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Plans for the future of Grays traffic

PLANS for the future of Grays traffic are up for discussion as Thurrock Council launches its consultation on “access improvements”.

The proposals include opening up Orsett Road to two-way traffic from Stanley Road to Derby Road and allowing full two-way access under the Derby Road bridge in Crown Road.

The aim is to provide a boost for business, make life easier for motorists and improve access for cyclists and pedestrians in and around the town.

As well as an online consultation (thurrock.gov.uk/travel), staff from the council’s transport team will be in the Grays Shopping Centre on Wednesday, 4 March with large maps and diagrams detailing the proposals. The following Monday (9 March), between 5pm and 8pm, staff will be at the Civic Offices in New Road, Grays, again to help explain and to answer questions.

Paper copies of the consultation are also available at the Civic Offices reception and Grays Library.

Transport portfolio holder, Cllr Oliver Gerrish, said: “For over a decade we’ve all moaned about the Grays one-way system, the problems of getting to the multi-storey car park – and out again – and various other little niggles.

“In these days when we are encouraging people to walk or cycle to and from town, we also need improvements for those on bicycles.

“We have come up with a proposal and now we want to know what local people, local businesses and the bus and taxi operators think.”

He added: “This is a genuine attempt to come up with a plan that we think answers those complaints and niggles. If you think differently, let us know.

“No decisions have been made. I want to say that this is a real consultation and we want everybody to have their say.”

The consultation started on Friday (20 February) and runs throughout March until Friday, 3 April.

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