OK for £27m plan to beat congestion at Canvey and Basildon

A £27MILLION package of measures to ease traffic congestion will be completed in just over two years after the final plans won permission from the Government.

Ministers have agreed to release the cash to extend Roscommon Way on Canvey and fund a series of improvements to the A127 at Basildon.

The extension to Roscommon Way will cost £12.1million to link it up with Haven Road, improving access to the Charfleets Industrial Estate.

In Basildon, slip lanes and approaches to roundabouts will be widened, new dedicated left-turn lanes will be created and early-warning signals for motorists will be fitted in and around Cranes Farm Road, East Mayne and the Fairglen junction, where the A127 meets the A130.

Pam Challis, Tory leader of Castle Point Council, said: “I am pleased this infrastructure investment is going to Canvey.

“We all recognise the huge congestion problems the island has. This will go a long way to improving traffic flow.”

Malcolm Buckley, Conservative leader of Basildon Council, said easing congestion on roads was a priority for businesses.

He said: “It will help us secure the businesses that are already here and make it more attractive for those who may join us over the coming years.”

It is hoped the cash for Canvey will help regenerate the trading estate and deliver up to 1,600 new jobs, as well as relieving congestion in Long Road.

Mark Jefford, director of South Eastern Road Tankers which operates out of the estate, said the extension would make a real difference to his business.

He said: “I have 44-tonne lorries trying to get up Charfleets Road at the moment and it can be really awkward. I don’t think it will bring more business, but it will make life a lot easier.”

Albert Kar, 37, owner of Crownoak Logistics, Whitmore Way, Basildon, said improvements to the A127 could make all the difference to him. He said: “Every single minute counts in this business, so I do welcome the improvements if they mean better traffic during rush hour.

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12:10pm Mon 1 Dec 08

Mad 'M' says...

The extension of Roscommon Way to Haven Road will do nothing to alleviate the congeation on Long Road. This will only happen when it is extended to link up with the Thorney Bay Road/Western Esplanade. Unfortunately its going to be one of Canvey's "roads to nowhere"!!
The extension of Roscommon Way to Haven Road will do nothing to alleviate the congeation on Long Road. This will only happen when it is extended to link up with the Thorney Bay Road/Western Esplanade. Unfortunately its going to be one of Canvey's "roads to nowhere"!! Mad 'M'

12:20pm Mon 1 Dec 08

Curbishly says...

Any road that leads to Canvey is a road to nowhere.
Any road that leads to Canvey is a road to nowhere. Curbishly

4:20pm Mon 1 Dec 08

Fred26 says...

I agree with Mad 'M' somewhat, in that until the new road links with Thorney Bay, it won't have much effect on traffic in the evening peak.
However, as it will link to the Charfleets industrial estate, it should still stop all traffic that comes from off the island and into said estate, using Canvey Road/Long Road. It will also stop lorries using Haven Road in its entirety.

To most of us though, the road will indeed be useless (until it's extended again).
I agree with Mad 'M' somewhat, in that until the new road links with Thorney Bay, it won't have much effect on traffic in the evening peak. However, as it will link to the Charfleets industrial estate, it should still stop all traffic that comes from off the island and into said estate, using Canvey Road/Long Road. It will also stop lorries using Haven Road in its entirety. To most of us though, the road will indeed be useless (until it's extended again). Fred26

4:27pm Mon 1 Dec 08

Cambrensis says...

Every journey starts with the first step.(sorry for the pun). The link to thorney bay has to start with the first link to haven road. At least all the heavy traffic to charfleets will go on the new road and perhaps stop the accidents that happen all the time at that pedestrian crossing in front of charfleets.
Every journey starts with the first step.(sorry for the pun). The link to thorney bay has to start with the first link to haven road. At least all the heavy traffic to charfleets will go on the new road and perhaps stop the accidents that happen all the time at that pedestrian crossing in front of charfleets. Cambrensis

7:32pm Mon 1 Dec 08

xda2man says...

What a waste of £12+million. No matter what traffic arrives from South West Canvey when it arrives at Waterside Roundabout it will still have to stop and give way to the continuous traffic travelling along Sones Avenue and going off the island either via Ferry Road (Benfleet) or Canvey Way!! Why don't they spend at least part of the money joining the 2 lanes along Somnes Avenue that go into one lane then back to 2 lanes before Link Road, which causes a bottleneck 7 days a week!! Or at least another lane to Canvey Way even a hard shoulder for breakdowns and emergency vehicles would be a better use of the money. What are these idiots thinking of.
What a waste of £12+million. No matter what traffic arrives from South West Canvey when it arrives at Waterside Roundabout it will still have to stop and give way to the continuous traffic travelling along Sones Avenue and going off the island either via Ferry Road (Benfleet) or Canvey Way!! Why don't they spend at least part of the money joining the 2 lanes along Somnes Avenue that go into one lane then back to 2 lanes before Link Road, which causes a bottleneck 7 days a week!! Or at least another lane to Canvey Way even a hard shoulder for breakdowns and emergency vehicles would be a better use of the money. What are these idiots thinking of. xda2man

8:11pm Mon 1 Dec 08

PJR says...

That's fantastic, just what we need - wider slip roads to ease congestion...

Why not smooth out the Fortune of War with the money? Oh yes, too difficult...
That's fantastic, just what we need - wider slip roads to ease congestion... Why not smooth out the Fortune of War with the money? Oh yes, too difficult... PJR

3:28am Tue 2 Dec 08

Sand-Dancer says...

I wonder how much of the £27 million will be eaten up by different studies and self interest groups before work actually begins?
I wonder how much of the £27 million will be eaten up by different studies and self interest groups before work actually begins? Sand-Dancer
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