Details revealed of A13 junction work
10:20am Wednesday 26th September 2012 in News
RESIDENTS have been briefed about the £10million improvement works which are to start imminently on the Stanford-le-Hope junction of the A13.
Around 50 local residents attended a public meeting at the Pegasus Club in Corringham on Monday night, where representatives from DP World and Murphy explained what the works will involve and plans for minimising disruption.
The project will involve bridges at the junction being widened to three lanes, extra lanes being added to slip roads and traffic lights being installed in a bid to improve capacity at the junction, before the superport on the Manorway opens in 2013.
It will be carried out in three phases over the next year, with the first phase, which is set to start soon, involving work on the bridges and land being built up for slip roads to be widened. Traffic on and approaching the roundabout will be reduced to one lane.
The second and third phases will involve another lane being added to each slip road. Slip roads will be closed one at a time for no more than two weeks. It is thought this will cause motorists delays of about 20 minutes.
Work will be conducted between 8pm and 6pm on weekdays and on Saturday mornings.
Corringham and Fobbing Cllr Andrew Roast said: “Had the representatives presented a rosy scenario of no delays, the residents would not have bought it.
“Instead, we had a frank, detailed and factual presentation and were encouraged to ask questions.
“As a local resident myself using this junction daily, I found the presentation very informative and know what to expect.”
Stanford-Le-Hope Community Forum chairman Terry Piccolo added: “I think the general feeling is while there is obviously going to be a lot of disruption, it’s not going to be as bad as we thought.”