Section of A13 in Hadleigh could be renamed as part of masterplan

First published in Local News

A SECTION of the A13 in Hadleigh could be renamed to revive the town’s historical roots.

Plans are in the pipeline to rename London Road, between the Hadleigh Old Fire Station and Rectory Road, the Kingsway should the £60million masterplan get the go ahead.

The name originates from the Kingsway shopping parade which was constructed when London Road was first built in 1924 as a bypass to the High Street.

David Hurrell, of Willow Walk, Hadleigh, said: “I think it is a wonderful idea. A lot of people in the area still call it the Kingsway remembering when the shops were first built all those years ago so it would be a nice reference to the history of the town."

Restricting traffic along that section of London Road, and introducing two-way traffic along High Street is at the heart of the multi-million-pound revamp.

The final road layout will be decided when the results of a traffic survey carried out by Essex County Council are released next month.

The masterplan also envisages creating a new town square, improving shop fronts and creating better links between London Road and High Street.

Pam Challis, leader of the council and who sits on the Castle Point Regeneration Partnership, said she hopes changing the name will revive fond memories for the borough’s older generations who knew the road by the name years ago.

Mrs Challis said: “I think a lot of our older residents will be thrilled with this news and I would be pleased to make it happen for them.

“I really hope the results from the traffic survey support our plans so that we can give residents a lovely new town square and provide something for future generations as well.

“The fact that we hosted the Olympic Mountain Biking event so well showed how Castle Point is an up and coming area, and I really feel we will be able to attract developers because of it.”

The council hopes to formally adopt the masterplan by March 2014.

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12:41pm Thu 28 Feb 13

HadleighBoy says...

Please please Castle Point Council give this up you are all living in Cloud Cuckoo Land. Instead of wasting millions on a scheme that is absolutley pointless why not spend the money on helping the shops that are in Hadleigh already.
Hadleigh is a through road and always will be deal with it and lets get on.
And naming it the "Kingsway" the people who remember it being called that will be dead before it is done.
Please please Castle Point Council give this up you are all living in Cloud Cuckoo Land. Instead of wasting millions on a scheme that is absolutley pointless why not spend the money on helping the shops that are in Hadleigh already. Hadleigh is a through road and always will be deal with it and lets get on. And naming it the "Kingsway" the people who remember it being called that will be dead before it is done. HadleighBoy
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12:58pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Dan223 says...

Reducing two lanes each way to one lane is a joke, the are queues with two lanes let alone bringing it down to one.
Reducing two lanes each way to one lane is a joke, the are queues with two lanes let alone bringing it down to one. Dan223
  • Score: 4

1:00pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Ian P says...

Instead of giving London Road the 'historical' name The Kingsway, why not bring it into the 21st Century? In view of the high number of retirement homes that have been built in the town in recent years it could be renamed The Wrinkly Way. LOL.
Instead of giving London Road the 'historical' name The Kingsway, why not bring it into the 21st Century? In view of the high number of retirement homes that have been built in the town in recent years it could be renamed The Wrinkly Way. LOL. Ian P
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1:00pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Dan223 says...

Reducing two lanes each way to one lane is a joke, the are queues with two lanes let alone bringing it down to one.
Reducing two lanes each way to one lane is a joke, the are queues with two lanes let alone bringing it down to one. Dan223
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1:10pm Thu 28 Feb 13

HadleighBoy says...

Dan223 wrote:
Reducing two lanes each way to one lane is a joke, the are queues with two lanes let alone bringing it down to one.
But don't forget Dan the council wear Rose Tinted Spectacles and believe that they live in Rayleigh or Leigh where there are proper High Streets and no cars instead of reality which is a Main B****y A road on the way to Sarfend!!
[quote][p][bold]Dan223[/bold] wrote: Reducing two lanes each way to one lane is a joke, the are queues with two lanes let alone bringing it down to one.[/p][/quote]But don't forget Dan the council wear Rose Tinted Spectacles and believe that they live in Rayleigh or Leigh where there are proper High Streets and no cars instead of reality which is a Main B****y A road on the way to Sarfend!! HadleighBoy
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1:32pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Cosmo Spring says...

more money well spent.....
more money well spent..... Cosmo Spring
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1:33pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Nebs says...

Why look back to the past when we should be looking forward to the future. The road name should reflect this, so I suggest Romania Road.
Why look back to the past when we should be looking forward to the future. The road name should reflect this, so I suggest Romania Road. Nebs
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1:58pm Thu 28 Feb 13

wagger says...

I suspect the council has a government grant, and if they don't spend it they will lose it. So obviously the decision is - we must spend it and it doesn't matter if the scheme is sensible or not, but don't ask the residents or road users - the council always knows best !!
I suspect the council has a government grant, and if they don't spend it they will lose it. So obviously the decision is - we must spend it and it doesn't matter if the scheme is sensible or not, but don't ask the residents or road users - the council always knows best !! wagger
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7:06pm Thu 28 Feb 13

John T Pharro says...

It might well "bring back fond memories for the older generation" as Councillor Pam Challis says, but does naff all else.
It might well "bring back fond memories for the older generation" as Councillor Pam Challis says, but does naff all else. John T Pharro
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7:22pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Carnabackable says...

Have the route to Canvey named Downhill way, and the road towards Rayleigh named Upmarket Avenue
Have the route to Canvey named Downhill way, and the road towards Rayleigh named Upmarket Avenue Carnabackable
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8:49pm Thu 28 Feb 13

EssexPerson says...

The other week when the A127 was closed and everyone diverted to the A13 was chaos and that was with 2 lanes eachway. I can't seriously believe that anyone can be so stupid to have come up with such a stupid idea of reducing it to 1 lane.
Expect south Essex to become gridlocked if this goes ahead. Madness. No doubt the traffic survey was done on a school holiday like they did for the traffic lights at Thames Drive and look how useless they are.
The other week when the A127 was closed and everyone diverted to the A13 was chaos and that was with 2 lanes eachway. I can't seriously believe that anyone can be so stupid to have come up with such a stupid idea of reducing it to 1 lane. Expect south Essex to become gridlocked if this goes ahead. Madness. No doubt the traffic survey was done on a school holiday like they did for the traffic lights at Thames Drive and look how useless they are. EssexPerson
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2:13pm Fri 1 Mar 13

John T Pharro says...

wagger wrote:
I suspect the council has a government grant, and if they don't spend it they will lose it. So obviously the decision is - we must spend it and it doesn't matter if the scheme is sensible or not, but don't ask the residents or road users - the council always knows best !!
Now where was that article recently about Pub landlords having to organise because of violence? We're there not posts about the place being full of drugs?
Oh I have just remembered it was RAYLEIGH.
[quote][p][bold]wagger[/bold] wrote: I suspect the council has a government grant, and if they don't spend it they will lose it. So obviously the decision is - we must spend it and it doesn't matter if the scheme is sensible or not, but don't ask the residents or road users - the council always knows best !![/p][/quote]Now where was that article recently about Pub landlords having to organise because of violence? We're there not posts about the place being full of drugs? Oh I have just remembered it was RAYLEIGH. John T Pharro
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2:14pm Fri 1 Mar 13

John T Pharro says...

John T Pharro wrote:
wagger wrote:
I suspect the council has a government grant, and if they don't spend it they will lose it. So obviously the decision is - we must spend it and it doesn't matter if the scheme is sensible or not, but don't ask the residents or road users - the council always knows best !!
Now where was that article recently about Pub landlords having to organise because of violence? We're there not posts about the place being full of drugs?
Oh I have just remembered it was RAYLEIGH.
Sorry posted to wrong poster meant for Carnabackable.
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wagger[/bold] wrote: I suspect the council has a government grant, and if they don't spend it they will lose it. So obviously the decision is - we must spend it and it doesn't matter if the scheme is sensible or not, but don't ask the residents or road users - the council always knows best !![/p][/quote]Now where was that article recently about Pub landlords having to organise because of violence? We're there not posts about the place being full of drugs? Oh I have just remembered it was RAYLEIGH.[/p][/quote]Sorry posted to wrong poster meant for Carnabackable. John T Pharro
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