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Traffic chaos in Lakeside and West Thurrock set to continue for two months

THE TRAFFIC CHAOS THAT descended upon the west of the borough on Wednesday afternoon is set to continue into the summer.

By 3pm yesterday (April 10th) it had become gridlock, not only on the main routes of the A13 and A1306 but also on the whole of the southern flank of Purfleet, West Thurrock and Grays (both ways) as drivers became frustrated at trying to get in and out.

The reason for the jam is down to the National Grid delivering a vital revamp to the local electricity network.

According to their website: “Engineers will install a new underground high voltage cable which will connect two overhead lines and help ensure the region remains plugged into sufficient safe and reliable power supplies to meet its needs.

Work will take place at the Lakeside roundabout on the A1306 Arterial Road, West Thurrock. Temporary traffic lights and lane closures will be implemented for approximately eight weeks from Monday 22 April 2013.

National Grid is doing all it can to deliver the work as smoothly and promptly as possible.

Project Manager Allan Hokonya explained: “We’ve sat down and discussed our plans with Thurrock Council to make sure we avoid any road closures and minimise any inconvenience to road users and the community.”

He added: “It’s National Grid’s job to connect people to their energy supplies. Our vital work here will help make sure people continue to enjoy safe and reliable electricity supplies in their homes, businesses and community facilities.”

When the work is complete the team will be planting trees and shrubs on the roundabout.

If anyone has any questions or concerns about the work they can call the project team on 0800 021 7877 or email at


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