Canvey's third road moves a step closer

Echo: Road to success? Patrick McLoughlin, left, and MP Rebecca Harris , Dave Blackwell and Ray Howard at the meeting Road to success? Patrick McLoughlin, left, and MP Rebecca Harris , Dave Blackwell and Ray Howard at the meeting

THE long-awaited third road off Canvey is one step closer following successful talks with a senior Government minister.

The Department for Transport has promised to help Castle Point Council look into funding options for the huge project.

The commitment came after Tory Castle Point MP Rebecca Harris led a delegation of councillors to London to present their plans to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

The meeting was organised after the highways department at Essex County Council dropped its opposition to the third road proposals.

The new road would be from the western edge of the island up to Coryton, in Thurrock.

Speaking after the meeting, Mrs Harris said: “It was a very encouraging meeting.

“The Transport Secretary made it clear he thought we put forward a very strong economic case very well and advised us on how to push it forward with a formal feasibility study.

“There are hundreds of competing infrastructure projects across the country, but now we have put it to the Secretary of State, ours is definitely on the table.

“The improvements to transport infrastructure and the economic benefits a third road would bring would massively benefit Castle Point and every single resident of Canvey.”

Campaigns to build a third route off Canvey have been going on for a generation as part of a bid to reduce congestion and alleviate the pressure on the only two roads linking the island to the mainland – Canvey Way and Ferry Road, Benfleet.

Castle Point Council leader Pam Challis, long-serving Tory councillor RayHoward and Dave Blackwell, leader of Canvey Island Independent Party, joined Mrs Harris at the meeting.

Mr Howard said: “We have been fighting for a third road for so long now and things are looking positive. We feel the road will be part of an enterprise and will create a lot of jobs.

“We want people from Canvey to be able to get to their jobs easily.

“At the moment, it takes people a lot of time and extra money to get to their place of work.

“If funding can be found, the next stage of the project will be a feasibility report, which is an in-depth analysis of the proposals.”

Mr Blackwell added: “It was a very interesting meeting, and the Secretary of State listened to all of our arguments. My only concern is the Government doesn’t have any money to put forward, so we will have to find a lot of the funding ourselves.”

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11:52am Mon 23 Dec 13

John T Pharro says...

Interesting yes, but if built will it mean 100's of lorries night and day using it to save the extra miles? By the time they reach the end of the Manor Way to the A13 they could be at the top of Canvey Way to go north down the A130. On paper this looks good, but how do you prevent the lorries pouring onto Canvey? Could the Councillors and our MP answer that one please?
Interesting yes, but if built will it mean 100's of lorries night and day using it to save the extra miles? By the time they reach the end of the Manor Way to the A13 they could be at the top of Canvey Way to go north down the A130. On paper this looks good, but how do you prevent the lorries pouring onto Canvey? Could the Councillors and our MP answer that one please? John T Pharro

1:12pm Mon 23 Dec 13

upset says...

John T Pharro wrote:
Interesting yes, but if built will it mean 100's of lorries night and day using it to save the extra miles? By the time they reach the end of the Manor Way to the A13 they could be at the top of Canvey Way to go north down the A130. On paper this looks good, but how do you prevent the lorries pouring onto Canvey? Could the Councillors and our MP answer that one please?
I bet you dont believe in Father Christmas as well John.
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: Interesting yes, but if built will it mean 100's of lorries night and day using it to save the extra miles? By the time they reach the end of the Manor Way to the A13 they could be at the top of Canvey Way to go north down the A130. On paper this looks good, but how do you prevent the lorries pouring onto Canvey? Could the Councillors and our MP answer that one please?[/p][/quote]I bet you dont believe in Father Christmas as well John. upset

3:58pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Living the La Vida Legra says...

John T Pharro wrote:
Interesting yes, but if built will it mean 100's of lorries night and day using it to save the extra miles? By the time they reach the end of the Manor Way to the A13 they could be at the top of Canvey Way to go north down the A130. On paper this looks good, but how do you prevent the lorries pouring onto Canvey? Could the Councillors and our MP answer that one please?
Who cares?
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: Interesting yes, but if built will it mean 100's of lorries night and day using it to save the extra miles? By the time they reach the end of the Manor Way to the A13 they could be at the top of Canvey Way to go north down the A130. On paper this looks good, but how do you prevent the lorries pouring onto Canvey? Could the Councillors and our MP answer that one please?[/p][/quote]Who cares? Living the La Vida Legra

4:58pm Mon 23 Dec 13

John T Pharro says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
Interesting yes, but if built will it mean 100's of lorries night and day using it to save the extra miles? By the time they reach the end of the Manor Way to the A13 they could be at the top of Canvey Way to go north down the A130. On paper this looks good, but how do you prevent the lorries pouring onto Canvey? Could the Councillors and our MP answer that one please?
Who cares?
Clearly don't live on Canvey. Actually that is precisely the problem we have in this country. A don't care for anyone else, but yourself. I am asked whether I believe in Father Christmas, perhaps the question should be do I believe in the Chirstmas spirit. Clearly you don't.
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: Interesting yes, but if built will it mean 100's of lorries night and day using it to save the extra miles? By the time they reach the end of the Manor Way to the A13 they could be at the top of Canvey Way to go north down the A130. On paper this looks good, but how do you prevent the lorries pouring onto Canvey? Could the Councillors and our MP answer that one please?[/p][/quote]Who cares?[/p][/quote]Clearly don't live on Canvey. Actually that is precisely the problem we have in this country. A don't care for anyone else, but yourself. I am asked whether I believe in Father Christmas, perhaps the question should be do I believe in the Chirstmas spirit. Clearly you don't. John T Pharro

3:12pm Wed 25 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
Interesting yes, but if built will it mean 100's of lorries night and day using it to save the extra miles? By the time they reach the end of the Manor Way to the A13 they could be at the top of Canvey Way to go north down the A130. On paper this looks good, but how do you prevent the lorries pouring onto Canvey? Could the Councillors and our MP answer that one please?
Who cares?
They could always put a 7.5 ton restriction sign up on the new road.
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: Interesting yes, but if built will it mean 100's of lorries night and day using it to save the extra miles? By the time they reach the end of the Manor Way to the A13 they could be at the top of Canvey Way to go north down the A130. On paper this looks good, but how do you prevent the lorries pouring onto Canvey? Could the Councillors and our MP answer that one please?[/p][/quote]Who cares?[/p][/quote]They could always put a 7.5 ton restriction sign up on the new road. Howard Cháse

4:15pm Wed 25 Dec 13

John T Pharro says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
Interesting yes, but if built will it mean 100's of lorries night and day using it to save the extra miles? By the time they reach the end of the Manor Way to the A13 they could be at the top of Canvey Way to go north down the A130. On paper this looks good, but how do you prevent the lorries pouring onto Canvey? Could the Councillors and our MP answer that one please?
Who cares?
They could always put a 7.5 ton restriction sign up on the new road.
And do you seriously think that this or any other Government would pay out the £millions to build it just for the residents of Canvey and Benfleet? The original plan for Sadler's Farm had a flyover onto Canvey and not the soppy crossover on the roundabout and that wasn't funded. All this is an effort by politicians of all parties to appear to make an effort when in reality there is no more chance of this than Barmy Boris's airport in the Thames which, as I believe there are London Mayor elections next year, has only been left as a "possibility" so he can claim to show his support for this to keep the votes around Heathrow which will get a third runway.
Politicians always show their worse by supporting popular issues which they really know have no chance of delivering.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: Interesting yes, but if built will it mean 100's of lorries night and day using it to save the extra miles? By the time they reach the end of the Manor Way to the A13 they could be at the top of Canvey Way to go north down the A130. On paper this looks good, but how do you prevent the lorries pouring onto Canvey? Could the Councillors and our MP answer that one please?[/p][/quote]Who cares?[/p][/quote]They could always put a 7.5 ton restriction sign up on the new road.[/p][/quote]And do you seriously think that this or any other Government would pay out the £millions to build it just for the residents of Canvey and Benfleet? The original plan for Sadler's Farm had a flyover onto Canvey and not the soppy crossover on the roundabout and that wasn't funded. All this is an effort by politicians of all parties to appear to make an effort when in reality there is no more chance of this than Barmy Boris's airport in the Thames which, as I believe there are London Mayor elections next year, has only been left as a "possibility" so he can claim to show his support for this to keep the votes around Heathrow which will get a third runway. Politicians always show their worse by supporting popular issues which they really know have no chance of delivering. John T Pharro

4:24pm Wed 25 Dec 13

runwellian says...

By the time they build the new road Canvey will have sunk into history!

They could link up Corringham with Canvey and another road from Leigh, taking miles off of the journey in that direction, I think the last thing Sadlers Farm needs is more traffic!

The folk in Leigh were happy to support a hospice on green belt, so why not a road / tunnel across the marsh land linking Leigh to Canvey, to Corringham to Thurrock and the QE2 bridge?
By the time they build the new road Canvey will have sunk into history! They could link up Corringham with Canvey and another road from Leigh, taking miles off of the journey in that direction, I think the last thing Sadlers Farm needs is more traffic! The folk in Leigh were happy to support a hospice on green belt, so why not a road / tunnel across the marsh land linking Leigh to Canvey, to Corringham to Thurrock and the QE2 bridge? runwellian

8:26am Fri 27 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

They' got two roads, make do....
They' got two roads, make do.... Nowthatsworthknowing

10:03am Fri 27 Dec 13

upset says...

John T Pharro wrote:
Howard Cháse wrote:
Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
Interesting yes, but if built will it mean 100's of lorries night and day using it to save the extra miles? By the time they reach the end of the Manor Way to the A13 they could be at the top of Canvey Way to go north down the A130. On paper this looks good, but how do you prevent the lorries pouring onto Canvey? Could the Councillors and our MP answer that one please?
Who cares?
They could always put a 7.5 ton restriction sign up on the new road.
And do you seriously think that this or any other Government would pay out the £millions to build it just for the residents of Canvey and Benfleet? The original plan for Sadler's Farm had a flyover onto Canvey and not the soppy crossover on the roundabout and that wasn't funded. All this is an effort by politicians of all parties to appear to make an effort when in reality there is no more chance of this than Barmy Boris's airport in the Thames which, as I believe there are London Mayor elections next year, has only been left as a "possibility" so he can claim to show his support for this to keep the votes around Heathrow which will get a third runway.
Politicians always show their worse by supporting popular issues which they really know have no chance of delivering.
HAPPY NEW YEAR JOHN!!!
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: Interesting yes, but if built will it mean 100's of lorries night and day using it to save the extra miles? By the time they reach the end of the Manor Way to the A13 they could be at the top of Canvey Way to go north down the A130. On paper this looks good, but how do you prevent the lorries pouring onto Canvey? Could the Councillors and our MP answer that one please?[/p][/quote]Who cares?[/p][/quote]They could always put a 7.5 ton restriction sign up on the new road.[/p][/quote]And do you seriously think that this or any other Government would pay out the £millions to build it just for the residents of Canvey and Benfleet? The original plan for Sadler's Farm had a flyover onto Canvey and not the soppy crossover on the roundabout and that wasn't funded. All this is an effort by politicians of all parties to appear to make an effort when in reality there is no more chance of this than Barmy Boris's airport in the Thames which, as I believe there are London Mayor elections next year, has only been left as a "possibility" so he can claim to show his support for this to keep the votes around Heathrow which will get a third runway. Politicians always show their worse by supporting popular issues which they really know have no chance of delivering.[/p][/quote]HAPPY NEW YEAR JOHN!!! upset

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