After Sadlers saga, drivers braced for more A13 delays...

Basildon Recorder: New approach – £1.5billion is to be spent on improvements New approach – £1.5billion is to be spent on improvements

A NEW £10million road junction is to be built off the A13 as part of a gateway to the £1.5billion south Essex superport.

The huge new roadwork project at Stanford-le-Hope, will begin in October and last for a year. It will start at the same time roadworks are due to resume at Sadlers Farm, in Benfleet .

A new, three-lane roundabout, with traffic lights and a sliproad, from The Manorway, at Stanford-le-Hope, on to the A13, will be the most prominent part of the design.

The improvements are part of a £150million funding arrangement which superport site owner DP World, has to carry out as part of its planning agreement with Thurrock Council.

The roadworks have been brought forward five years earlier than planned and are to help lorries get from the London Gateway port to the A13 quicker.

Mark Coxshall, Thurrock Conservative ward councillor for Corringham and Fobbing, said drivers would not be too inconvenienced by the work.

He said: “This is a really important junction and this is really good news.

“These improvements will make life much easier on the traffic going from DP World on to the A13 and then on with their journeys.

“I am pleased this huge scheme has been brought forward by five years because it will make the traffic system in Stanford-le-Hope much better for residents.

“The majority of the work is happening at the side of the A13 so we hope drivers will not be too disrupted.”

As part of the planning arrangement DP World will also be improving Stanford-le-Hope High Street, the railway and putting in a new bus station and turnaround area, because it’s expected people working at the superport will commute to the town by train.

Drivers are worried as the work is starting at the same time as those at Sadlers Farm, which were postponed to avoid disruption to the Olympic mountain biking event, held at Hadleigh Country Park earlier this month.

Kevin Thomas, 56, of London Road, Benfleet, who works in Grays, said: “I am a bit wary of the roadworks starting again at Sadlers Farm, but I am hoping the worst delays and disruptions are over.

“It was chaos for such a long time and now drivers think they are over.

“We will just have to wait and see how disruptive these at Stanford-le-Hope are. Hopefully it won’t go on as long as Sadlers Farm.”

An Essex County Council spokesman said: “Essex Highways will work with partners in Thurrock to look closely at any possible traffic management measures if they are required.”

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5:02pm Wed 22 Aug 12

leigh-my-town says...

Would it not make sense to hire locals first duh !
Would it not make sense to hire locals first duh ! leigh-my-town
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5:07pm Wed 22 Aug 12

Eric Whim says...

because it’s expected people working at the superport will commute to the town by train.


my guess is that the vast majority will want to drive themselves there rather than 'suffer' public transport
[quote]because it’s expected people working at the superport will commute to the town by train.[/quote] my guess is that the vast majority will want to drive themselves there rather than 'suffer' public transport Eric Whim
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5:40pm Wed 22 Aug 12

John T Pharro says...

"Brace yourselves"? Has the penny not dropped yet about Sadlers Farm? The "improvements" there were never for the benefit of the local residents. It was always so the lorrys from the new port can drive down freely onto the A130 from the A13 so they can travel north down to the A12.
You wait till this port opens. The claim that most goods will be moved by train? All really, well I for one don't believe it there will be hundreds of extra lorry movements night and day. This port will employ 20000 people (good), but many of those are in warehouses distributing goods and bet your life most will be lorry.
"Brace yourselves"? Has the penny not dropped yet about Sadlers Farm? The "improvements" there were never for the benefit of the local residents. It was always so the lorrys from the new port can drive down freely onto the A130 from the A13 so they can travel north down to the A12. You wait till this port opens. The claim that most goods will be moved by train? All really, well I for one don't believe it there will be hundreds of extra lorry movements night and day. This port will employ 20000 people (good), but many of those are in warehouses distributing goods and bet your life most will be lorry. John T Pharro
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9:24pm Wed 22 Aug 12

A Dermot says...

How the hell does Cllr Mark Coxsmall know what the impact is going to be?

For a start he doesn't represent the area where the work is happening and he doesnt even live in the area!
How the hell does Cllr Mark Coxsmall know what the impact is going to be? For a start he doesn't represent the area where the work is happening and he doesnt even live in the area! A Dermot
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7:13am Thu 23 Aug 12

shallotman says...

If it brings jobs to the area !
If it brings jobs to the area ! shallotman
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10:31am Thu 23 Aug 12

John T Pharro says...

One bit of good news it is not the useless contractors ECC used at Sadlers Farm. If DP World are having it built it will be on time and on budget. One look at the port should prove that.
One bit of good news it is not the useless contractors ECC used at Sadlers Farm. If DP World are having it built it will be on time and on budget. One look at the port should prove that. John T Pharro
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7:08pm Thu 23 Aug 12

whataday says...

Why build a London Gateway port when major employers/importers/
distributors such as Coryton are shutting down due to non investment?
Why build a London Gateway port when major employers/importers/ distributors such as Coryton are shutting down due to non investment? whataday
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8:36pm Thu 23 Aug 12

shrimpanator says...

i live in stanford-le-hope , near manorway , when was this super cllr mark coxsmall going to tell us about all this road works .
and yes employ locals first
i live in stanford-le-hope , near manorway , when was this super cllr mark coxsmall going to tell us about all this road works . and yes employ locals first shrimpanator
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12:13am Sat 25 Aug 12

Last Poster says...

I think "locals" went out of the window when one particular Englishman stated "Englishmen need not apply." when advertising for labour. Had he been promptly hung from the nearest lampost, the desire to use the cheapest labour available may have receded somewhat and may even led to our paymasters allowing more of us to be gainfully employed!
I think "locals" went out of the window when one particular Englishman stated "Englishmen need not apply." when advertising for labour. Had he been promptly hung from the nearest lampost, the desire to use the cheapest labour available may have receded somewhat and may even led to our paymasters allowing more of us to be gainfully employed! Last Poster
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