£100k is set aside for Canvey escape route

RAIL bosses have secured £100,000 to reinforce Canvey’s great escape route over Christmas.

Ferry Road will be closed this festive season while work is undertaken to replace the 100-year-old railway bridge at Benfleet station.

The news sparked concerns islanders would be stranded in the event of an emergency as it is one of only two routes to the mainland.

Now, proposals to reopen two access roads are firmly in place after Network Rail revealed it has set aside the massive lump sum to create a temporary road over the railway line connecting Ferry Road to Benfleet High Street.

A security guard will be in place 24 hours a day to ensure it is only used by police, fire and ambulance crews; however motorists could use it in the event of an incident on the A130 Canvey Way.

A spokesman from Network Rail said: “The £100k is a contingency fund. It has been put in place so allow for any remedial work that may need to be done to the temporary level crossing and to cover the costs associated with having a member of staff on duty at the crossing 24 hrs a day to facilitate use by the emergency services.”

Bosses confirmed the details at a meeting with representatives from First Buses, Regal Busways, local taxi drivers and county councillors Ray Howard, Colin Riley and Brian Wood.

The meeting, organised by Essex County Council, addressed matters such as relocating the taxi rank outside the station, rerouting local bus services and organising a drop off point for residents picking up and dropping off people at the station.

Arrangements are also being made to open a second access road linking Northwick Road in Canvey to Pitsea train station.

Mr Howard, who is also a town and borough councillor said: “I am over the moon that things are coming together. We saw the effects this road closure has on the road network a few weeks ago which is why myself and MP Rebecca Harris have been working so hard to get these two roads open.

“The work is being done at the quietest time of the year, when most shops are closed and people stay indoors, but we need a plan in place if anything happens.”

Drivers will be unable to use Ferry Road on December 9 and 10, and between December 22 and 31.

Passengers will have to use replacement bus services between Leigh and Pitsea from Christmas Eve to New Years Eve.

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12:21pm Mon 19 Nov 12

upset says...

Proof readers on hols. It has been put in place so allow for any remedial work.
It looks like those nasty useless Tory's have been sorting out alternative emergency access.
Proof readers on hols. It has been put in place so allow for any remedial work. It looks like those nasty useless Tory's have been sorting out alternative emergency access. upset
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12:32pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

Incredible ineptitude here - beggars belief?
Incredible ineptitude here - beggars belief? Olivia2847
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3:17pm Mon 19 Nov 12

GentleGiant says...

How on earth are the bus routes going to work?
How on earth are the bus routes going to work? GentleGiant
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3:45pm Mon 19 Nov 12

alsopuzzled says...

Not quite sure what I am reading here. Two access roads are being opened
well not really as we will only have access to one. Second comment which rings hollow is " this work is being done at the quietest time of the year", however drivers cannot use Ferry Road during 9-10 December and from 22nd December to 31st. Since when has the week before Christmas been the "quietest time of the year"?
Not quite sure what I am reading here. Two access roads are being opened well not really as we will only have access to one. Second comment which rings hollow is " this work is being done at the quietest time of the year", however drivers cannot use Ferry Road during 9-10 December and from 22nd December to 31st. Since when has the week before Christmas been the "quietest time of the year"? alsopuzzled
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5:04pm Mon 19 Nov 12

John T Pharro says...

Read carefully it is an access for emergency vehicles only and MAY be used for motorist if Canvey Way is closed. Has anyone looked at Ferry Road and how narrow it is? No emergency vehicles at all would get through if motorists were to use it it would be grid locked immediately.
Much as Councillor Howard and our MP have rightly ensured emergency access you really would have thought this would have been in place automatically.
Read carefully it is an access for emergency vehicles only and MAY be used for motorist if Canvey Way is closed. Has anyone looked at Ferry Road and how narrow it is? No emergency vehicles at all would get through if motorists were to use it it would be grid locked immediately. Much as Councillor Howard and our MP have rightly ensured emergency access you really would have thought this would have been in place automatically. John T Pharro
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6:46pm Mon 19 Nov 12

John T Pharro says...

GentleGiant wrote:
How on earth are the bus routes going to work?
Well, I assume stop at Benfleet Station north side. Passengers walk through station underpass to south of the station. Buses lined up to onward journey. Reverse procedure if going towards the mainland from Canvey.
Just hope Canvey Way is not closed due to an "incident" because, buses will be mixed up with the motorists IF the temporary crossing over the rails is allowed.
Well throughout scheme eh?
[quote][p][bold]GentleGiant[/bold] wrote: How on earth are the bus routes going to work?[/p][/quote]Well, I assume stop at Benfleet Station north side. Passengers walk through station underpass to south of the station. Buses lined up to onward journey. Reverse procedure if going towards the mainland from Canvey. Just hope Canvey Way is not closed due to an "incident" because, buses will be mixed up with the motorists IF the temporary crossing over the rails is allowed. Well throughout scheme eh? John T Pharro
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6:49pm Mon 19 Nov 12

John T Pharro says...

John T Pharro wrote:
GentleGiant wrote:
How on earth are the bus routes going to work?
Well, I assume stop at Benfleet Station north side. Passengers walk through station underpass to south of the station. Buses lined up to onward journey. Reverse procedure if going towards the mainland from Canvey.
Just hope Canvey Way is not closed due to an "incident" because, buses will be mixed up with the motorists IF the temporary crossing over the rails is allowed.
Well throughout scheme eh?
Sorry should have said THOUGHT OUT scheme of course. .
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GentleGiant[/bold] wrote: How on earth are the bus routes going to work?[/p][/quote]Well, I assume stop at Benfleet Station north side. Passengers walk through station underpass to south of the station. Buses lined up to onward journey. Reverse procedure if going towards the mainland from Canvey. Just hope Canvey Way is not closed due to an "incident" because, buses will be mixed up with the motorists IF the temporary crossing over the rails is allowed. Well throughout scheme eh?[/p][/quote]Sorry should have said THOUGHT OUT scheme of course. . John T Pharro
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8:19pm Mon 19 Nov 12

GentleGiant says...

I can see someone protesting at the lack of a third road by organising a go slow on the A130 during this week - or perhaps the weekend of 9th/10th - it would certainly highlight the issue and cause major disruption - would probably get national coverage.
I can see someone protesting at the lack of a third road by organising a go slow on the A130 during this week - or perhaps the weekend of 9th/10th - it would certainly highlight the issue and cause major disruption - would probably get national coverage. GentleGiant
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10:26pm Mon 19 Nov 12

John T Pharro says...

GentleGiant wrote:
I can see someone protesting at the lack of a third road by organising a go slow on the A130 during this week - or perhaps the weekend of 9th/10th - it would certainly highlight the issue and cause major disruption - would probably get national coverage.
Might not need to organise it, might just happen anyway.
[quote][p][bold]GentleGiant[/bold] wrote: I can see someone protesting at the lack of a third road by organising a go slow on the A130 during this week - or perhaps the weekend of 9th/10th - it would certainly highlight the issue and cause major disruption - would probably get national coverage.[/p][/quote]Might not need to organise it, might just happen anyway. John T Pharro
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10:53am Tue 20 Nov 12

GentleGiant says...

Actually the article is wrong - the road is closed on Sunday the 9th and the 16th December and not the 9th/10th. (according to the sign there today)

Interestingly the road closures are not mentioned on http://apps.castlepo
int.gov.uk/cpapps/in
dex.cfm?fa=calendar.
viewAll&cat=5&calDat
e=2012/01/19 - so does that mean they can't go ahead - or is it not a council matter?
Actually the article is wrong - the road is closed on Sunday the 9th and the 16th December and not the 9th/10th. (according to the sign there today) Interestingly the road closures are not mentioned on http://apps.castlepo int.gov.uk/cpapps/in dex.cfm?fa=calendar. viewAll&cat=5&calDat e=2012/01/19 - so does that mean they can't go ahead - or is it not a council matter? GentleGiant
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