End is in sight for traffic lights at busy Benfleet road

Echo: Restrictions - Ferry Road closed to one lane Restrictions - Ferry Road closed to one lane

TROUBLESOME traffic lights at a busy Benfleet road will be gone by the end of the week as the £4million renovation of Benfleet Railway Bridge is set to finish.

Restrictions have been in place on Ferry Road since the start of January due to the road being flooded and ongoing repairs being carried out to the bridge as part of investment from Network Rail.

The lights have caused misery for motorists who have been forced to endure long tailbacks along Ferry Road, High Road, and Essex Way between 9:30am and 3:30pm.

Representatives from Essex County Council held a meeting with contractors this week who said they were set to be finished by Saturday.

County councillor Ray Howard said: “We were told the work is expected to last another four days, but the contractors assured us the work would be completed sooner if possible.

“I have had so many people contact me who are understandably frustrated by the work and closure to the road there. But it was a very positive meeting and hopefully by the end of the week there will be an end to the inconvenience residents have had to suffer recently.”

Ferry Road is one of only two routes linking Canvey to the mainland.

The news has been welcomed by residents and drivers who regularly travel through the underpass.

Paul Iliffe, 55, of St Mary’s Drive, Benfleet, said: “I am extremely pleased to hear this. It’s been an absolute nightmare for weeks. I came back from Basildon the other day and made the mistake of going that way home and was queuing for ages to get home.
“It is extremely disappointing we were never made aware the road would be closed for this long and how much of an inconvenience this work would pose on us. I’ll be glad when it’s all over.”
 

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4:09pm Thu 7 Feb 13

boyracer21 says...

Its good when your cycling down that road at those busy times. You simply overtake all those annoyed car drivers and I have the cheek to go straight through the red light too. I ama very dangerous road user when it comes to cycling and driving!!
Its good when your cycling down that road at those busy times. You simply overtake all those annoyed car drivers and I have the cheek to go straight through the red light too. I ama very dangerous road user when it comes to cycling and driving!! boyracer21

4:21pm Thu 7 Feb 13

mys842 says...

What a nasty looking road!
What a nasty looking road! mys842

5:10pm Thu 7 Feb 13

HadleighBoy says...

boyracer21 wrote:
Its good when your cycling down that road at those busy times. You simply overtake all those annoyed car drivers and I have the cheek to go straight through the red light too. I ama very dangerous road user when it comes to cycling and driving!!
I think BoyRacer "Idiot" sum up my thoughts on your comment
[quote][p][bold]boyracer21[/bold] wrote: Its good when your cycling down that road at those busy times. You simply overtake all those annoyed car drivers and I have the cheek to go straight through the red light too. I ama very dangerous road user when it comes to cycling and driving!![/p][/quote]I think BoyRacer "Idiot" sum up my thoughts on your comment HadleighBoy

5:18pm Thu 7 Feb 13

GentleGiant says...

Thought this was going to be completed over Christmas / New Year?

I do not recall railtrack saying it would take 8 weeks??!!

or is Essex County Council to blame again?
Thought this was going to be completed over Christmas / New Year? I do not recall railtrack saying it would take 8 weeks??!! or is Essex County Council to blame again? GentleGiant

8:23pm Thu 7 Feb 13

John T Pharro says...

GentleGiant wrote:
Thought this was going to be completed over Christmas / New Year?

I do not recall railtrack saying it would take 8 weeks??!!

or is Essex County Council to blame again?
You are right, but I had to laugh, or I would have cried, when there was our MP, Councillor Howard and two other Councillors photographed saying weeks ago the work was finished with the road still in contra flow behind. The next day Essex CC said it could go on until June.
You really could not write the script could you?
[quote][p][bold]GentleGiant[/bold] wrote: Thought this was going to be completed over Christmas / New Year? I do not recall railtrack saying it would take 8 weeks??!! or is Essex County Council to blame again?[/p][/quote]You are right, but I had to laugh, or I would have cried, when there was our MP, Councillor Howard and two other Councillors photographed saying weeks ago the work was finished with the road still in contra flow behind. The next day Essex CC said it could go on until June. You really could not write the script could you? John T Pharro

8:25pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Carnabackable says...

mys842 wrote:
What a nasty looking road!
It's Nasty for good reason, it's the road to Hell, Canvey..
[quote][p][bold]mys842[/bold] wrote: What a nasty looking road![/p][/quote]It's Nasty for good reason, it's the road to Hell, Canvey.. Carnabackable

11:16pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Steve H says...

Rail bridge in Southend Town Centre....replaced in 2 days.

Rail bridge over Ferry Road....still not completed after 6 weeks.

WTF??!!
Rail bridge in Southend Town Centre....replaced in 2 days. Rail bridge over Ferry Road....still not completed after 6 weeks. WTF??!! Steve H

1:30am Sat 9 Feb 13

madmark50484 says...

Steve H wrote:
Rail bridge in Southend Town Centre....replaced in 2 days.

Rail bridge over Ferry Road....still not completed after 6 weeks.

WTF??!!
not quite true the flooding was not part of the plan the bridge was replaced fine
[quote][p][bold]Steve H[/bold] wrote: Rail bridge in Southend Town Centre....replaced in 2 days. Rail bridge over Ferry Road....still not completed after 6 weeks. WTF??!![/p][/quote]not quite true the flooding was not part of the plan the bridge was replaced fine madmark50484

4:52pm Sat 9 Feb 13

alfie28 says...

madmark50484 wrote:
Steve H wrote:
Rail bridge in Southend Town Centre....replaced in 2 days.

Rail bridge over Ferry Road....still not completed after 6 weeks.

WTF??!!
not quite true the flooding was not part of the plan the bridge was replaced fine
Whilst the side going to Canvey regularly flooded, I don't remember that being the case on the Benfleet bound side until the few weeks before Christmas when they had night closures and were piling tonnes of mud on the road over night and on top of the drains!
[quote][p][bold]madmark50484[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steve H[/bold] wrote: Rail bridge in Southend Town Centre....replaced in 2 days. Rail bridge over Ferry Road....still not completed after 6 weeks. WTF??!![/p][/quote]not quite true the flooding was not part of the plan the bridge was replaced fine[/p][/quote]Whilst the side going to Canvey regularly flooded, I don't remember that being the case on the Benfleet bound side until the few weeks before Christmas when they had night closures and were piling tonnes of mud on the road over night and on top of the drains! alfie28

7:24pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Carnabackable says...

When are people ever going to be satisfied? nothing but moans and groans about this insignificant road, Canveyites are lucky two have two roads leading back to the civilised mainland, once upon a time, there were stepping stones at Benfleet, now they seem to think, that Canvey must have at least three roads off, they moved there, get on with it.
When are people ever going to be satisfied? nothing but moans and groans about this insignificant road, Canveyites are lucky two have two roads leading back to the civilised mainland, once upon a time, there were stepping stones at Benfleet, now they seem to think, that Canvey must have at least three roads off, they moved there, get on with it. Carnabackable

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