Widening preparation for A13 from Manorway to Orsett Cock begins

PEOPLE using the A13 between The Manorway and Orsett Cock junctions will see workers surveying the area over the coming weeks.

This will be the first visible signs of the long-awaited widening of that stretch of the dual carriageway to three lanes – similar to that from the Orsett Cock westwards – to help reduce the chance of congestion as the borough develops and the London Gateway port expands.

The survey is the first step in preparing the way for designing the widened road and in order to carry it out safely, there will be reductions in lanes during off-peak times.

It is expected this work – by Thurrock Council’s surveyors Mason Land Surveys – will take approximately a fortnight and will start on the evening of Monday, 25 January.

Cllr John Kent, Leader of Thurrock Council said: “The widening of the A13 has been a key part of the London Gateway development plan since it was first mooted 15 or so years ago.”

“The port is now growing and the traffic associated with it is growing too which is why the port is also providing some finance and working closely with us.

“Thurrock Council has been working for years to persuade the Department for Transport to provide the funding – which has been promised, up to £80 million to be spent by 2019 – and we have £5 million from April to do the design work and buy the land.”

He added: “It is also important to note both that this work is being done for widening the A13 – not building a new Thames crossing and motorway in Thurrock – but it also highlights the need for a decision on the crossing proposals as soon as possible.”

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