A13 roadworks causing traffic headache

A TRAFFIC headache has hit drivers using the A13 since roadworks to build a new £10million road junction as part of a gateway to the £1.5billion superport began.

The work started at Stanford-le-Hope last week and for the coming weeks one lane of the road, Southend and London bound, will be closed between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

This has led to long delays for drivers trying to use the main carriageway during those periods.

Contractors J Murphy & Sons have not said how long the lane closures will go on for.

It starts just after the Marks & Spencer petrol station Southend-bound, with the road being coned off until about a mile before the Basildon turn-off.

Dan Wilson, 28, who lives in West Hanningfield and works for a finance company, uses the A13 regularly and said he and friends who use the road are taking different routes.

He said: “This is just the first week of the roadworks and with Christmas coming up the queues are going to get a lot worse.

“This week’s lane closures have caught a lot of drivers out because you wouldn’t expect lane closures in the middle of the day.”

Contractors began the roadworks last Wednesday, starting by digging up the central reservation.

The project is expected to last a year and will see a new, three-lane roundabout, with traffic lights and a sliproad, from The Manorway, at Stanford-le-Hope, on to the A13.

The roadworks have been brought forward five years and are to help lorries get from the London Gateway port to the A13.

A spokesman for J Murphy and Sons said they wouldn’t be officially commenting on the issue, but disruption is inevitable.

Visit www.a13roadworks.co.uk

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7:17am Fri 2 Nov 12

Dave_ says...

J Murphy and Sons won't be commenting, so carte blanche to take as long as they like.
I have seen the stop lines for the traffic lights have been painted on the roundabout already. The only benefit the lights will bring is justification for more measures as congestion increases once they are active and absolute chaos when the sequencing goes to pot. Only abject and certifiable idiots will think that traffic lights on or approaching roundabouts are a goos idea.
J Murphy and Sons won't be commenting, so carte blanche to take as long as they like. I have seen the stop lines for the traffic lights have been painted on the roundabout already. The only benefit the lights will bring is justification for more measures as congestion increases once they are active and absolute chaos when the sequencing goes to pot. Only abject and certifiable idiots will think that traffic lights on or approaching roundabouts are a goos idea. Dave_
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10:16am Fri 2 Nov 12

OckendonPaul says...

It's typical, only weeks after saddlers farm has finally been sorted the A13 becomes un-useable for another year!
It's typical, only weeks after saddlers farm has finally been sorted the A13 becomes un-useable for another year! OckendonPaul
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7:24pm Mon 5 Nov 12

Dave_ says...

No Sadlers Farm isn't sorted.
They made it usable for the olympics and then put the cones back.
The time a road builder gets it done OTIF will be a cold day in hell and the time anyone holds them to account it will be even colder.
No Sadlers Farm isn't sorted. They made it usable for the olympics and then put the cones back. The time a road builder gets it done OTIF will be a cold day in hell and the time anyone holds them to account it will be even colder. Dave_
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11:08am Tue 6 Nov 12

Rob-C100 says...

As their signs used to say: 'Go Slow Murphy'.......
As their signs used to say: 'Go Slow Murphy'....... Rob-C100
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