Call for action over truck crash scene on Canvey

Call for action over truck crash scene on Canvey

Call for action over truck crash scene on Canvey

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COUNCILLORS are pushing for a narrow Canvey road where a lorry got stuck for six hours to be widened.

The truck got stuck, trying to turn at the junction of Foksville Road and Furtherwick Road at about 11.30am on Wednesday, bringing traffic on the busy route to a virtual halt.

It blocked one lane, causing chaos to nearby roads and preventing motorists from getting along the road until about 6pm.

It was the third such incident at the junction in the past year.

Canvey Island Independent Party councillors Martin Tucker and Dave Blackwell claim the county council had already agreed to improve the road, but hold-ups over Castle Point Council town centre regeneration plans delayed the work.

Mr Tucker said: “It was something that was waiting to happen.

“The regeneration plan has gone on for the past five-and-a-half years and still there has been no progress.”

Castle Point’s regeneration partnership wants to change the road layout as part of plans to modernise the town centre.

Mr Tucker added: “The road is narrow and the partnership wants two-way traffic. This is just impractical.

It’s just frustrating. Why is the regeneration taking so long?”

Town councillor Janice Payne said: “That road is very narrow and traffic can easily turn into gridlock.

“It’s just awkward. It really needs to be looked into, buses struggle to get past there, as well.

“An option would be to make the junction wider, but they would need the barriers there for safety. They are there to protect the footpath.”

Mr Blackwell, who leads the Canvey Island Independent Party’s group on the borough council, wants the road widened.

He said: “We had a lorry crash into the fence just last year. It caused so much chaos it held the road up for hours.

“We have been going on about this issue for a long time now.

“Money needs to be spent on this junction and action needs to be taken to widen the road.

“What happened could have been dangerous if someone had been standing near the crossing, close to the junction.”

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7:13pm Mon 23 Jun 14

EssexPerson says...

Usual over reaction. Plenty of lorries and buses successfully make that turning all the time. One dufas who can't get navigate it shouldn't mean spending tax payers money on a temporary solution whilst the regeneration plan is finalised.
Usual over reaction. Plenty of lorries and buses successfully make that turning all the time. One dufas who can't get navigate it shouldn't mean spending tax payers money on a temporary solution whilst the regeneration plan is finalised. EssexPerson
  • Score: 8

7:35pm Mon 23 Jun 14

RobertFoulger says...

There is no need whatsoever to widen the junction, I have been round there lots of times even with the Canvey Carnival, the problem is untrained foreign drivers, if you need advice about the roads ask someone with 35 years experience, not a councillor with a car license.
There is no need whatsoever to widen the junction, I have been round there lots of times even with the Canvey Carnival, the problem is untrained foreign drivers, if you need advice about the roads ask someone with 35 years experience, not a councillor with a car license. RobertFoulger
  • Score: 8

11:15am Tue 24 Jun 14

Fuzzylolly says...

Just seems like another photo opportunity. Where is the truck in the photo? If the councillors were any good at Their jobs something would surely have been done or at least in the pipeline. 5 and a half years and still nothing for the regeneration of our little town. Seems to have all gone to pot recently.
Just seems like another photo opportunity. Where is the truck in the photo? If the councillors were any good at Their jobs something would surely have been done or at least in the pipeline. 5 and a half years and still nothing for the regeneration of our little town. Seems to have all gone to pot recently. Fuzzylolly
  • Score: 2

6:19pm Tue 24 Jun 14

rayleigh-girl says...

The railings aren't the problem at this junction. The road is plenty wide enough for large vehicles (as a local bus driver, I know). The problem is the little, low-level, bell-type bollards placed on the road-side of said railings. They can be easy to lose in the mirrors of such large vehicles, and if you misjudge and hit one you've had it - they blow tyres, bend wheel rims and rip off bodywork. That's what this truck did - wedged one little bollard between his paired rear wheels. If the bollard wasn't there, he would have made it around the corner and carried on - or possibly scraped the railings a little - but still no blockage.
There's no need for these bollards - as the article states, the railings are there to protect the pavements - the railings don't need protecting too!!
The railings aren't the problem at this junction. The road is plenty wide enough for large vehicles (as a local bus driver, I know). The problem is the little, low-level, bell-type bollards placed on the road-side of said railings. They can be easy to lose in the mirrors of such large vehicles, and if you misjudge and hit one you've had it - they blow tyres, bend wheel rims and rip off bodywork. That's what this truck did - wedged one little bollard between his paired rear wheels. If the bollard wasn't there, he would have made it around the corner and carried on - or possibly scraped the railings a little - but still no blockage. There's no need for these bollards - as the article states, the railings are there to protect the pavements - the railings don't need protecting too!! rayleigh-girl
  • Score: 2

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