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Government transport minister to hear proposals for third road off Canvey
5:30pm Thursday 21st March 2013 in News
A SENIOR Government official has agreed to hear proposals to build a third road off Canvey.
Campaigns to build a third access route off Canvey in a bid to dramatically reduce congestion have been ongoing for a generation as currently only two roads link the island to the mainland.
Now, MP Stephen Hammond, Secretary of State for Transport, has agreed to a meeting with Essex County Council and Castle Point Council to discuss proposals to extend Northwick Road to Pitsea.
This comes after political heavyweights county councillor Ray Howard and Castle Point MP Rebecca Harris, who will also be attending, wrote to the minister to try and get Government backing for the scheme.
Mr Howard said: “Getting a third road off of our island is something that I have been campaigning for on behalf of residents for a long time. I believe now, with the immanent opening of the DP world super port just next to Coryton, the proposed opening of a business park at the junction of Northwick Road and the new Roscommon Way, the economic case to present to the Government has never been so strong.
“But this is not just about economics, our island suffers dreadfully from traffic congestion, one incident near waterside farm and the gridlock can snarl up most of Canvey.”
Both roads off the island travel through Waterside Roundabout, meaning motorists are subjected to chaos on both highways if there is an accident on the busy junction.
The move would mean drivers would have an alternative route off which does not take them to Waterside roundabout.
Islanders suffered extensive delays last Christmas when Ferry Road in Benfleet was shut due to repair works at Benfleet train station, and accident on Waterside Farm as well as a slip lane closure at Sadlers Farm left them essentially trapped.
Mrs Harris said:“Previously Ray and I bought the Minister here to see how badly a third road is needed for the island with his own eyes. This is the number one issue for many people on Canvey and with the Government’s new focus on boosting local infrastructure, it could be a good time to be making the case.
“This could really boost the local economy of our whole borough and make a major difference to the day to day lives of many people on the island.”
The meeting will take place on April 16 in Westminster.
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