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Sadlers Farm roundabout’s new surface is dangerous
A MOTORIST is calling for urgent action to be carried out on the road surface of Sadlers Farm after her car skidded 180 degrees and into the path of oncoming traffic.
Val Self, 56, took the terrifying spin on the temporary road surface at the notorious Benfleet roundabout, which is nearing the end of a £63million improvement scheme.
Mrs Self, who says she was driving “sensibly and slowly” in her Renault Clio because it had been raining overnight, believes the road surface laid down at the junction is too dangerous.
Her concerns come just two weeks after motorcyclist Neil Fenn, 26, of Canvey came off his bike at the junction, blasting the surface as “too slippery”.
Mrs Self, of Philmead Road, Benfleet, skidded early on Saturday morning as she was heading towards the A130 Chelmsford turn-off with her 21-year-old son, Stephen, in the passenger seat.
She said: “In the 25 years I’ve been driving, I’ve never skidded like this.
“We were so lucky there wasn’t much traffic about, otherwise I dread to think what would have happened. “We were completely the wrong way round on the road.
“My legs turned to jelly – it was scary.
“There was a van right behind me which was also going slowly, presumably because of the rain.”
Essex County Council said an independent road safety audit had already been carried out, and found the surface to be completely safe.
However, Mrs Self does not agree. She added: “If that road is not properly surfaced, sooner rather than later, there will be a fatality.
“I don’t see how anyone could deem that road surface safe.”
Contractors carrying out the Sadlers Farm improvements have had to down tools until the Olympic and Paralmypic Games are finished.
A spokesman for Essex County Council said: “The contractors can’t go on site to carry out any work until the embargo set by LOCOG has been lifted. “Once this is lifted, workers will be back on site.”