s not only a matter of improving mobility around the area but providing links which open up major new sites for housing and business development.”

WHO IS GETTING WHAT?

- £80million towards widening the A13

- £6.7million to create a growth hub in central Southend and improve Victoria Avenue

- £49.6million towards A127 improvements, improved traffic flow in Basildon and sustainable transport across South Essex

- £7million to improve transport in central Southend

- £7.5million for an integrated transport package to improve the London Gateway from Stanford-le-Hope and reconstruction of the A1014

- £5million to improve Thurrock’s cycling network.

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1:51pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Mattster says...

I bet they still dont straighten the fortune of war junction!
I bet they still dont straighten the fortune of war junction! Mattster
  • Score: 29

2:31pm Mon 7 Jul 14

The Macduffian says...

Any balance can be used to fill the potholes
Any balance can be used to fill the potholes The Macduffian
  • Score: 20

3:44pm Mon 7 Jul 14

marshman says...

Victoria Avenue?

Oh no not again.

What loony scheme have they got up their sleeves this time?
Victoria Avenue? Oh no not again. What loony scheme have they got up their sleeves this time? marshman
  • Score: 14

3:52pm Mon 7 Jul 14

1nails says...

There has to be a lot put aside to repair potholes. This situation is getting crazy.
There has to be a lot put aside to repair potholes. This situation is getting crazy. 1nails
  • Score: 15

4:28pm Mon 7 Jul 14

ChampKind says...

They can give the A13 twenty seven lanes, but until people start driving in the correct lane, and stay the correct distance from the vehicle in front you will still have problems.
They can give the A13 twenty seven lanes, but until people start driving in the correct lane, and stay the correct distance from the vehicle in front you will still have problems. ChampKind
  • Score: 41

4:34pm Mon 7 Jul 14

TheaWells says...

Where can we see the actual plans please?

We were sent a questionnaire last year but we have not been sent any plans or any news that plans have been accepted.

" there will be extra lanes added at the Kent Elms and Bell junctions in Southend"

I'd very very much like to see the plans for this in particular as I suspect it will impact my property.
Where can we see the actual plans please? We were sent a questionnaire last year but we have not been sent any plans or any news that plans have been accepted. " there will be extra lanes added at the Kent Elms and Bell junctions in Southend" I'd very very much like to see the plans for this in particular as I suspect it will impact my property. TheaWells
  • Score: 10

4:47pm Mon 7 Jul 14

n-unknown says...

(I know this is echoing a few other people)

One word....POTHOLES!!!
(I know this is echoing a few other people) One word....POTHOLES!!! n-unknown
  • Score: 8

5:13pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Almeda11 says...

1nails wrote:
There has to be a lot put aside to repair potholes. This situation is getting crazy.
Completely agree, whatever else they do ie, widening roads, adding lanes ect, is not going to be of any real joy to the motorist or cyclist if the roads are still full of potholes !!
[quote][p][bold]1nails[/bold] wrote: There has to be a lot put aside to repair potholes. This situation is getting crazy.[/p][/quote]Completely agree, whatever else they do ie, widening roads, adding lanes ect, is not going to be of any real joy to the motorist or cyclist if the roads are still full of potholes !! Almeda11
  • Score: 9

5:22pm Mon 7 Jul 14

jolllyboy says...

When they say make an extra lane it usually means narrowing those that are there ! Not acceptable. As for improving transport in central southend - its not there it is needed . Belfairs/Blenheim area is as usual neglected where we cannot get to our nearest town - Leigh !
I have no doubt all this is going to do is improve access to the airport. Whilst I have no objection to that most of time we dont fly ! we go to work. What they have done for cylists so far is not worth a bar of chocolate since all they do is hamper the other traffic.
When they say make an extra lane it usually means narrowing those that are there ! Not acceptable. As for improving transport in central southend - its not there it is needed . Belfairs/Blenheim area is as usual neglected where we cannot get to our nearest town - Leigh ! I have no doubt all this is going to do is improve access to the airport. Whilst I have no objection to that most of time we dont fly ! we go to work. What they have done for cylists so far is not worth a bar of chocolate since all they do is hamper the other traffic. jolllyboy
  • Score: 0

6:00pm Mon 7 Jul 14

depotman says...

all I see is 5 years of road works and delays then when its all up and running total congestion like we have now with the vic circus junction
all I see is 5 years of road works and delays then when its all up and running total congestion like we have now with the vic circus junction depotman
  • Score: 14

6:30pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Nebs says...

Leave the roads as they are, and spend the cash reducing the cost of public transport.
Leave the roads as they are, and spend the cash reducing the cost of public transport. Nebs
  • Score: 6

7:17pm Mon 7 Jul 14

TheaWells says...

Nebs wrote:
Leave the roads as they are, and spend the cash reducing the cost of public transport.
^^ THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!! ^^^^ Totally this....
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Leave the roads as they are, and spend the cash reducing the cost of public transport.[/p][/quote]^^ THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!! ^^^^ Totally this.... TheaWells
  • Score: 2

9:53pm Mon 7 Jul 14

danzig1939 says...

So looks like road to canvey is a runner thru stanford manorway
So looks like road to canvey is a runner thru stanford manorway danzig1939
  • Score: -1

10:24pm Mon 7 Jul 14

x2k says...

As someone who actually ventures beyond the boundaries of my own town, I can vouch for how awful the Fairglen Interchange is at peak times. Traffic tails all the way back to Kent Elms causing a few short miles to last upwards of half an hour, so unfortunately it needs widening. It shouldn't us take so long to get out of town.

For those with ideals of potholes being filled with this money, it's not going to happen. We read so often about how money is "ringfenced" by councils as the government attaches caveats to the grants that it must be used for specific purposes. So this money will be used for infrastructure, not maintenance, no matter how much armchair moaning is done about it.

At least some good will come of it and, in this case, better roads in and out of Southend. Just a shame there will be upheaval while the work takes place over what will probably be a long period.
As someone who actually ventures beyond the boundaries of my own town, I can vouch for how awful the Fairglen Interchange is at peak times. Traffic tails all the way back to Kent Elms causing a few short miles to last upwards of half an hour, so unfortunately it needs widening. It shouldn't us take so long to get out of town. For those with ideals of potholes being filled with this money, it's not going to happen. We read so often about how money is "ringfenced" by councils as the government attaches caveats to the grants that it must be used for specific purposes. So this money will be used for infrastructure, not maintenance, no matter how much armchair moaning is done about it. At least some good will come of it and, in this case, better roads in and out of Southend. Just a shame there will be upheaval while the work takes place over what will probably be a long period. x2k
  • Score: 2

10:57pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Joe Clark says...

People are strange they moan about the roads but then moan when works go in to improve them, remember some numpty actually say that the Victoria Gateway/Cuckoo Corner/City Beach works could have been started and completed in ONE night!
People are strange they moan about the roads but then moan when works go in to improve them, remember some numpty actually say that the Victoria Gateway/Cuckoo Corner/City Beach works could have been started and completed in ONE night! Joe Clark
  • Score: 3

11:06pm Mon 7 Jul 14

jayman says...

Government announce £155 million for roads. only £40 million will materialise. Of this, only £5 million will be spent on tarmac once consultancy and stationary (brown envelope) costs are stripped away. Of the £5 million, the majority will be spent on road materials that wont last through the first cold spell.
Government announce £155 million for roads. only £40 million will materialise. Of this, only £5 million will be spent on tarmac once consultancy and stationary (brown envelope) costs are stripped away. Of the £5 million, the majority will be spent on road materials that wont last through the first cold spell. jayman
  • Score: -1

6:55am Tue 8 Jul 14

OldSmokey says...

Give us more cycle lanes so we can get cyclists off the pavement. This would make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists alike.
Give us more cycle lanes so we can get cyclists off the pavement. This would make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists alike. OldSmokey
  • Score: 0

8:17am Tue 8 Jul 14

bob7 says...

So they have just finished the work to make the roundabout at Stanford Le Hope bigger and tidied the A13 up with fencing. The two bridges carrying the roundabout straddling the A13 don't have a wide enough span to carry six lanes unless they are narrower than they are now. So how are they going to do it?
So they have just finished the work to make the roundabout at Stanford Le Hope bigger and tidied the A13 up with fencing. The two bridges carrying the roundabout straddling the A13 don't have a wide enough span to carry six lanes unless they are narrower than they are now. So how are they going to do it? bob7
  • Score: 5

8:48am Tue 8 Jul 14

DannyK86 says...

jolllyboy wrote:
When they say make an extra lane it usually means narrowing those that are there ! Not acceptable. As for improving transport in central southend - its not there it is needed . Belfairs/Blenheim area is as usual neglected where we cannot get to our nearest town - Leigh !
I have no doubt all this is going to do is improve access to the airport. Whilst I have no objection to that most of time we dont fly ! we go to work. What they have done for cylists so far is not worth a bar of chocolate since all they do is hamper the other traffic.
Try walking to Leigh - it's not far.

And stop trying to make everything about the airport - you have issues!
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: When they say make an extra lane it usually means narrowing those that are there ! Not acceptable. As for improving transport in central southend - its not there it is needed . Belfairs/Blenheim area is as usual neglected where we cannot get to our nearest town - Leigh ! I have no doubt all this is going to do is improve access to the airport. Whilst I have no objection to that most of time we dont fly ! we go to work. What they have done for cylists so far is not worth a bar of chocolate since all they do is hamper the other traffic.[/p][/quote]Try walking to Leigh - it's not far. And stop trying to make everything about the airport - you have issues! DannyK86
  • Score: 2

11:20am Tue 8 Jul 14

roger moore says...

does this mean thamesgate house and baryta house will be getting pulled down?
does this mean thamesgate house and baryta house will be getting pulled down? roger moore
  • Score: 1

12:01pm Tue 8 Jul 14

the citizen says...

Unless something is done to discourage car users then gnerally all that will happen is that more traffic will eventually clog up the improvements. Making all the junctions more efficient will just pass the traffic volume further up the line more quickly - thus creating more problems elsewhere.
The main problem at Kent Elms is the North/South Traffic movements. These back up to Rochford Corner and up Bridgewater Drive every morning. Usually you can get maximum of 4 cars turning right (North &South) at this junction...this is not enough. A 45 second addition dedicated T/Light phase to separate North/South would make a huge difference. It's not rocket science.
Unless something is done to discourage car users then gnerally all that will happen is that more traffic will eventually clog up the improvements. Making all the junctions more efficient will just pass the traffic volume further up the line more quickly - thus creating more problems elsewhere. The main problem at Kent Elms is the North/South Traffic movements. These back up to Rochford Corner and up Bridgewater Drive every morning. Usually you can get maximum of 4 cars turning right (North &South) at this junction...this is not enough. A 45 second addition dedicated T/Light phase to separate North/South would make a huge difference. It's not rocket science. the citizen
  • Score: 3

12:51pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Ian P says...

With any luck they might find a few pounds to get rid of the stupid bus lanes on the A13 at Benfleet and reinstate Bread & Cheese Hill to as it was. We have had to suffer the bus lanes in order for the last Labour Government to release the funding for the A13 to be resurfaced.
With any luck they might find a few pounds to get rid of the stupid bus lanes on the A13 at Benfleet and reinstate Bread & Cheese Hill to as it was. We have had to suffer the bus lanes in order for the last Labour Government to release the funding for the A13 to be resurfaced. Ian P
  • Score: 4

5:07pm Tue 8 Jul 14

woodsider says...

Ian P wrote:
With any luck they might find a few pounds to get rid of the stupid bus lanes on the A13 at Benfleet and reinstate Bread & Cheese Hill to as it was. We have had to suffer the bus lanes in order for the last Labour Government to release the funding for the A13 to be resurfaced.
dont you just love driving through Benfleet squeezed in traffing while the occassional bus drives along an empty bus lane that every so often comes to an end so the bus has to move into the car lanes and cause more delays. What kind of crazy environmentalist spent so much money on such a pitiful system - without even increasing the frequency and volume of buses to make it even appear value for money.
[quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: With any luck they might find a few pounds to get rid of the stupid bus lanes on the A13 at Benfleet and reinstate Bread & Cheese Hill to as it was. We have had to suffer the bus lanes in order for the last Labour Government to release the funding for the A13 to be resurfaced.[/p][/quote]dont you just love driving through Benfleet squeezed in traffing while the occassional bus drives along an empty bus lane that every so often comes to an end so the bus has to move into the car lanes and cause more delays. What kind of crazy environmentalist spent so much money on such a pitiful system - without even increasing the frequency and volume of buses to make it even appear value for money. woodsider
  • Score: 6

5:09pm Tue 8 Jul 14

woodsider says...

woodsider wrote:
Ian P wrote: With any luck they might find a few pounds to get rid of the stupid bus lanes on the A13 at Benfleet and reinstate Bread & Cheese Hill to as it was. We have had to suffer the bus lanes in order for the last Labour Government to release the funding for the A13 to be resurfaced.
dont you just love driving through Benfleet squeezed in traffing while the occassional bus drives along an empty bus lane that every so often comes to an end so the bus has to move into the car lanes and cause more delays. What kind of crazy environmentalist spent so much money on such a pitiful system - without even increasing the frequency and volume of buses to make it even appear value for money.
It actially caused me to move from Benfleet altogether
[quote][p][bold]woodsider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: With any luck they might find a few pounds to get rid of the stupid bus lanes on the A13 at Benfleet and reinstate Bread & Cheese Hill to as it was. We have had to suffer the bus lanes in order for the last Labour Government to release the funding for the A13 to be resurfaced.[/p][/quote]dont you just love driving through Benfleet squeezed in traffing while the occassional bus drives along an empty bus lane that every so often comes to an end so the bus has to move into the car lanes and cause more delays. What kind of crazy environmentalist spent so much money on such a pitiful system - without even increasing the frequency and volume of buses to make it even appear value for money.[/p][/quote]It actially caused me to move from Benfleet altogether woodsider
  • Score: 0

6:05pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Almeda11 says...

TheaWells wrote:
Where can we see the actual plans please?

We were sent a questionnaire last year but we have not been sent any plans or any news that plans have been accepted.

" there will be extra lanes added at the Kent Elms and Bell junctions in Southend"

I'd very very much like to see the plans for this in particular as I suspect it will impact my property.
The best thing is to phone or email the council and request them.
[quote][p][bold]TheaWells[/bold] wrote: Where can we see the actual plans please? We were sent a questionnaire last year but we have not been sent any plans or any news that plans have been accepted. " there will be extra lanes added at the Kent Elms and Bell junctions in Southend" I'd very very much like to see the plans for this in particular as I suspect it will impact my property.[/p][/quote]The best thing is to phone or email the council and request them. Almeda11
  • Score: 1

7:23pm Tue 8 Jul 14

rob-wos says...

roger moore wrote:
does this mean thamesgate house and baryta house will be getting pulled down?
I hope so!!

Plus I hope they do something about the 13 story building on the other side of the road (next to fountain) that has a lot of squatters.

That would definitely clean up Victoria Avenue!!!
[quote][p][bold]roger moore[/bold] wrote: does this mean thamesgate house and baryta house will be getting pulled down?[/p][/quote]I hope so!! Plus I hope they do something about the 13 story building on the other side of the road (next to fountain) that has a lot of squatters. That would definitely clean up Victoria Avenue!!! rob-wos
  • Score: 2

9:15pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Jolly77 says...

A third lane added to the roundabout at Nevendon Interchange stopping traffic backing up onto the A127 from Wickford. How about fixing the traffic problem causing the back up EVERY single week day evening before adding a third lane AND before building any more houses without the proper infrastructure, schools AND Doctor surgeries? Or am I in the minority for common sense?
A third lane added to the roundabout at Nevendon Interchange stopping traffic backing up onto the A127 from Wickford. How about fixing the traffic problem causing the back up EVERY single week day evening before adding a third lane AND before building any more houses without the proper infrastructure, schools AND Doctor surgeries? Or am I in the minority for common sense? Jolly77
  • Score: 2

11:20am Wed 9 Jul 14

jayman says...

Joe Clark wrote:
People are strange they moan about the roads but then moan when works go in to improve them, remember some numpty actually say that the Victoria Gateway/Cuckoo Corner/City Beach works could have been started and completed in ONE night!
There was one person who said they should never have been started at all...
[quote][p][bold]Joe Clark[/bold] wrote: People are strange they moan about the roads but then moan when works go in to improve them, remember some numpty actually say that the Victoria Gateway/Cuckoo Corner/City Beach works could have been started and completed in ONE night![/p][/quote]There was one person who said they should never have been started at all... jayman
  • Score: 0

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