£72million - that's what it's going to cost to sort out Thurrock's roads

The council says it needs more money to sort out pot holes.

The council says it needs more money to sort out pot holes.

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Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

THURROCK Council reckons it is going to cost £72million to sort out the borough's roads and pathways over the next five years.

And the authority says it will be unable to achieve that.

Officers say they are working "flat out" with the funds they have "to keep the borough’s highways properly maintained and traffic flowing".

But in a report presented to councillors on Wednesday night, it was claimed that minimal investment from the government is hampering the authority's efforts.

The Department for Transport has confirmed the council will receive just £2.8million for tranpsort improvements in Thurrock in 2014/15.

Around £1.2million of that will be spent on transport schemes such as bus priority and £1.6million for bringing the borough's shoddy roads into shape.

An additional £3million per year for road maintenance comes out of the council's coffers. But officers estimate that an extra £7.5million is needed each year for the next five years - for roads alone.

An extra £72million is needed overall.

John Kent, leader of the council, said: "This is a historic problem. There hasn’t been enough investment in our roads system for decades.

"I can remember even before we won unitary status, a councillor saying the government’s investment in Thurrock’s roads amounted to little more than a bucket of tar and a brush.

"Unfortunately nothing seems to have changed – and the situation’s getting worse not better."

The council also announced in the report that in the next year, it will spend £650,000 resurfacing the A1306 at Junction 31 of the M25, the Treaclemine roundabout in Grays, the A126 Dock Road, Grays, the A1306 Arterial Road, Lakeside, London Road, West Thurrock, the Cross Keys junction in Chadwell St Mary and Lodge Lane Grays.

Another £120,000 will be spent on Jesmond Road, Grays, Dolphin Way, Purfleet and Teviot Avenue, Aveley.

He added: "What this report highlights is that all we can do is make-do and mend, when what we should be doing is replacing what we have. Fixing a pothole when it appears only postpones the problem – it will appear again next year or the year after.

"The problem has been made worse as recent winters have either been extremely cold and snowy or very wet like this year. Heavy snow and heavy rain speed up the destruction of road surfaces; despite the savings we have to make. we also have to find a way to pay for investment in our highways."

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12:45pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Make Thurrock Better says...

What is going to happen when the new port is in full swing and 100's of lorries pour through Thurrock?
What is going to happen when the new port is in full swing and 100's of lorries pour through Thurrock? Make Thurrock Better
  • Score: 10

1:13pm Thu 13 Feb 14

St George 23rd April says...

Make Thurrock Better wrote:
What is going to happen when the new port is in full swing and 100's of lorries pour through Thurrock?
Exactly !!!
[quote][p][bold]Make Thurrock Better[/bold] wrote: What is going to happen when the new port is in full swing and 100's of lorries pour through Thurrock?[/p][/quote]Exactly !!! St George 23rd April
  • Score: 9

1:22pm Thu 13 Feb 14

St George 23rd April says...

You sit back Thurrock Council and don't worry yourselves about it !!! The road users of Thurrock will keep paying out of their own pockets to have their cars repaired because you haven't got the funds to repair our roads !!!
Bad management and bad counsellors spring to mind ......
You sit back Thurrock Council and don't worry yourselves about it !!! The road users of Thurrock will keep paying out of their own pockets to have their cars repaired because you haven't got the funds to repair our roads !!! Bad management and bad counsellors spring to mind ...... St George 23rd April
  • Score: 12

5:15pm Thu 13 Feb 14

wobblybob says...

They waste vast amounts of money on patching up roads which need proper repairs. There are 2 short sections of Argent St. (probably less than 80M in total) that obviously weren't laid properly. They both look like patchwork quilts they've been repaired so many times, and once again they're in need of repair. Dig it up and fix it, job done!
They waste vast amounts of money on patching up roads which need proper repairs. There are 2 short sections of Argent St. (probably less than 80M in total) that obviously weren't laid properly. They both look like patchwork quilts they've been repaired so many times, and once again they're in need of repair. Dig it up and fix it, job done! wobblybob
  • Score: 4

6:11pm Thu 13 Feb 14

G.Fawkes says...

No council bonuses or pay rises until its done then. get cracking!
No council bonuses or pay rises until its done then. get cracking! G.Fawkes
  • Score: 7

6:47pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Mick P says...

And stop wasting money on speed ramps!
And stop wasting money on speed ramps! Mick P
  • Score: 8

7:51pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Ed Woods says...

This year sees the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of The Great War now known as World War One.

Thurrock Council are going to commemorate this anniversary by faithfully recreating the cratered battlefield on Thurrock’s roads.

I think first prize must surely go to Fairview Chase going down into St Margarets Avenue in Stanford-le-Hope where the road surface is a realistic representation of the Battlefield of the Somme.

Perhaps others could suggest other roads and the WW1 battlefield they could best represent.
This year sees the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of The Great War now known as World War One. Thurrock Council are going to commemorate this anniversary by faithfully recreating the cratered battlefield on Thurrock’s roads. I think first prize must surely go to Fairview Chase going down into St Margarets Avenue in Stanford-le-Hope where the road surface is a realistic representation of the Battlefield of the Somme. Perhaps others could suggest other roads and the WW1 battlefield they could best represent. Ed Woods
  • Score: 2

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