Speed cameras could be put up on the A13

Speed cameras could be put up on the A13

Speed cameras could be put up on the A13

First published in News Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

SPEED cameras could be put up and the speed limit reduced to 50mph on the A13.

The Highways Agency, who are responsible for the dual carriageway in Thurrock between Wennington and Tilbury, are exploring a number of options to improve the safety of the road - one being speed cameras and cutting the speed limit from 70mph to 50mph.

The move comes as the roads authority prepares to spend £150million improving junction 30 of the M25, where the road meets the A13 in the west of Thurrock.

The A13 could be widened to four lanes between junction 30 of the M25 and the A13 junction for Lakeside shopping centre.

The plan would see the slip roads, both on and off of the M25 and A13, widened, allowing traffic to flow from one road to the other without the need to stop.

Work is scheduled to start in early 2015 and could be completed by Autumn 2016.

It is hoped work will improve traffic flow at the busy junction and, with the introduction of free-flow tolling at the Dartford Crossing in October, ease congestion which often builds up on approach to the QEII Bridge.

A spokesman for the Highways Agency said: “Safety is a top priority for the Highways Agency and that is why we constantly monitor safety on our network, including on the A13 in Essex.

“We are looking at making safety improvements to the A13 as part of the package of major improvements to relieve congestion on the M25 at junction 30 and we plan to provide further information about our plans this summer.”

A spokesman for Thurrock Council said the authority was aware of talks about implementing speed limits both during and after the J30 works, but added nothing formal had been agreed.

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9:44am Mon 10 Mar 14

Bernard 87 says...

I understand dropping the speed limit when work on the J30 has started but I see no reason why speed cameras should be placed on this stretch of road once the work has been completed other than to raise money.
I understand dropping the speed limit when work on the J30 has started but I see no reason why speed cameras should be placed on this stretch of road once the work has been completed other than to raise money. Bernard 87
  • Score: 17

2:15pm Mon 10 Mar 14

OckendonPaul says...

Quite right Bernard, it appears a cash-cow is going un-milked.
Quite right Bernard, it appears a cash-cow is going un-milked. OckendonPaul
  • Score: 10

5:01pm Mon 10 Mar 14

give_me_strength says...

Oh yes, here come the "safety" scampaigners...
Make it 20mph, that'll be even safer... Or better still shut the road all together then no-one can get in an accident!
Totally ridiculous that they build a a road like this and then treat everyone like idiots by insisting they drive at 50mph. It makes the road MORE dangerous not safer. When the limit is 50mph, you get HGVs and lorries hammering up the outside lane because they can.
What the road needs is just policed properly. Not just looking for people that might be genuinely speeding (90mph+), but looking for middle lane drivers and people with no lights on at night.
Oh yes, here come the "safety" scampaigners... Make it 20mph, that'll be even safer... Or better still shut the road all together then no-one can get in an accident! Totally ridiculous that they build a a road like this and then treat everyone like idiots by insisting they drive at 50mph. It makes the road MORE dangerous not safer. When the limit is 50mph, you get HGVs and lorries hammering up the outside lane because they can. What the road needs is just policed properly. Not just looking for people that might be genuinely speeding (90mph+), but looking for middle lane drivers and people with no lights on at night. give_me_strength
  • Score: 18

6:58pm Mon 10 Mar 14

cynic all says...

A middle lane idiot camera is needed .
A middle lane idiot camera is needed . cynic all
  • Score: 12

10:28pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Aesandre says...

Surely you need these measure's in area's with high fatalities/accidents
? That part of the road gets busy agreed but adding speed camera's with the speed reduction is going to make things worse?

Surely the people thinking these plan's up can't be complete idiots?
Surely you need these measure's in area's with high fatalities/accidents ? That part of the road gets busy agreed but adding speed camera's with the speed reduction is going to make things worse? Surely the people thinking these plan's up can't be complete idiots? Aesandre
  • Score: 1

11:00pm Mon 10 Mar 14

give_me_strength says...

Aesandre wrote:
Surely you need these measure's in area's with high fatalities/accidents

? That part of the road gets busy agreed but adding speed camera's with the speed reduction is going to make things worse?

Surely the people thinking these plan's up can't be complete idiots?
These are the people that say the slower you drive the faster you get there.
I can't argue with the logic of less speed potentially making accidents safer. But I doubt it will reduce accident numbers overall. It's part of the problem with this country that we cater for the lowest possible denominator. Be that poor drivers that the police find too hard to deal with and meet their targets, or the general dumbing down of exams so that every year children's results improve, "they" would have us believe children have got smarter year on year for 15 years, the sort of people that re-classify crime statistics then tell us crime has fallen every year for 15 years. "They" think we are complete idiots, that's the real problem.
[quote][p][bold]Aesandre[/bold] wrote: Surely you need these measure's in area's with high fatalities/accidents ? That part of the road gets busy agreed but adding speed camera's with the speed reduction is going to make things worse? Surely the people thinking these plan's up can't be complete idiots?[/p][/quote]These are the people that say the slower you drive the faster you get there. I can't argue with the logic of less speed potentially making accidents safer. But I doubt it will reduce accident numbers overall. It's part of the problem with this country that we cater for the lowest possible denominator. Be that poor drivers that the police find too hard to deal with and meet their targets, or the general dumbing down of exams so that every year children's results improve, "they" would have us believe children have got smarter year on year for 15 years, the sort of people that re-classify crime statistics then tell us crime has fallen every year for 15 years. "They" think we are complete idiots, that's the real problem. give_me_strength
  • Score: 5

2:28pm Wed 12 Mar 14

andyp71 says...

Would be a lot safer if foreign drivers had to sit a UK test before they were allowed on the UK roads. Even if just a theory test, I have seen a number of time foreigners not stopping to let people cross a zebra crossing, is that due to the rules being different across Europe do we think? Not saying that it is always the case but a majority.
Would be a lot safer if foreign drivers had to sit a UK test before they were allowed on the UK roads. Even if just a theory test, I have seen a number of time foreigners not stopping to let people cross a zebra crossing, is that due to the rules being different across Europe do we think? Not saying that it is always the case but a majority. andyp71
  • Score: 1

9:27pm Fri 14 Mar 14

ardale lad says...

I think that at certain times of the day when traffic is going to be heavy then gantry speed restrictions could be shown at say 50 but totally pointless after 7 pm isn't it ? doing 50 mph at 2 in the morning does not make any sense at all.
I think that at certain times of the day when traffic is going to be heavy then gantry speed restrictions could be shown at say 50 but totally pointless after 7 pm isn't it ? doing 50 mph at 2 in the morning does not make any sense at all. ardale lad
  • Score: 3

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