Congestion-busting plan for town

Echo: Councillors Eddie Dray and Jack Larman Councillors Eddie Dray and Jack Larman

MOTORISTS could soon get some relief from delays in the heart of Rayleigh as new measures to tackle traffic congestion are planned.

Rochford District Council says a new traffic management scheme could be introduced to the town centre, to allow cars to get through quicker.

The plans come after Essex County Council approved six highways projects in Rochford, to be completed over the next 12 months, at a cost of £114,900.

The schemes include new signage on the eastbound off-slip on the A127, at Rayleigh Weir, paving over verges in Thames Close, Rayleigh, and the reconstruction of the eastern pavement along Hullbridge Road.

But Colin Seagers, chairman of the Rochford local highways panel, said a plan to match up traffic lights on Crown Hill and High Street is also being hatched.

A report is being put together looking at the feasibility of the project, and is expected to be presented to the panel on Thursday, June 26.

Mr Seagers said: “The issue at the moment is there are several pedestrian crossings, quite close to each other, which operate in different ways.

“Some are controlled by traffic lights and some do not have them. This causes congestion because of their stop-go nature.

“What we want to do is get all the crossings beating to the same drum, so it gets cars moving more fluently. I think this is a project which will have major benefits.”

Eddie Dray, the new Rayleigh town council chairman, said: “I would support any plan to ease congestion, but we have to think about pedestrians and strike a balance to keep both groups happy.”

Jamie Burton, chairman of the Bird’s Estate Residents’ Association and Ukip councillor for Grange ward, also welcomed the idea. He said: “Congestion deters people from visiting the town centre, shopping locally and subsequently supporting our local economy.”

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8:12am Mon 2 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

with regard to the thousands of extra inhabitants, therefore cars, coming to raleigh, those measures sound akin to breaking up an iceberg with a tooth pick....
with regard to the thousands of extra inhabitants, therefore cars, coming to raleigh, those measures sound akin to breaking up an iceberg with a tooth pick.... pembury53
  • Score: 16

9:42am Mon 2 Jun 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

If you are really serious about congestion there is only one solution to it, less cars.
What is the council doing for other road users than those in cars?
If you are really serious about congestion there is only one solution to it, less cars. What is the council doing for other road users than those in cars? Keptquiettillnow
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11:30am Mon 2 Jun 14

the.transporter says...

Anyone else remember when Websters way was a one way? Plus there was 2 lanes leaving the high street at the top by the church? Traffic got worse after this change round Rayleigh so how about we go back to that setup
Anyone else remember when Websters way was a one way? Plus there was 2 lanes leaving the high street at the top by the church? Traffic got worse after this change round Rayleigh so how about we go back to that setup the.transporter
  • Score: 3

11:44am Mon 2 Jun 14

rayleigh123 says...

I don't think there is an answer - i have lived in Rayleigh for 50 years.
When i was a child Crown Hill and Eastwood Road was blocked at rush hour.

The traffic is now 100 fold more, they have tried a couple of experiments i.e. the High Road 1 then 2 way, Webster Way 1 and then 2 way, all to no avail.

You can't get a quart into a pint pot.



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I don't think there is an answer - i have lived in Rayleigh for 50 years. When i was a child Crown Hill and Eastwood Road was blocked at rush hour. The traffic is now 100 fold more, they have tried a couple of experiments i.e. the High Road 1 then 2 way, Webster Way 1 and then 2 way, all to no avail. You can't get a quart into a pint pot. . . rayleigh123
  • Score: 11

12:34pm Mon 2 Jun 14

MitchLive says...

I hope they do sort out the pavement along Hullbridge Road - this year walking home from work around around 5.30pm, lights out, pitch black and I went over on my ankle, swelled up to the size of a balloon and it still hurts every now again to this day. Really bad pavement along there.
I hope they do sort out the pavement along Hullbridge Road - this year walking home from work around around 5.30pm, lights out, pitch black and I went over on my ankle, swelled up to the size of a balloon and it still hurts every now again to this day. Really bad pavement along there. MitchLive
  • Score: 4

3:10pm Mon 2 Jun 14

I care about rayleigh says...

Open up the bottom of Love Lane to make it two way, so traffic can turn right there and avoid going up Crown Hill. (or does that councillor still live in Love Lane?)
Open up the bottom of Love Lane to make it two way, so traffic can turn right there and avoid going up Crown Hill. (or does that councillor still live in Love Lane?) I care about rayleigh
  • Score: 18

6:00pm Mon 2 Jun 14

TherealIndiana says...

You can't change the layout of the roads! I love the way the buses cannot turn a corner unless the cross over to the other side of the road, particulaly exiting Eastwood Road and turning into Crown Hill. So many pedestrian crossings and mini roundabouts it's beggers belief. What happened to the plans to pedstrianize the High Street?
You can't change the layout of the roads! I love the way the buses cannot turn a corner unless the cross over to the other side of the road, particulaly exiting Eastwood Road and turning into Crown Hill. So many pedestrian crossings and mini roundabouts it's beggers belief. What happened to the plans to pedstrianize the High Street? TherealIndiana
  • Score: -8

7:09pm Mon 2 Jun 14

I care about rayleigh says...

MitchLive wrote:
I hope they do sort out the pavement along Hullbridge Road - this year walking home from work around around 5.30pm, lights out, pitch black and I went over on my ankle, swelled up to the size of a balloon and it still hurts every now again to this day. Really bad pavement along there.
what's this got to do with Rayleigh's traffic problem?
[quote][p][bold]MitchLive[/bold] wrote: I hope they do sort out the pavement along Hullbridge Road - this year walking home from work around around 5.30pm, lights out, pitch black and I went over on my ankle, swelled up to the size of a balloon and it still hurts every now again to this day. Really bad pavement along there.[/p][/quote]what's this got to do with Rayleigh's traffic problem? I care about rayleigh
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9:24pm Mon 2 Jun 14

MitchLive says...

I care about rayleigh wrote:
MitchLive wrote:
I hope they do sort out the pavement along Hullbridge Road - this year walking home from work around around 5.30pm, lights out, pitch black and I went over on my ankle, swelled up to the size of a balloon and it still hurts every now again to this day. Really bad pavement along there.
what's this got to do with Rayleigh's traffic problem?
Errmmmmmmmm because it mentions about Hullbridge Road in the article, or did you not read it and just look at the pretty pictures instead?
[quote][p][bold]I care about rayleigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MitchLive[/bold] wrote: I hope they do sort out the pavement along Hullbridge Road - this year walking home from work around around 5.30pm, lights out, pitch black and I went over on my ankle, swelled up to the size of a balloon and it still hurts every now again to this day. Really bad pavement along there.[/p][/quote]what's this got to do with Rayleigh's traffic problem?[/p][/quote]Errmmmmmmmm because it mentions about Hullbridge Road in the article, or did you not read it and just look at the pretty pictures instead? MitchLive
  • Score: 1

11:18pm Mon 2 Jun 14

woolstone says...

Residents knew the system that is in play now in Rayleigh was a bad mistake when it was first introduced, but the council hates to admit they got it wrong. The worry now is when all these new houses are built and many more cars will be using Crown Hill, how are they going to make traffic flow easier, the answer is they are not. That is why the residents are concerned about the infrastructure not being able to cope. The arrogance of RDC expecting residents to put up with another complete farce is unbelievable.
Residents knew the system that is in play now in Rayleigh was a bad mistake when it was first introduced, but the council hates to admit they got it wrong. The worry now is when all these new houses are built and many more cars will be using Crown Hill, how are they going to make traffic flow easier, the answer is they are not. That is why the residents are concerned about the infrastructure not being able to cope. The arrogance of RDC expecting residents to put up with another complete farce is unbelievable. woolstone
  • Score: 9

6:32am Tue 3 Jun 14

tja says...

Pedestrianise the lot. Park & ride buses can bring people in to the centre. Cars are the scourge of our town centres.
Pedestrianise the lot. Park & ride buses can bring people in to the centre. Cars are the scourge of our town centres. tja
  • Score: 5

6:36am Tue 3 Jun 14

tja says...

Pedestrianise the lot. We need park & ride and cycle access only to free our town centres of the scourge of polluting cars.
Pedestrianise the lot. We need park & ride and cycle access only to free our town centres of the scourge of polluting cars. tja
  • Score: 2

7:25am Tue 3 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Ban all motor vehicles from Rayleigh
Ban all motor vehicles from Rayleigh Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -3

9:22am Tue 3 Jun 14

John Right says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Ban all motor vehicles from Rayleigh
Horse drawn onlys
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Ban all motor vehicles from Rayleigh[/p][/quote]Horse drawn onlys John Right
  • Score: 2

9:26am Tue 3 Jun 14

rayleigh123 says...

woolstone wrote:
Residents knew the system that is in play now in Rayleigh was a bad mistake when it was first introduced, but the council hates to admit they got it wrong. The worry now is when all these new houses are built and many more cars will be using Crown Hill, how are they going to make traffic flow easier, the answer is they are not. That is why the residents are concerned about the infrastructure not being able to cope. The arrogance of RDC expecting residents to put up with another complete farce is unbelievable.
Totally correct

New houses - money for the builders --- money for RDC

The people of Rayleigh - JUST SUFFER

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[quote][p][bold]woolstone[/bold] wrote: Residents knew the system that is in play now in Rayleigh was a bad mistake when it was first introduced, but the council hates to admit they got it wrong. The worry now is when all these new houses are built and many more cars will be using Crown Hill, how are they going to make traffic flow easier, the answer is they are not. That is why the residents are concerned about the infrastructure not being able to cope. The arrogance of RDC expecting residents to put up with another complete farce is unbelievable.[/p][/quote]Totally correct New houses - money for the builders --- money for RDC The people of Rayleigh - JUST SUFFER . . . rayleigh123
  • Score: 8

4:01pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Letmetryagain says...

the.transporter wrote:
Anyone else remember when Websters way was a one way? Plus there was 2 lanes leaving the high street at the top by the church? Traffic got worse after this change round Rayleigh so how about we go back to that setup
Some of the changes were made, to stop the big HGVs that used to come through Rayleigh. Especially those that used to go to the Timber wharves
at Wallasea.
Trouble is, Rayleigh just wasn't designed to handle the traffic it has now to cope with. Nowhere was.
It just takes one lorry to break down, or one accident, to gridlock the whole area.
[quote][p][bold]the.transporter[/bold] wrote: Anyone else remember when Websters way was a one way? Plus there was 2 lanes leaving the high street at the top by the church? Traffic got worse after this change round Rayleigh so how about we go back to that setup[/p][/quote]Some of the changes were made, to stop the big HGVs that used to come through Rayleigh. Especially those that used to go to the Timber wharves at Wallasea. Trouble is, Rayleigh just wasn't designed to handle the traffic it has now to cope with. Nowhere was. It just takes one lorry to break down, or one accident, to gridlock the whole area. Letmetryagain
  • Score: 3

12:45pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Terry Steward says...

As well as trying to get to My home in Bull Lane,most often having to turn right into glasseys lane,and weaving through the Lefts n rights to Queens rd,Being a pain,My other Annoyance is also trying to get OUT of RayleighpIn enough,THEN if via the Weir,,there is always so much Traffic in the nearside lane,woth nigh on the middle and Right lane being hardly Touched,causing it to back up to the paul Pry,,Why Not Widen that stretch,as well as removing that STUPID Keep Left Sign Near the Shell Garage,,so Those Few wanting to use the other lanes,Can freely do so !!!,,as then Getting the green light,will see more Traffic getting through the bottle neck,,anyone reading this who knows a member of the powers that be,Can you alert them to my comment please ??
As well as trying to get to My home in Bull Lane,most often having to turn right into glasseys lane,and weaving through the Lefts n rights to Queens rd,Being a pain,My other Annoyance is also trying to get OUT of RayleighpIn enough,THEN if via the Weir,,there is always so much Traffic in the nearside lane,woth nigh on the middle and Right lane being hardly Touched,causing it to back up to the paul Pry,,Why Not Widen that stretch,as well as removing that STUPID Keep Left Sign Near the Shell Garage,,so Those Few wanting to use the other lanes,Can freely do so !!!,,as then Getting the green light,will see more Traffic getting through the bottle neck,,anyone reading this who knows a member of the powers that be,Can you alert them to my comment please ?? Terry Steward
  • Score: -1

12:55pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Terry Steward says...

To Add,,,today i spotted UK power have closed Glasseys lane,,So everything from the weir,will clog up the high st,,,,So best go into Rayleigh via Carpenters arms right ??? Oh no wait,,,theyve had the fantastic idea of putting in Three way Traffic control lights by the new Tesco's,,and of course,coming out that side turning Warrants Equal green light Time,To the flow in and out of Rayleigh,,a thought in their heads would die of lonliness,,,Now ive called the Council and suggested,They shut that side road,and eliminate the need for Traffic lights,,safer for the workers,and anyone can use the other side roads to join the A129,,and the already congested Rd at peak times,wont have the Added Frustration,,lets hope they use their loaves and Rectify quickly !!!!
To Add,,,today i spotted UK power have closed Glasseys lane,,So everything from the weir,will clog up the high st,,,,So best go into Rayleigh via Carpenters arms right ??? Oh no wait,,,theyve had the fantastic idea of putting in Three way Traffic control lights by the new Tesco's,,and of course,coming out that side turning Warrants Equal green light Time,To the flow in and out of Rayleigh,,a thought in their heads would die of lonliness,,,Now ive called the Council and suggested,They shut that side road,and eliminate the need for Traffic lights,,safer for the workers,and anyone can use the other side roads to join the A129,,and the already congested Rd at peak times,wont have the Added Frustration,,lets hope they use their loaves and Rectify quickly !!!! Terry Steward
  • Score: -1

1:04pm Mon 9 Jun 14

tja says...

Leave your cars at home and cycle. That would ease things somewhat.
Leave your cars at home and cycle. That would ease things somewhat. tja
  • Score: 0

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