Highways Agency launches consultation on 50mph speed limit on the A13

Plans for the junction

Plans for the junction

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Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

THE Highways Agency is asking for motorists’ views on its plans to introduce a 50mph limit on the A13 either side of the M25.

The consultation, which starts today, comes as a £150million scheme to widen the dual carriageway where it meets Junction 30 of the M25 begins.

It is hoped the project will relieve congestion, make journeys more reliable and significantly improve safety.

Extra vehicles will be able to use the road during the morning rush hour as slip roads, both on and off of the M25 and A13, will be widened.

A temporary speed limit of 50mph came into force last month after the roads authority began conducting surveys and preparing the road for these improvements.

But, as the Gazette revealed in March, the agency wants to introduce a permanent 50mph limit on a four-mile stretch of the A13.

Wole Odetola, a Highways Agency project manager, said: "To enable the changes to the road layout at the same time as improving safety, we need to introduce a 50mph speed limit on a short section of the A13.

"We expect this to reduce accidents by 18 per cent - almost one in five. This speed limit reduction is a unique solution for this particular part of our network.

"We welcome the views of road users, local residents and businesses about the proposal."

The 50mph speed limit is proposed to be introduced on the A13 between the A1306 at Wennington, and the A1012 east of the A126.

Give your views here.

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1:13pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Paul_Grays says...

Sometimes I drive at 50mph,,,sometime I drive at 70mph,...its called judging the conditions of the time. The 70mph limit was brought in during the days of drum brakes, no power steering, no ABS and other features.
If you wish to really reduce accidents then focus on enforcing the current law of people that tailgate and sit in the middle or outside lane.
Sometimes I drive at 50mph,,,sometime I drive at 70mph,...its called judging the conditions of the time. The 70mph limit was brought in during the days of drum brakes, no power steering, no ABS and other features. If you wish to really reduce accidents then focus on enforcing the current law of people that tailgate and sit in the middle or outside lane. Paul_Grays
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6:06pm Sun 7 Sep 14

k_etil65 says...

Just checked Highways Agency website where wording seems to say 50mph is done deal already. Couldn't see anywhere they invite comments just that it WILL be implemented. Agree with Paul-Grays about judging conditions and traffic volumes. Also many eastbound vehicles already sit in middle lane (often from as far as Dagenham) so what chance of moving into middle lane after Wennington if 'everyone' is going at 50. How many drivers have tried observing the 'temporary' limit now only to find being over and under taken by traffic leaving m25 for a13 eastbound. Raking over old arguments lack of Easterly access to/from a13 at Lakeside will prove to be a missed opportunity to cut congestion both at a13/j30 junction and west Thurrock in general.
Just checked Highways Agency website where wording seems to say 50mph is done deal already. Couldn't see anywhere they invite comments just that it WILL be implemented. Agree with Paul-Grays about judging conditions and traffic volumes. Also many eastbound vehicles already sit in middle lane (often from as far as Dagenham) so what chance of moving into middle lane after Wennington if 'everyone' is going at 50. How many drivers have tried observing the 'temporary' limit now only to find being over and under taken by traffic leaving m25 for a13 eastbound. Raking over old arguments lack of Easterly access to/from a13 at Lakeside will prove to be a missed opportunity to cut congestion both at a13/j30 junction and west Thurrock in general. k_etil65
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11:23pm Wed 17 Sep 14

Chris.M says...

k_etil65 wrote:
Just checked Highways Agency website where wording seems to say 50mph is done deal already. Couldn't see anywhere they invite comments just that it WILL be implemented. Agree with Paul-Grays about judging conditions and traffic volumes. Also many eastbound vehicles already sit in middle lane (often from as far as Dagenham) so what chance of moving into middle lane after Wennington if 'everyone' is going at 50. How many drivers have tried observing the 'temporary' limit now only to find being over and under taken by traffic leaving m25 for a13 eastbound. Raking over old arguments lack of Easterly access to/from a13 at Lakeside will prove to be a missed opportunity to cut congestion both at a13/j30 junction and west Thurrock in general.
As above, I agree that they do not seem to be actively inviting public views for this, despite being labelled as a 'public consultation' on the website timeline. I find this completely unacceptable. As a result, I have emailed them directly regarding my views opposing this, and suggest that other people do the same. That, and quickly organise a petition opposing this change, which is completely illogical, and will likely result in increased congestion, and most certainly increased journey times.
[quote][p][bold]k_etil65[/bold] wrote: Just checked Highways Agency website where wording seems to say 50mph is done deal already. Couldn't see anywhere they invite comments just that it WILL be implemented. Agree with Paul-Grays about judging conditions and traffic volumes. Also many eastbound vehicles already sit in middle lane (often from as far as Dagenham) so what chance of moving into middle lane after Wennington if 'everyone' is going at 50. How many drivers have tried observing the 'temporary' limit now only to find being over and under taken by traffic leaving m25 for a13 eastbound. Raking over old arguments lack of Easterly access to/from a13 at Lakeside will prove to be a missed opportunity to cut congestion both at a13/j30 junction and west Thurrock in general.[/p][/quote]As above, I agree that they do not seem to be actively inviting public views for this, despite being labelled as a 'public consultation' on the website timeline. I find this completely unacceptable. As a result, I have emailed them directly regarding my views opposing this, and suggest that other people do the same. That, and quickly organise a petition opposing this change, which is completely illogical, and will likely result in increased congestion, and most certainly increased journey times. Chris.M
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10:38am Tue 23 Sep 14

LocalDave says...

They say they want to consult with people but have given no information on how to do so. Like most of these types of consultations they are required to consult but don't want any responses. They aren't likely to listen to anyone who doesnt agree with what they are doing and will press ahead with it anyway. These unelected busy bodies have the power to do what they like and no one is going to stop them. Its another ridiculous speed limit reduction on the A13 done in the name of safety but probably more to do with raiding your wallet if you dare to break it.
They say they want to consult with people but have given no information on how to do so. Like most of these types of consultations they are required to consult but don't want any responses. They aren't likely to listen to anyone who doesnt agree with what they are doing and will press ahead with it anyway. These unelected busy bodies have the power to do what they like and no one is going to stop them. Its another ridiculous speed limit reduction on the A13 done in the name of safety but probably more to do with raiding your wallet if you dare to break it. LocalDave
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