£155million road revamp welcomed

Echo: Secretary of State Justine Greening with dignitaries Secretary of State Justine Greening with dignitaries

POLITICIANS and business leaders have welcomed the £155million investment to widen the A13, unclog the A127 and revamp Southend town centre.

Govenment minister Justine Greening visited the London Gateway superport on Monday, to explain how Government cash would spend the cash.

Speaking at the £1.5billion port in Corringham, the Secretary of State for International Development, said: “This is a massive investment into the South East Local Enterprise Partnership area and hugely important for the UK economy.

“Through this innovative Growth Deal with local business and councils, we’re rebalancing national growth to ensure local businesses can grow and new jobs can supported in the South East and across the country.

“Working with the LEP – MPs, councils and businesses – it’s now down to us all to get these projects delivered.”

A four-and-a-half mile stretch of the A13, between Pitsea and the Orsett Cock, in Thurrock, is to be widened to six lanes, partly to accommodate new traffic from the port.

The Fairglen and Nevendon interchanges and Kent Elms and Bell junctions of the A127 will all be improved in the next six years, to unblock jams and boost the economy.

Southend will get a facelift, with £6.7million to flatten derelict office blocks blighting Victoria Avenue and £7million to improve transport in the town centre.

Ron Woodley, leader of Southend Council said: “I am delighted the funding announced will see more than £50million of growth funding coming into Southend over the next six years.”

Town clerk Rob Tinlin said: “This is further demonstration from Government that Southend is a town and a council that delivers.”

John Kent, leader of Thurrock Council, described the confirmation the A13 is to be widened as “good news for the economic future of Thurrock and South Essex”.

He added: “Major projects such as the new London Gateway port, expansion at the Port of Tilbury and Thames Enterprise Park are contributing to economic recovery and delivering jobs for our people. An enhanced A13 will help us deliver our objective of 26,000 new jobs and 18,000 new homes in Thurrock.” Junctions in Basildon will also be tweaked to help prevent congestion.

Phil Turner, the leader of Basildon Council added: “It is fantastic news Basildon and the local area will benefit from this investment. We lobbied the government hard to ensure Basildon and its residents got a share of this funding, which will improve the local transport system.”

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12:20pm Wed 9 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

"The Fairglen and Nevendon interchanges and Kent Elms and Bell junctions of the A127 will all be improved in the next six years, to unblock jams and boost the economy".......pleas
e, please stop lying !!! the improvements are to accomodate the 7000 or so more houses that are coming, and the massive increases in traffic that will result, its as simple as that...
"The Fairglen and Nevendon interchanges and Kent Elms and Bell junctions of the A127 will all be improved in the next six years, to unblock jams and boost the economy".......pleas e, please stop lying !!! the improvements are to accomodate the 7000 or so more houses that are coming, and the massive increases in traffic that will result, its as simple as that... pembury53
  • Score: 6

4:49pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

And any road improvements are to do with the London Gateway.
The only way there will ever be less congestion is if more people are encouraged to get out of their cars. Until that happens expect to be sat in your car, going nowhere, for longer and longer.
And any road improvements are to do with the London Gateway. The only way there will ever be less congestion is if more people are encouraged to get out of their cars. Until that happens expect to be sat in your car, going nowhere, for longer and longer. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 0

9:11pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Mr Mad says...

Oh dear more road worsening schemes. Victoria gateway all over again.
Oh dear more road worsening schemes. Victoria gateway all over again. Mr Mad
  • Score: 1

11:36pm Wed 9 Jul 14

jayman says...

"Major projects such as the new London Gateway port, expansion at the Port of Tilbury and Thames Enterprise Park are contributing to economic recovery and delivering jobs for our people."

rehash

uncoordinated and ineffective projects such as the new import (its not a gate) port. expansion of Tilbury port (built in the wrong place to begin with) and the Thames enterprise park (ghost town) are contributing (by way of foreign investment, ownership and wealth bleeding profusely into overseas bank accounts) to economic recovery (UK banks handling the aforementioned profuse bleeding of UK wealth into overseas bank accounts) and delivering jobs for our people (imposable to define who 'our people' are in an open EU employment market. Probably zero ours contract heavy. Mostly automated industries).

dear echo.. Can I get a job with your publication? I am willing to work for free but in the interests comparing and contrasting press releases and in the interests of basic common sense.
"Major projects such as the new London Gateway port, expansion at the Port of Tilbury and Thames Enterprise Park are contributing to economic recovery and delivering jobs for our people." rehash uncoordinated and ineffective projects such as the new import (its not a gate) port. expansion of Tilbury port (built in the wrong place to begin with) and the Thames enterprise park (ghost town) are contributing (by way of foreign investment, ownership and wealth bleeding profusely into overseas bank accounts) to economic recovery (UK banks handling the aforementioned profuse bleeding of UK wealth into overseas bank accounts) and delivering jobs for our people (imposable to define who 'our people' are in an open EU employment market. Probably zero ours contract heavy. Mostly automated industries). dear echo.. Can I get a job with your publication? I am willing to work for free but in the interests comparing and contrasting press releases and in the interests of basic common sense. jayman
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11:41pm Wed 9 Jul 14

jayman says...

26,000 new jobs.. And everyone knows the rule on job creation announcements! Halve the number of jobs announced. Halve new figure again ***~~~actual number of jobs~~~*** half of these jobs will be zero hour part time contracts..
26,000 new jobs.. And everyone knows the rule on job creation announcements! Halve the number of jobs announced. Halve new figure again ***~~~actual number of jobs~~~*** half of these jobs will be zero hour part time contracts.. jayman
  • Score: 0

9:30am Thu 10 Jul 14

roger moore says...

they should also widen the a127.
they should also widen the a127. roger moore
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