Call for improvements to A127

Call for improvements to A127

Call for improvements to A127

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BUSINESS leaders are putting together a new team to press for urgent improvements to the A127.

Essex Chambers of Commerce, which represents businesses countywide, is bringing together politicians and captains of industry to lobby the Government for funding to upgrade the area’s traffic-clogged main artery.

Chambers’ chief executive Denise Rossiter said: “The A127 is a vital road, linking Southend Airport to the rest of the county.

“Our members want to see substantial investment in this road to reduce delays and congestion, and help support economic growth.”

The make-up of the team has yet to be finalised but the chambers hope it will include county and district councils, along with business leaders.

The group will aim to highlight the importance of the creaking 90-yearold trunk road and the problems it has.

It may also bid for funding and develop a business plan of its own to get the road improved.

The business group was due to meet today to work out the details of the task force.

Essex County Council and Southend Council have already put in a joint bid for £44.24million of Government cash to improve four key junctions – the A130 Fairglen interchange, the Nevendon junction near Basildon, and the Kent Elms and Bell junctions, in Southend.

The councils want a new slip road between the A127 and the A130 at the Fairglen interchange and extra lanes at the Kent Elms, Bell and the Nevendon junctions.

The improvements are on a £76million wish list of improvements for the A127.

The Government is due to make an announcement next month allowing any work to be factored into council budgets from next year.

Southend Airport operations director David Lister said: “With the popularity of London Southend Airport increasing all the time, connectivity to the airport by road and rail is a key element.

“This is a great opportunity to bring all the key players together to ensure they create a better environment for local businesses and residents.”

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4:45pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Eric the Red says...

Reaping the rewards of the massive over-development of SE Essex........and STILL they want more houses etc!
Reaping the rewards of the massive over-development of SE Essex........and STILL they want more houses etc! Eric the Red
  • Score: 12

5:16pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Maurice Le Frog says...

The biggest improvement you could make is to get traffic moving faster. Start by removing the revenue, sorry , safety cameras and raise the speed limit to a realistic level. For an arterial road?
The biggest improvement you could make is to get traffic moving faster. Start by removing the revenue, sorry , safety cameras and raise the speed limit to a realistic level. For an arterial road? Maurice Le Frog
  • Score: 8

7:34pm Fri 20 Jun 14

tac123 says...

Maurice Le Frog wrote:
The biggest improvement you could make is to get traffic moving faster. Start by removing the revenue, sorry , safety cameras and raise the speed limit to a realistic level. For an arterial road?
Yes, bravo, get all that traffic passing through Rayleigh at a sensible speed to the back of those jams in southend a bit quicker! This is why you're not in charge of transport policy!
What southend needs is three lanes, variable speed limits depending on weight of traffic and better junctions with slip roads rather than the ridiculous junctions at progress road, rochford road and the laughable cuckoo corner! Go and take a look a peterborough, that's how to do a road network! I say compulsory purchase all the land at each side of the road and build something fit for purpose!
[quote][p][bold]Maurice Le Frog[/bold] wrote: The biggest improvement you could make is to get traffic moving faster. Start by removing the revenue, sorry , safety cameras and raise the speed limit to a realistic level. For an arterial road?[/p][/quote]Yes, bravo, get all that traffic passing through Rayleigh at a sensible speed to the back of those jams in southend a bit quicker! This is why you're not in charge of transport policy! What southend needs is three lanes, variable speed limits depending on weight of traffic and better junctions with slip roads rather than the ridiculous junctions at progress road, rochford road and the laughable cuckoo corner! Go and take a look a peterborough, that's how to do a road network! I say compulsory purchase all the land at each side of the road and build something fit for purpose! tac123
  • Score: 13

7:56pm Fri 20 Jun 14

John Right says...

Just as we had almost forgotten the misery of roadworks, back it comes...
Just as we had almost forgotten the misery of roadworks, back it comes... John Right
  • Score: 2

11:26pm Sat 21 Jun 14

A Dad says...

The South East is the most densely populated part of the most densely populated country in Europe. Improving the traffic links will not solve any problems, it will simply encourage more house building and industry into an already vastly overpopulated area.
Our biggest global problem is overpopulation and this is shown in microcosm in the south east, quality of life is inversely proportional to population density, have you ever tried to go out on a nice sunny weekend? Forget it! More roads are not the answer, fewer people works!
The South East is the most densely populated part of the most densely populated country in Europe. Improving the traffic links will not solve any problems, it will simply encourage more house building and industry into an already vastly overpopulated area. Our biggest global problem is overpopulation and this is shown in microcosm in the south east, quality of life is inversely proportional to population density, have you ever tried to go out on a nice sunny weekend? Forget it! More roads are not the answer, fewer people works! A Dad
  • Score: 8

11:08am Sun 22 Jun 14

onorris24 says...

REMOVE AVERAGE SPEED CAMERAS, REMOVE THE PATHETIC ROUNDABOUT IN BASILDON, REPAIR THE RAYLEIGH UNDERPASS SO I DOESNT FLOOD EVERYTIME IT RAINS AND BUILD UNDER/OVERPASSES AT PROGRESS ROAD, KENT ELMS, TESCO ROUNDABOUT AND THE BELL JUNCTIONS. COMMON SENSE REALLY? traffic lights don't work on the a127. should be trying to make people get in to southend quicker, not take ages sitting at the bell of kent elms waiting for ages to get through the lights!
REMOVE AVERAGE SPEED CAMERAS, REMOVE THE PATHETIC ROUNDABOUT IN BASILDON, REPAIR THE RAYLEIGH UNDERPASS SO I DOESNT FLOOD EVERYTIME IT RAINS AND BUILD UNDER/OVERPASSES AT PROGRESS ROAD, KENT ELMS, TESCO ROUNDABOUT AND THE BELL JUNCTIONS. COMMON SENSE REALLY? traffic lights don't work on the a127. should be trying to make people get in to southend quicker, not take ages sitting at the bell of kent elms waiting for ages to get through the lights! onorris24
  • Score: 1

12:51pm Sun 22 Jun 14

onorris24 says...

tac123 wrote:
Maurice Le Frog wrote:
The biggest improvement you could make is to get traffic moving faster. Start by removing the revenue, sorry , safety cameras and raise the speed limit to a realistic level. For an arterial road?
Yes, bravo, get all that traffic passing through Rayleigh at a sensible speed to the back of those jams in southend a bit quicker! This is why you're not in charge of transport policy!
What southend needs is three lanes, variable speed limits depending on weight of traffic and better junctions with slip roads rather than the ridiculous junctions at progress road, rochford road and the laughable cuckoo corner! Go and take a look a peterborough, that's how to do a road network! I say compulsory purchase all the land at each side of the road and build something fit for purpose!
thank god someone else knows what southend needs! unlike councillors who think putting in traffic lights at the tesco roundabout will solve the problem.... thank god they're not in 'power' anymore
[quote][p][bold]tac123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maurice Le Frog[/bold] wrote: The biggest improvement you could make is to get traffic moving faster. Start by removing the revenue, sorry , safety cameras and raise the speed limit to a realistic level. For an arterial road?[/p][/quote]Yes, bravo, get all that traffic passing through Rayleigh at a sensible speed to the back of those jams in southend a bit quicker! This is why you're not in charge of transport policy! What southend needs is three lanes, variable speed limits depending on weight of traffic and better junctions with slip roads rather than the ridiculous junctions at progress road, rochford road and the laughable cuckoo corner! Go and take a look a peterborough, that's how to do a road network! I say compulsory purchase all the land at each side of the road and build something fit for purpose![/p][/quote]thank god someone else knows what southend needs! unlike councillors who think putting in traffic lights at the tesco roundabout will solve the problem.... thank god they're not in 'power' anymore onorris24
  • Score: 0

12:52pm Sun 22 Jun 14

onorris24 says...

besides, they spend so much money doing saddlers farm to 'improve' the flow, yet the a130/a127 junction is terrible!
besides, they spend so much money doing saddlers farm to 'improve' the flow, yet the a130/a127 junction is terrible! onorris24
  • Score: 2

6:39pm Sun 22 Jun 14

BrianOtridge says...

A Dad wrote:
The South East is the most densely populated part of the most densely populated country in Europe. Improving the traffic links will not solve any problems, it will simply encourage more house building and industry into an already vastly overpopulated area.
Our biggest global problem is overpopulation and this is shown in microcosm in the south east, quality of life is inversely proportional to population density, have you ever tried to go out on a nice sunny weekend? Forget it! More roads are not the answer, fewer people works!
Regrettably, there is precious little we can do about controlling the population of Great Britain, as the European Union is in control of that. The "Totally Open Borders" policy allows anyone living in the EU to come to Britain, whether or not they have a job.

And of course, Britain is an attractive destination. There are lots of minimum-wage jobs if you are prepared to work hard, but even that low pay is higher than in much of Eastern and Southern Europe. Add to that the extra attraction of free healthcare, out-of-work and in-work benefits, and you have a recipe for population growth, notably in the South-East, whether or not roads are built.

Yes, the A127 does need upgrading, but none of the "Legacy" LibLabCon parties have an appetite for large-scale road upgrades.
[quote][p][bold]A Dad[/bold] wrote: The South East is the most densely populated part of the most densely populated country in Europe. Improving the traffic links will not solve any problems, it will simply encourage more house building and industry into an already vastly overpopulated area. Our biggest global problem is overpopulation and this is shown in microcosm in the south east, quality of life is inversely proportional to population density, have you ever tried to go out on a nice sunny weekend? Forget it! More roads are not the answer, fewer people works![/p][/quote]Regrettably, there is precious little we can do about controlling the population of Great Britain, as the European Union is in control of that. The "Totally Open Borders" policy allows anyone living in the EU to come to Britain, whether or not they have a job. And of course, Britain is an attractive destination. There are lots of minimum-wage jobs if you are prepared to work hard, but even that low pay is higher than in much of Eastern and Southern Europe. Add to that the extra attraction of free healthcare, out-of-work and in-work benefits, and you have a recipe for population growth, notably in the South-East, whether or not roads are built. Yes, the A127 does need upgrading, but none of the "Legacy" LibLabCon parties have an appetite for large-scale road upgrades. BrianOtridge
  • Score: 1

12:52pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Ian P says...

Good luck to the team looking at this. The powers at be cannot get a few miserly potholes filled in correctly, let alone what is being suggested here. Unfortunately, no matter what you do to the existing road, if you cannot dramatically improve traffic dispersal when it reaches Southend, then you will always have queues. In fact as tac123 pointed out if you speed up the traffic on route to Southend you will just join the queue quicker. Anyone remember when the redesigned Weir was opened and all the so called experts were surprised the hold up just moved from the Weir to Progress Road?
Good luck to the team looking at this. The powers at be cannot get a few miserly potholes filled in correctly, let alone what is being suggested here. Unfortunately, no matter what you do to the existing road, if you cannot dramatically improve traffic dispersal when it reaches Southend, then you will always have queues. In fact as tac123 pointed out if you speed up the traffic on route to Southend you will just join the queue quicker. Anyone remember when the redesigned Weir was opened and all the so called experts were surprised the hold up just moved from the Weir to Progress Road? Ian P
  • Score: 0

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