Support for new congestion relief project

STEPHEN Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, joined local residents at Lakeside Shopping Centre last week to visit the Highways Agency exhibition showcasing plans for relieving congestion on the 30/A13 corridor.

Located on a busy intersection on the M25, the corridor experiences congestion throughout the day with traffic further hindered by frequent incidents on the adjacent highway network.

It directly serves the Port of Tilbury and the Lakeside regional shopping centre and is regarded as the biggest remaining constraint to the development of the Thames Gateway area.

Mr Metcalfe commented: “This multi-million pound development is fantastic news for the people of South Basildon and East Thurrock. Not only will it bring much needed investment and jobs into Essex, but it will provide road users with a much less congested journey and allow the Thames Gateway area to be serviced more efficiently.”

The final design for the project will be agreed upon after the location for a Lower Thames Crossing is announced later this year. Construction for the new project will get underway early next year.

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