A13 shutdown between Pitsea and Sadlers Farm

Echo: A13 shutdown between Pitsea and Sadlers Farm A13 shutdown between Pitsea and Sadlers Farm

THE A13 has been closed for 48 hours between Pitsea and Sadlers Farm.

The road shut at 5am this morning and will remain closed until 5am on Monday while a bridge is demolished as part of the £65million Sadlers Farm junction scheme.

Contractors are spending the weekend taking down the old Church Road Bridge, which passes over the A13 in Pitsea, linking Church Road with London Road.

The closure is likely to cause huge delays for drivers, while some traders in nearby towns are even warning it could put them out of business.

Some people living nearby, aware of the likely chaos, are planning to stay off the road for the weekend.

Louise Smith, 35, of Downer Road, North Benfleet, said: “I don’t even want to imagine how bad it’s going to be. We’re not going to even attempt to get out.”

The closures are expected to lead to huge jams on roads as far out as Billericay and Brentwood, as drivers take to the A128, A127, A176 and A1245.

There are also concerns the roadworks could over-run, leaving the A13 closed for Monday morning’s rush hour.

This happened in November, when overnight resurfacing work on the A130 overran.

James Manston, 54, of Dinant Avenue, Canvey, has already changed his travel plans on Monday, in anticipation of serious delays.

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He said: “The traffic is just going to be a nightmare. Anyone brave enough to go out over the weekend will just get stuck in queues, because everyone will be trying to squeeze on to the old London Road and it’s all going to get backed up.”

Tracey Chapman, county councillor responsible for highways, apologised in advance for any disruption caused by the work.

She added: “It is absolutely necessary, in order for the safe deconstruction of the old Church Road Bridge to take place.”

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10:44am Sat 28 Apr 12

GentleGiant says...

So Tracey Chapman is still to blame?

Why was this work not carried out over 5 nights as originally planned?

Isn't it time the Echo actually asked the correct questions to ECC?
So Tracey Chapman is still to blame? Why was this work not carried out over 5 nights as originally planned? Isn't it time the Echo actually asked the correct questions to ECC? GentleGiant

11:11am Sat 28 Apr 12

APR says...

Up until 11am this morning, traffic doesn't seem any heavier around the Weir.
Up until 11am this morning, traffic doesn't seem any heavier around the Weir. APR

11:14am Sat 28 Apr 12

APR says...

As far as Ms Chapman is concerned, there are still a lot of unanswered questions about her involvement in this whole affair.

Including any financial inducements.
As far as Ms Chapman is concerned, there are still a lot of unanswered questions about her involvement in this whole affair. Including any financial inducements. APR

11:24am Sat 28 Apr 12

Nebs says...

APR wrote:
Up until 11am this morning, traffic doesn't seem any heavier around the Weir.
They are lucky it will be pi55istently raining this weekend, so lots of people who might use that road for a day out will stay at home.
Hope the bad weather doesn't affect the work and make it over run.
[quote][p][bold]APR[/bold] wrote: Up until 11am this morning, traffic doesn't seem any heavier around the Weir.[/p][/quote]They are lucky it will be pi55istently raining this weekend, so lots of people who might use that road for a day out will stay at home. Hope the bad weather doesn't affect the work and make it over run. Nebs

11:32am Sat 28 Apr 12

marshman says...

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http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=O6475u0wE G0 marshman

11:50am Sat 28 Apr 12

bob7 says...

I got home from work at 23:00 last night and had to wear ear plugs to get to sleep while they repaired the water main that had burst yesterday afternoon on London Road. They worked into the early hours.
I was up again at 05:00 to go back to work so got out of Benfleet before any traffic could build up. I finish at 18:30 and expect to get stuck in traffic, so if you see someone nodding off in the queue, give me a blast on the horn to wake me up! Ta.
I got home from work at 23:00 last night and had to wear ear plugs to get to sleep while they repaired the water main that had burst yesterday afternoon on London Road. They worked into the early hours. I was up again at 05:00 to go back to work so got out of Benfleet before any traffic could build up. I finish at 18:30 and expect to get stuck in traffic, so if you see someone nodding off in the queue, give me a blast on the horn to wake me up! Ta. bob7

11:53am Sat 28 Apr 12

vanilla ice says...

Just look on the Highways Agency website it knows all there is to know about the road Closures, after all that’s their job, isn’t it?
Just look on the Highways Agency website it knows all there is to know about the road Closures, after all that’s their job, isn’t it? vanilla ice

12:32pm Sat 28 Apr 12

caroljb says...

12.30 and Waterside roundabout was empty. Morrisons was packed however!! Must be great news for the local Canvey and Benfleet traders.
12.30 and Waterside roundabout was empty. Morrisons was packed however!! Must be great news for the local Canvey and Benfleet traders. caroljb

12:50pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Dan223 says...

On the way back home from hadleigh just a moment ago, there is normally a queue not far from kents hill to salders, didn't even need to stop at the tarpots.
On the way back home from hadleigh just a moment ago, there is normally a queue not far from kents hill to salders, didn't even need to stop at the tarpots. Dan223

2:50pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Yachtsman says...

To the Editor of the Echo - why do you keep repeating comments for Tracey Chapman? She has left the post get upto date comments
To the Editor of the Echo - why do you keep repeating comments for Tracey Chapman? She has left the post get upto date comments Yachtsman

2:54pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Yachtsman says...

Also how has the road BEEN CLOSED FOR 48 HOURS when the closure did not start until 05.00
Also how has the road BEEN CLOSED FOR 48 HOURS when the closure did not start until 05.00 Yachtsman

3:52pm Sat 28 Apr 12

basildon girl says...

Don't we all want a new roads to drive on so let's just let the people get on with what they are doing and it will be done quicker can't you just not drive down the a13 for 2days it not going to kill u is it there are plenty of ways round it so please just stop moaning !!!!
Don't we all want a new roads to drive on so let's just let the people get on with what they are doing and it will be done quicker can't you just not drive down the a13 for 2days it not going to kill u is it there are plenty of ways round it so please just stop moaning !!!! basildon girl

4:33pm Sat 28 Apr 12

John T Pharro says...

Nebs wrote:
APR wrote:
Up until 11am this morning, traffic doesn't seem any heavier around the Weir.
They are lucky it will be pi55istently raining this weekend, so lots of people who might use that road for a day out will stay at home.
Hope the bad weather doesn't affect the work and make it over run.
Spot on Nebs. Everyone I have spoken to on Canvey has decided to stay put and the dipping rain will only deter more to not travel.
Now as the finish approaches we all will see if the reason for all this expenditure and the disruption is going to work.
That is no more delays at Sadlers Farm, Tarpots and getting on and off Canvey. That is what this works was supposed to deliver.
If it doesn't ..............?
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]APR[/bold] wrote: Up until 11am this morning, traffic doesn't seem any heavier around the Weir.[/p][/quote]They are lucky it will be pi55istently raining this weekend, so lots of people who might use that road for a day out will stay at home. Hope the bad weather doesn't affect the work and make it over run.[/p][/quote]Spot on Nebs. Everyone I have spoken to on Canvey has decided to stay put and the dipping rain will only deter more to not travel. Now as the finish approaches we all will see if the reason for all this expenditure and the disruption is going to work. That is no more delays at Sadlers Farm, Tarpots and getting on and off Canvey. That is what this works was supposed to deliver. If it doesn't ..............? John T Pharro

5:30pm Sat 28 Apr 12

firedog says...

We want better roads,but then
some people moan when they are delayed bacause they are improving them.These types would complain about anything,it keeps them happy I suppose.
We want better roads,but then some people moan when they are delayed bacause they are improving them.These types would complain about anything,it keeps them happy I suppose. firedog

5:41pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Mitjt91 says...

I agree with some of the other people on here. Traffic seems unaffected really. If anything a tad quieter dare I say?
I agree with some of the other people on here. Traffic seems unaffected really. If anything a tad quieter dare I say? Mitjt91

6:45pm Sat 28 Apr 12

upset says...

The closure is likely to cause huge delays for drivers, while some traders in nearby towns are even warning it could put them out of business.
More echo scare stories, if business will be put out of business over a Saturday and Sunday road closures they were in a very sorry state already.
If it was said name the companies, I bet they don't.
The closure is likely to cause huge delays for drivers, while some traders in nearby towns are even warning it could put them out of business. More echo scare stories, if business will be put out of business over a Saturday and Sunday road closures they were in a very sorry state already. If it was said name the companies, I bet they don't. upset

7:34pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Happy in Westcliff says...

having spent the afternoon travelling in south essex i have encountered little disruption. The sheme is close to being finished and hopefully will make a massive difference, still people like to complain and find fault. "Glass half empty" seems the norm on this Echo site......
having spent the afternoon travelling in south essex i have encountered little disruption. The sheme is close to being finished and hopefully will make a massive difference, still people like to complain and find fault. "Glass half empty" seems the norm on this Echo site...... Happy in Westcliff

10:32pm Sat 28 Apr 12

bob7 says...

I think they found a solution to the traffic problem, close the A13!
I left work in Dagenham at 18:30 and got home as the 19:00 news started on the radio. 20 miles door to door and no hold up.
I did spare a thought for the poor people who are working in this rotten weather, can't be easy.
I think they found a solution to the traffic problem, close the A13! I left work in Dagenham at 18:30 and got home as the 19:00 news started on the radio. 20 miles door to door and no hold up. I did spare a thought for the poor people who are working in this rotten weather, can't be easy. bob7

10:19am Sun 29 Apr 12

Sweet P says...

Came through Pitsea to Tarpots and on to Hadleigh 4 p m Saturday less traffic than usual no hold ups!
Came through Pitsea to Tarpots and on to Hadleigh 4 p m Saturday less traffic than usual no hold ups! Sweet P

10:21am Sun 29 Apr 12

bob7 says...

These pictures will explain why they needed to close the A13 for the weekend and not just overnight.
https://plus.google.
com/photos/113366362
084886240923/albums/
5736397244980447873?
banner=pwa&gpsrc=pwr
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84886240923/albums/5
736397244980447873
These pictures will explain why they needed to close the A13 for the weekend and not just overnight. https://plus.google. com/photos/113366362 084886240923/albums/ 5736397244980447873? banner=pwa&gpsrc=pwr d1#photos/1133663620 84886240923/albums/5 736397244980447873 bob7

12:10pm Sun 29 Apr 12

Dan223 says...

John T Pharro wrote:
Nebs wrote:
APR wrote:
Up until 11am this morning, traffic doesn't seem any heavier around the Weir.
They are lucky it will be pi55istently raining this weekend, so lots of people who might use that road for a day out will stay at home.
Hope the bad weather doesn't affect the work and make it over run.
Spot on Nebs. Everyone I have spoken to on Canvey has decided to stay put and the dipping rain will only deter more to not travel.
Now as the finish approaches we all will see if the reason for all this expenditure and the disruption is going to work.
That is no more delays at Sadlers Farm, Tarpots and getting on and off Canvey. That is what this works was supposed to deliver.
If it doesn't ..............?
The thing is, they say that the new roads will take 30% of the traffic away from the roundabout, but they have said that the reason why they started making it single gatory earlier was because there was 30% less traffic using the road because of the roadwords. So I don't think this work will make the traffic hudgly improved, especially from the tarpots, where is all the extra traffic going to go when it gets to one lane?
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]APR[/bold] wrote: Up until 11am this morning, traffic doesn't seem any heavier around the Weir.[/p][/quote]They are lucky it will be pi55istently raining this weekend, so lots of people who might use that road for a day out will stay at home. Hope the bad weather doesn't affect the work and make it over run.[/p][/quote]Spot on Nebs. Everyone I have spoken to on Canvey has decided to stay put and the dipping rain will only deter more to not travel. Now as the finish approaches we all will see if the reason for all this expenditure and the disruption is going to work. That is no more delays at Sadlers Farm, Tarpots and getting on and off Canvey. That is what this works was supposed to deliver. If it doesn't ..............?[/p][/quote]The thing is, they say that the new roads will take 30% of the traffic away from the roundabout, but they have said that the reason why they started making it single gatory earlier was because there was 30% less traffic using the road because of the roadwords. So I don't think this work will make the traffic hudgly improved, especially from the tarpots, where is all the extra traffic going to go when it gets to one lane? Dan223

12:12pm Sun 29 Apr 12

Dan223 says...

bob7 wrote:
These pictures will explain why they needed to close the A13 for the weekend and not just overnight.
https://plus.google.

com/photos/113366362

084886240923/albums/

5736397244980447873?

banner=pwa&gpsrc
=pwr
d1#photos/1133663620

84886240923/albums/5

736397244980447873
The point is, why did they say, and plan that it will be completed overnight, when it wasn't possible? Poor planning like the whole project.
[quote][p][bold]bob7[/bold] wrote: These pictures will explain why they needed to close the A13 for the weekend and not just overnight. https://plus.google. com/photos/113366362 084886240923/albums/ 5736397244980447873? banner=pwa&gpsrc =pwr d1#photos/1133663620 84886240923/albums/5 736397244980447873[/p][/quote]The point is, why did they say, and plan that it will be completed overnight, when it wasn't possible? Poor planning like the whole project. Dan223

1:32pm Sun 29 Apr 12

quick one says...

keep up the good work boy keep it close for a week haha
keep up the good work boy keep it close for a week haha quick one

2:31pm Sun 29 Apr 12

vanilla ice says...

bob7 wrote:
These pictures will explain why they needed to close the A13 for the weekend and not just overnight.
https://plus.google.

com/photos/113366362

084886240923/albums/

5736397244980447873?

banner=pwa&gpsrc
=pwr
d1#photos/1133663620

84886240923/albums/5

736397244980447873
It’s a wonder the contractors didn’t have a team of navvies with pickaxes to do the demolition. A firm that does controlled explosions would have it down in seconds. And the local travellers would make short work of the scrap metal
[quote][p][bold]bob7[/bold] wrote: These pictures will explain why they needed to close the A13 for the weekend and not just overnight. https://plus.google. com/photos/113366362 084886240923/albums/ 5736397244980447873? banner=pwa&gpsrc =pwr d1#photos/1133663620 84886240923/albums/5 736397244980447873[/p][/quote]It’s a wonder the contractors didn’t have a team of navvies with pickaxes to do the demolition. A firm that does controlled explosions would have it down in seconds. And the local travellers would make short work of the scrap metal vanilla ice

6:47pm Sun 29 Apr 12

Si1 says...

vanilla ice wrote:
bob7 wrote:
These pictures will explain why they needed to close the A13 for the weekend and not just overnight.
https://plus.google.


com/photos/113366362


084886240923/albums/


5736397244980447873?


banner=pwa&gpsrc

=pwr
d1#photos/1133663620


84886240923/albums/5


736397244980447873
It’s a wonder the contractors didn’t have a team of navvies with pickaxes to do the demolition. A firm that does controlled explosions would have it down in seconds. And the local travellers would make short work of the scrap metal
I read elsewhere they did drop the bridge onto the road using explosives, around 8:20am Saturday then broke the rest of it up with diggers.
[quote][p][bold]vanilla ice[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bob7[/bold] wrote: These pictures will explain why they needed to close the A13 for the weekend and not just overnight. https://plus.google. com/photos/113366362 084886240923/albums/ 5736397244980447873? banner=pwa&gpsrc =pwr d1#photos/1133663620 84886240923/albums/5 736397244980447873[/p][/quote]It’s a wonder the contractors didn’t have a team of navvies with pickaxes to do the demolition. A firm that does controlled explosions would have it down in seconds. And the local travellers would make short work of the scrap metal[/p][/quote]I read elsewhere they did drop the bridge onto the road using explosives, around 8:20am Saturday then broke the rest of it up with diggers. Si1

7:08pm Sun 29 Apr 12

Greatscot1777 says...

Expected the A130 / A127 junction to the Basildon turn off to be a no go zone this weekend Due to the A13 closure but no holdups , if anything traffic lighter than usual! Brilliant, now if all you Canvey and Benfleet people stayed at home more often, think what a pleasure it would be driving on our local roads!
Expected the A130 / A127 junction to the Basildon turn off to be a no go zone this weekend Due to the A13 closure but no holdups , if anything traffic lighter than usual! Brilliant, now if all you Canvey and Benfleet people stayed at home more often, think what a pleasure it would be driving on our local roads! Greatscot1777

10:51pm Sun 29 Apr 12

bob64 says...

Would have been good to have echo reporter on the scene providing updates. Will the road be open again in the morning
Would have been good to have echo reporter on the scene providing updates. Will the road be open again in the morning bob64

7:31am Mon 30 Apr 12

caroljb says...

Greatscot1777 wrote:
Expected the A130 / A127 junction to the Basildon turn off to be a no go zone this weekend Due to the A13 closure but no holdups , if anything traffic lighter than usual! Brilliant, now if all you Canvey and Benfleet people stayed at home more often, think what a pleasure it would be driving on our local roads!
And that's exactly what we did!! Due to the terrible weather, and the A13 most people from Castlepoint either stayed at home or shopped in Southend. BUT a lot of the A13 traffic is Chelmsford, Burnham, Southminster residents who want to shop in Basildon and Lakeside. They stayed in Chelmsford this weekend, all the roads there were blocked with traffic.
[quote][p][bold]Greatscot1777[/bold] wrote: Expected the A130 / A127 junction to the Basildon turn off to be a no go zone this weekend Due to the A13 closure but no holdups , if anything traffic lighter than usual! Brilliant, now if all you Canvey and Benfleet people stayed at home more often, think what a pleasure it would be driving on our local roads![/p][/quote]And that's exactly what we did!! Due to the terrible weather, and the A13 most people from Castlepoint either stayed at home or shopped in Southend. BUT a lot of the A13 traffic is Chelmsford, Burnham, Southminster residents who want to shop in Basildon and Lakeside. They stayed in Chelmsford this weekend, all the roads there were blocked with traffic. caroljb

10:17am Mon 30 Apr 12

PJR121 says...

I love how the Echo tries to build up something, and then drops it when it becomes apparent it's not working.

Notice how the 'Had a nightmare journey? Contact the Echo' line has been removed?

It just shows the Echo doesn't do balanced reporting, instead trying to hype up the slightest thing to cause public outcry.

Yes, ok, the roadworks are overrunning, but what can be done about that? It's a case of just letting them get on with it. If things get bad afterward, then fine, complain then, but wait until the results before making judgement.
I love how the Echo tries to build up something, and then drops it when it becomes apparent it's not working. Notice how the 'Had a nightmare journey? Contact the Echo' line has been removed? It just shows the Echo doesn't do balanced reporting, instead trying to hype up the slightest thing to cause public outcry. Yes, ok, the roadworks are overrunning, but what can be done about that? It's a case of just letting them get on with it. If things get bad afterward, then fine, complain then, but wait until the results before making judgement. PJR121

11:17am Mon 30 Apr 12

APR says...

I think this in indicative of the quality of journalism in general these days.
I think this in indicative of the quality of journalism in general these days. APR

11:52am Mon 30 Apr 12

PJR121 says...

APR wrote:
I think this in indicative of the quality of journalism in general these days.
Unfortunately I have to agree, News wise anyway...
[quote][p][bold]APR[/bold] wrote: I think this in indicative of the quality of journalism in general these days.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately I have to agree, News wise anyway... PJR121

12:10pm Mon 30 Apr 12

PJR121 says...

Plus - just to say (sorry, slow news day my end), Where is the story about it re-opening on time? There's no reports on any of the travel websites about major delays due to overrunning work, so I guess it was?
Plus - just to say (sorry, slow news day my end), Where is the story about it re-opening on time? There's no reports on any of the travel websites about major delays due to overrunning work, so I guess it was? PJR121

1:04pm Mon 30 Apr 12

bob7 says...

I applaud them for a job well done! Road open by the time I went to work at 05:40 this morning.
I applaud them for a job well done! Road open by the time I went to work at 05:40 this morning. bob7

4:35pm Mon 30 Apr 12

upset says...

PJR121 wrote:
I love how the Echo tries to build up something, and then drops it when it becomes apparent it's not working.

Notice how the 'Had a nightmare journey? Contact the Echo' line has been removed?

It just shows the Echo doesn't do balanced reporting, instead trying to hype up the slightest thing to cause public outcry.

Yes, ok, the roadworks are overrunning, but what can be done about that? It's a case of just letting them get on with it. If things get bad afterward, then fine, complain then, but wait until the results before making judgement.
I asked the Echo to name the companies in my comment on Saturday and they have not, it speaks volumes about their original report.
[quote][p][bold]PJR121[/bold] wrote: I love how the Echo tries to build up something, and then drops it when it becomes apparent it's not working. Notice how the 'Had a nightmare journey? Contact the Echo' line has been removed? It just shows the Echo doesn't do balanced reporting, instead trying to hype up the slightest thing to cause public outcry. Yes, ok, the roadworks are overrunning, but what can be done about that? It's a case of just letting them get on with it. If things get bad afterward, then fine, complain then, but wait until the results before making judgement.[/p][/quote]I asked the Echo to name the companies in my comment on Saturday and they have not, it speaks volumes about their original report. upset

5:43pm Mon 30 Apr 12

PJR121 says...

upset wrote:
PJR121 wrote: I love how the Echo tries to build up something, and then drops it when it becomes apparent it's not working. Notice how the 'Had a nightmare journey? Contact the Echo' line has been removed? It just shows the Echo doesn't do balanced reporting, instead trying to hype up the slightest thing to cause public outcry. Yes, ok, the roadworks are overrunning, but what can be done about that? It's a case of just letting them get on with it. If things get bad afterward, then fine, complain then, but wait until the results before making judgement.
I asked the Echo to name the companies in my comment on Saturday and they have not, it speaks volumes about their original report.
I hadn't seen your original comment and have just read it - you are right on all counts! I fail to see how a shop or any other business could shut down for good due to a weekend road closure.

The businesses on the Sadler's Farm estate would still have had access to their stores - it was only the A13 closed, the roundabout wasn't and anyone diverted may even have passed them. Shops in London Road? Fail to see that...

Unless the reports that Tesco UK was losing money should have been linked to Sadler's Farm?
[quote][p][bold]upset[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PJR121[/bold] wrote: I love how the Echo tries to build up something, and then drops it when it becomes apparent it's not working. Notice how the 'Had a nightmare journey? Contact the Echo' line has been removed? It just shows the Echo doesn't do balanced reporting, instead trying to hype up the slightest thing to cause public outcry. Yes, ok, the roadworks are overrunning, but what can be done about that? It's a case of just letting them get on with it. If things get bad afterward, then fine, complain then, but wait until the results before making judgement.[/p][/quote]I asked the Echo to name the companies in my comment on Saturday and they have not, it speaks volumes about their original report.[/p][/quote]I hadn't seen your original comment and have just read it - you are right on all counts! I fail to see how a shop or any other business could shut down for good due to a weekend road closure. The businesses on the Sadler's Farm estate would still have had access to their stores - it was only the A13 closed, the roundabout wasn't and anyone diverted may even have passed them. Shops in London Road? Fail to see that... Unless the reports that Tesco UK was losing money should have been linked to Sadler's Farm? PJR121

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