THURROCK’S top councillor for transport says he is proud to say an investment of over Â£100 million in the east of the borough is getting ever-closer.
Cllr Oliver Gerrish, the portfolio holder for transport, will be introducing two items at next week’s (9 March) cabinet meeting, one on the widening of the A13 and one on the new public transport interchange at Stanford-le-Hope.
He said: “Both items are great examples of partnership working with input from the council, London Gateway, and the government.
“And both will see work starting on the ground within a year from now.”
Cllr Gerrish said: “The A13 widening, from The Manorway to the Orsett Cock has been talked about for over a decade.
“In 2014, the government announced a funding allocation of Â£5m for the development of the scheme plus up to Â£75m for delivery, as part of the Growth Deal for the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.
“In addition to this the Dubai Port World (London Gateway) will contribute Â£10 million to the widening.
“There is still preparatory work to be done, but the aim is to have contractors in place to physically start the work next spring.”
And Cllr Gerrish added: “Similar partnership working has come together for the Â£12 million railway station and bus interchange improvement at Stanford.
“This will include rebuilding the station so it is fully accessible with new passenger facilities and a new bus interchange so there will be much-improved access and interchange there.
“This partnership includes the council with c2c, Network Rail and London Gateway again.
“It is important to provide improved access to over 12,000 jobs at London Gateway and the Thames Enterprise Park, as well as improved facilities for local people.”
The report to cabinet explains: “The scheme which has received provisional approval includes provision of forecourt and bus interchange improvements, a new footbridge, cycle storage, bus stops and information, taxi provision, drop-off spaces, improved lighting, signing and resurfacing, as well as improved passenger facilities within the station building itself.”
Funding for the scheme comes from the Local Growth Fund (Â£7Â½ million), the National Stations Improvement Programme (Â£3.3 million) Â£Â½ million from London Gateway, Â£300,000 from Thurrock Council, and the rest from c2c.