Government pledge £750k to see if new link road could work

Step forward – Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin, centre, with Ray Howard, and Pam Challis

Step forward – Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin, centre, with Ray Howard, and Pam Challis

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

A NEW multi-million pound road linking Corringham to Canvey could soon become reality - after the Government pledged £750,000 towards the project.

Councillors on Canvey are very keen and have this week lobbied Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin about pushing ahead with the plan as soon as possible.

The cash will pay for a study into whether or not the road, linking Northwick Road, Canvey with the Manorway in Corringham and Stanford-le-Hope, could work.

However John Kent, the leader of Thurrock Council, has other ideas.

He said: “This council does not support this road. We believe it would lead to even more congestion on Thurrock’s roads.

“We have made our views known as Castle Point Council puts together its plans for the future development of their borough and we will continue to make our views and our opposition known.”

Stanford-le-Hope resident, Teresa Clark, who lives just off the Manorway said the new road, coupled with London Gateway, the superport, would make the roads worse. She said: “If you chose to live on Canvey you knew about the bad road situation! I live beside the Manorway and have been disturbed by the Port, I do NOT want more traffic, thank you very much!”

Resident Doreen Mann added: “I think it would be a disaster for this area. We haven’t felt the full impact of the port yet. Certainly do not need more traffic.”

On Monday, Mr McLoughlin confirmed to Canvey councillor Ray Howard and Castle Point Council leader Pam Challis that the £750,000 study will be carried out to assess whether the new North Thameside Link Road is a viable option.

Mr Howard said: “The Secretary of State felt it was a worthy project to look into and feasibility will be undertaken.

“The fact that our request for a study was not rejected is good news. It’s just another step in the right direction.”

Initial cost estimates for the new road, conducted in 2008, suggested the building work could be anywhere between £45million and £70million.

A new viaduct would have to be built over Holehaven Creek, however the figure could now be higher.

The new road would be funded by private investors and could be tolled.

Mr Kent added: “All councils in south Essex have recognised that widening the A13 is the most important road project in this area and we are supporting the need for government investment there.”

However other Stanford-le-Hope residents think it could help.

Samantha Taylor said: “I think this is a good idea to be honest. I often have had to drive to Canvey from Stanford, due to my son’s dad and nan living on the island. I live right on the Manorway. I’ve been saying for years they should extend the road.”

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2:15pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Bernard 87 says...

A couple of points.

The Tories in Castle Point and nationally are worried that they will lose one of their safest areas to UKIP in the upcoming local elections. The people of Castle Point are more important since Thurrock still has a love affair with the Labour Party.

Any new road linking Corringham and Canvey should also involve a new river crossing. Tunnels emerging near Northwck Road, Canvey and going under the Thames linking to a short new motorway connecting the A130 to the M2.

The Manorway would have to be widened with noise reduction fencing/planting put in place to limit its impact on the residents in Stanford and Corringham.

The A13 Stanford stretch should be made into three lanes each way.
A couple of points. The Tories in Castle Point and nationally are worried that they will lose one of their safest areas to UKIP in the upcoming local elections. The people of Castle Point are more important since Thurrock still has a love affair with the Labour Party. Any new road linking Corringham and Canvey should also involve a new river crossing. Tunnels emerging near Northwck Road, Canvey and going under the Thames linking to a short new motorway connecting the A130 to the M2. The Manorway would have to be widened with noise reduction fencing/planting put in place to limit its impact on the residents in Stanford and Corringham. The A13 Stanford stretch should be made into three lanes each way. Bernard 87
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9:53pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Jb66 says...

A13 Stanford stretch is too narrow for three lanes at narrowest point. Don't we have enough to contend with considering the Port upheaval can't see it working and a bridge would be horrendous on top of the other Thames crossing over to Kent. It's outrageous.
A13 Stanford stretch is too narrow for three lanes at narrowest point. Don't we have enough to contend with considering the Port upheaval can't see it working and a bridge would be horrendous on top of the other Thames crossing over to Kent. It's outrageous. Jb66
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10:28pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Jb66 says...

A13 Stanford stretch is too narrow for three lanes at narrowest point. Don't we have enough to contend with considering the Port upheaval can't see it working and a bridge would be horrendous on top of the other Thames crossing over to Kent. Now we know why Option D, the only sensible option in my opinion, of the Thames Crossing has been discounted. Why don't they just concrete over Stsnford and Corringham and have done with it. And them there's the relocation of ETUFC, which is another story.
A13 Stanford stretch is too narrow for three lanes at narrowest point. Don't we have enough to contend with considering the Port upheaval can't see it working and a bridge would be horrendous on top of the other Thames crossing over to Kent. Now we know why Option D, the only sensible option in my opinion, of the Thames Crossing has been discounted. Why don't they just concrete over Stsnford and Corringham and have done with it. And them there's the relocation of ETUFC, which is another story. Jb66
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11:10am Mon 14 Apr 14

poortaxpayer says...

Great idea and a logical solution to cut down on peoples carbon footprint driving to and from Canvey.
Great idea and a logical solution to cut down on peoples carbon footprint driving to and from Canvey. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 2

2:22pm Mon 14 Apr 14

ejgorham says...

How the hell can it cost 3/4 million quid to determine the feasibility of this link road. I can tell you now.
Canvey residents would love it. Stanford/Corringham residents will hate it & The tree huggers will do all they can to protect the marshland between the 2.
Is it feasible - yes. They had no problems putting the A13 through Raniham marshes.
Can I have my £750K now please.
How the hell can it cost 3/4 million quid to determine the feasibility of this link road. I can tell you now. Canvey residents would love it. Stanford/Corringham residents will hate it & The tree huggers will do all they can to protect the marshland between the 2. Is it feasible - yes. They had no problems putting the A13 through Raniham marshes. Can I have my £750K now please. ejgorham
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