Fury as 4 roadworks schemes undertaken on A13 at same time

First published in Local News

FURY has erupted after four major roadworks schemes are being conducted on the A13 by five different authorities at the same time.

Frustrated motorists travelling along the Southend-bound carriageway were taken through four separate diversion routes last week as work was ongoing at four junctions on the busy dual carriageway.

Essex County Council is still carrying out the £63million remodelling of Sadlers Farm causing local road closures and is also creating a new £10million junction at Stanford-le-Hope.

However, works are also being carried out at the junction between the M25 and A13 by Thurrock Council, the Highways Agency was undertaking a litterpick along the A13, and Transport for London was undertaking roadworks at the Ripple Road junction.

Drivers have criticised highways agencies accusing them of poor management allowing all four projects to overlap.

Derek Oliver, of Essex Way, Benfleet, said: “Driving back to Benfleet after a dinner event in London, I reached the Beckton Flyover and commented to my passengers that it would only be a half hour before we got home. That was a serious mistake.

“Are we, the A13 users, just unlucky? In a show of great ability to coordinate, I think somebody is trying to get the award for the most dug-up road in England. We must have seriously upset someone for them to be so vindictive.

“All in all, our 30 minute journey took over an hour.”

Essex County Council announced this week it hopes Sadlers Farm will be completed at the end of January.

The roadworks at Stanford-le-Hope, which will see a new, three-lane roundabout, with traffic lights and a sliproad, from The Manorway on to the A13, are expected to be completed next October.

An Essex County Council spokesperson said: “Where ECC highways works are considered to have a potential impact on traffic in other areas, we will always liaise closely with neighbouring highways authorities to ensure disruption is minimised as much as possible.”

A Highways Agency spokesperson said: “We always do our best to keep disruption caused by roadworks to an absolute minimum, and carry out the majority of our roadworks overnight, when traffic flows are lowest.

“Where diversions are needed, we agree them in advance with the relevant emergency services and local highway authorities.

“We publish live traffic information 24 hours a day – this information is also shared with traffic information providers across the country to give drivers the best possible opportunity to check conditions before setting out on a journey.”

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7:52pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Fallguy9999 says...

We should all know by now any roadworks on the A13 smack of total and utter incompetence, ruin commuters lives and no one in authority cares.
It would be great to have the incompetents who signed this work off together out of their jobs.
They will make Xmas a little more merry!!!!
We should all know by now any roadworks on the A13 smack of total and utter incompetence, ruin commuters lives and no one in authority cares. It would be great to have the incompetents who signed this work off together out of their jobs. They will make Xmas a little more merry!!!! Fallguy9999
  • Score: 6

7:56pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Nebs says...

They can't win. Do them all together and they get slagged off for long delays, do them at different times and get slagged off as there are always delays.
They can't win. Do them all together and they get slagged off for long delays, do them at different times and get slagged off as there are always delays. Nebs
  • Score: -2

6:10am Sat 24 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

Nebs wrote:
They can't win. Do them all together and they get slagged off for long delays, do them at different times and get slagged off as there are always delays.
All this information has been available for months .........
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: They can't win. Do them all together and they get slagged off for long delays, do them at different times and get slagged off as there are always delays.[/p][/quote]All this information has been available for months ......... Olivia2847
  • Score: 2

7:41am Sat 24 Nov 12

Brunning999 says...

I feel this is how all things are being done in this country these days.

Find the cheapest price from a list of preferred contractors who then employ cheap sub contractors.

No co ordination because the main contractors and authorities either don't liaise properly or don't care about dates times and the end result.

And employees of both Authorities and contractors who are poorly trained with inadequate 2 week training courses which were replaced by 5 year apprenticeship schemes.

We now pay the least and get the worst and cheapest quality work.

And very few people other than local Councillors who use public complaints to get votes and newspapers who fill pages with sad stories CARE!
I feel this is how all things are being done in this country these days. Find the cheapest price from a list of preferred contractors who then employ cheap sub contractors. No co ordination because the main contractors and authorities either don't liaise properly or don't care about dates times and the end result. And employees of both Authorities and contractors who are poorly trained with inadequate 2 week training courses which were replaced by 5 year apprenticeship schemes. We now pay the least and get the worst and cheapest quality work. And very few people other than local Councillors who use public complaints to get votes and newspapers who fill pages with sad stories CARE! Brunning999
  • Score: 3

10:38am Sat 24 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

Brunning999 wrote:
I feel this is how all things are being done in this country these days.

Find the cheapest price from a list of preferred contractors who then employ cheap sub contractors.

No co ordination because the main contractors and authorities either don't liaise properly or don't care about dates times and the end result.

And employees of both Authorities and contractors who are poorly trained with inadequate 2 week training courses which were replaced by 5 year apprenticeship schemes.

We now pay the least and get the worst and cheapest quality work.

And very few people other than local Councillors who use public complaints to get votes and newspapers who fill pages with sad stories CARE!
All this information has been in the public domain for months, allowing the contractors to pool resources, planning and other work to run in tandem. Otherwise it becomes like the Flanders and Swan song about the gas man!
[quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: I feel this is how all things are being done in this country these days. Find the cheapest price from a list of preferred contractors who then employ cheap sub contractors. No co ordination because the main contractors and authorities either don't liaise properly or don't care about dates times and the end result. And employees of both Authorities and contractors who are poorly trained with inadequate 2 week training courses which were replaced by 5 year apprenticeship schemes. We now pay the least and get the worst and cheapest quality work. And very few people other than local Councillors who use public complaints to get votes and newspapers who fill pages with sad stories CARE![/p][/quote]All this information has been in the public domain for months, allowing the contractors to pool resources, planning and other work to run in tandem. Otherwise it becomes like the Flanders and Swan song about the gas man! Olivia2847
  • Score: 3

11:16am Sat 24 Nov 12

Woodenspoon says...

If people could be bothered to do a quick search before leaving home or going out for the evening etc, they would find out about all these road works etc and could make appropriate plans or alternative routes. Reading the road signs about advance warnings would also give them the information they needed. While there is one set of works going on its best to get all the others done at the same time, one lot of disruption for a period of time rather than 4 or 5 lots of separate disruptions. People really should get out a bit more and stop moaning so much about the stupid silly little things in life.
If the roads were left, they would moan, if the roads are worked on they moan. People seem to moan at any little inconvenience that affects them, but its for their benefit in the long run, so learn to accept that it needs to be done and there will be times it has a small impact on you and shut the hell up, just for once!!!!!
If people could be bothered to do a quick search before leaving home or going out for the evening etc, they would find out about all these road works etc and could make appropriate plans or alternative routes. Reading the road signs about advance warnings would also give them the information they needed. While there is one set of works going on its best to get all the others done at the same time, one lot of disruption for a period of time rather than 4 or 5 lots of separate disruptions. People really should get out a bit more and stop moaning so much about the stupid silly little things in life. If the roads were left, they would moan, if the roads are worked on they moan. People seem to moan at any little inconvenience that affects them, but its for their benefit in the long run, so learn to accept that it needs to be done and there will be times it has a small impact on you and shut the hell up, just for once!!!!! Woodenspoon
  • Score: 3

11:30am Sat 24 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

Woodenspoon wrote:
If people could be bothered to do a quick search before leaving home or going out for the evening etc, they would find out about all these road works etc and could make appropriate plans or alternative routes. Reading the road signs about advance warnings would also give them the information they needed. While there is one set of works going on its best to get all the others done at the same time, one lot of disruption for a period of time rather than 4 or 5 lots of separate disruptions. People really should get out a bit more and stop moaning so much about the stupid silly little things in life.
If the roads were left, they would moan, if the roads are worked on they moan. People seem to moan at any little inconvenience that affects them, but its for their benefit in the long run, so learn to accept that it needs to be done and there will be times it has a small impact on you and shut the hell up, just for once!!!!!
Thank you Sir or Madam!
[quote][p][bold]Woodenspoon[/bold] wrote: If people could be bothered to do a quick search before leaving home or going out for the evening etc, they would find out about all these road works etc and could make appropriate plans or alternative routes. Reading the road signs about advance warnings would also give them the information they needed. While there is one set of works going on its best to get all the others done at the same time, one lot of disruption for a period of time rather than 4 or 5 lots of separate disruptions. People really should get out a bit more and stop moaning so much about the stupid silly little things in life. If the roads were left, they would moan, if the roads are worked on they moan. People seem to moan at any little inconvenience that affects them, but its for their benefit in the long run, so learn to accept that it needs to be done and there will be times it has a small impact on you and shut the hell up, just for once!!!!![/p][/quote]Thank you Sir or Madam! Olivia2847
  • Score: 4

5:07pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Brunning999 says...

Olivia2847 wrote:
Brunning999 wrote:
I feel this is how all things are being done in this country these days.

Find the cheapest price from a list of preferred contractors who then employ cheap sub contractors.

No co ordination because the main contractors and authorities either don't liaise properly or don't care about dates times and the end result.

And employees of both Authorities and contractors who are poorly trained with inadequate 2 week training courses which were replaced by 5 year apprenticeship schemes.

We now pay the least and get the worst and cheapest quality work.

And very few people other than local Councillors who use public complaints to get votes and newspapers who fill pages with sad stories CARE!
All this information has been in the public domain for months, allowing the contractors to pool resources, planning and other work to run in tandem. Otherwise it becomes like the Flanders and Swan song about the gas man!
And your point is?
[quote][p][bold]Olivia2847[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: I feel this is how all things are being done in this country these days. Find the cheapest price from a list of preferred contractors who then employ cheap sub contractors. No co ordination because the main contractors and authorities either don't liaise properly or don't care about dates times and the end result. And employees of both Authorities and contractors who are poorly trained with inadequate 2 week training courses which were replaced by 5 year apprenticeship schemes. We now pay the least and get the worst and cheapest quality work. And very few people other than local Councillors who use public complaints to get votes and newspapers who fill pages with sad stories CARE![/p][/quote]All this information has been in the public domain for months, allowing the contractors to pool resources, planning and other work to run in tandem. Otherwise it becomes like the Flanders and Swan song about the gas man![/p][/quote]And your point is? Brunning999
  • Score: 1

8:08pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

Brunning999 wrote:
Olivia2847 wrote:
Brunning999 wrote:
I feel this is how all things are being done in this country these days.

Find the cheapest price from a list of preferred contractors who then employ cheap sub contractors.

No co ordination because the main contractors and authorities either don't liaise properly or don't care about dates times and the end result.

And employees of both Authorities and contractors who are poorly trained with inadequate 2 week training courses which were replaced by 5 year apprenticeship schemes.

We now pay the least and get the worst and cheapest quality work.

And very few people other than local Councillors who use public complaints to get votes and newspapers who fill pages with sad stories CARE!
All this information has been in the public domain for months, allowing the contractors to pool resources, planning and other work to run in tandem. Otherwise it becomes like the Flanders and Swan song about the gas man!
And your point is?
The point is that this is not a new story, has been available for weeks, well documented and at the last moment everyone is throwing their hands In tenant and saying what the duck is going on!
[quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Olivia2847[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: I feel this is how all things are being done in this country these days. Find the cheapest price from a list of preferred contractors who then employ cheap sub contractors. No co ordination because the main contractors and authorities either don't liaise properly or don't care about dates times and the end result. And employees of both Authorities and contractors who are poorly trained with inadequate 2 week training courses which were replaced by 5 year apprenticeship schemes. We now pay the least and get the worst and cheapest quality work. And very few people other than local Councillors who use public complaints to get votes and newspapers who fill pages with sad stories CARE![/p][/quote]All this information has been in the public domain for months, allowing the contractors to pool resources, planning and other work to run in tandem. Otherwise it becomes like the Flanders and Swan song about the gas man![/p][/quote]And your point is?[/p][/quote]The point is that this is not a new story, has been available for weeks, well documented and at the last moment everyone is throwing their hands In tenant and saying what the duck is going on! Olivia2847
  • Score: 0

9:03pm Sat 24 Nov 12

GentleGiant says...

Essex County Council announced this week it hopes Sadlers Farm will be completed at the end of January.

Note the word 'hope'.

What a joke this has been.....
Essex County Council announced this week it hopes Sadlers Farm will be completed at the end of January. Note the word 'hope'. What a joke this has been..... GentleGiant
  • Score: 0

2:04pm Sun 25 Nov 12

Brunning999 says...

Olivia2847 wrote:
Brunning999 wrote:
Olivia2847 wrote:
Brunning999 wrote:
I feel this is how all things are being done in this country these days.

Find the cheapest price from a list of preferred contractors who then employ cheap sub contractors.

No co ordination because the main contractors and authorities either don't liaise properly or don't care about dates times and the end result.

And employees of both Authorities and contractors who are poorly trained with inadequate 2 week training courses which were replaced by 5 year apprenticeship schemes.

We now pay the least and get the worst and cheapest quality work.

And very few people other than local Councillors who use public complaints to get votes and newspapers who fill pages with sad stories CARE!
All this information has been in the public domain for months, allowing the contractors to pool resources, planning and other work to run in tandem. Otherwise it becomes like the Flanders and Swan song about the gas man!
And your point is?
The point is that this is not a new story, has been available for weeks, well documented and at the last moment everyone is throwing their hands In tenant and saying what the duck is going on!
That's a poultry excuse!
[quote][p][bold]Olivia2847[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Olivia2847[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: I feel this is how all things are being done in this country these days. Find the cheapest price from a list of preferred contractors who then employ cheap sub contractors. No co ordination because the main contractors and authorities either don't liaise properly or don't care about dates times and the end result. And employees of both Authorities and contractors who are poorly trained with inadequate 2 week training courses which were replaced by 5 year apprenticeship schemes. We now pay the least and get the worst and cheapest quality work. And very few people other than local Councillors who use public complaints to get votes and newspapers who fill pages with sad stories CARE![/p][/quote]All this information has been in the public domain for months, allowing the contractors to pool resources, planning and other work to run in tandem. Otherwise it becomes like the Flanders and Swan song about the gas man![/p][/quote]And your point is?[/p][/quote]The point is that this is not a new story, has been available for weeks, well documented and at the last moment everyone is throwing their hands In tenant and saying what the duck is going on![/p][/quote]That's a poultry excuse! Brunning999
  • Score: 0

10:15am Mon 26 Nov 12

Eric Whim says...

GentleGiant wrote:
Essex County Council announced this week it hopes Sadlers Farm will be completed at the end of January.

Note the word 'hope'.

What a joke this has been.....
they haven't yet stipulated which January though....
[quote][p][bold]GentleGiant[/bold] wrote: Essex County Council announced this week it hopes Sadlers Farm will be completed at the end of January. Note the word 'hope'. What a joke this has been.....[/p][/quote]they haven't yet stipulated which January though.... Eric Whim
  • Score: 0

3:45pm Mon 26 Nov 12

GentleGiant says...

Indeed!

Chaos today and probably all week as Sadlers Farm is down to one lane and the lights are still working and so we have gridlock. Why not turn the lights off and allow the roundabout to flow???

Added to which they have traffic lights at Benfleet Station - so queues on both exits from Canvey.

This county council are crazy for doing all this together.
Indeed! Chaos today and probably all week as Sadlers Farm is down to one lane and the lights are still working and so we have gridlock. Why not turn the lights off and allow the roundabout to flow??? Added to which they have traffic lights at Benfleet Station - so queues on both exits from Canvey. This county council are crazy for doing all this together. GentleGiant
  • Score: 0

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