WORK on a pilot scheme to improve the Grays town centre traffic scheme will be starting next week.
Phase one of the scheme will include: widening Stanley Road between Clarence and Crown Roads to allow for two-way bus movements; improving the traffic signal layout at the Stanley/Clarence Road junction to allow all vehicle movements; a left turn facility for vehicles turning onto Crown Road from the exit of the multi-storey car park; relocating the bus stops and constructing new laybys at the northern end of Stanley Road; and new traffic light control of the width restriction on Bridge Road.
The construction work is scheduled to start on Monday, 7 March and much of the work will be completed by June with the rest finished by September.
People are being warned there will be some minor traffic delays during the construction.
During the widening of Stanley Road between Clarence and Crown Roads, the controlled parking zone along Stanley Road will be temporarily suspended to allow for works to take place. Permit holders wishing to park during the temporary suspension will be permitted to park their vehicles in Darnley Road and Crown Road car parks, but parking permits for Zone C must be displayed.
The second phase of the works will be carried out once Phase 1 is completed.
Cllr Oliver Gerrish, the council’s portfolio holder for transport, said: “People have long complained about Grays’ one-way system, and especially about not being able to turn left out of the multi-storey car park.
“The first part of our scheme should bring some improvements and the second phase will bring more later, but working on the roads will undoubtedly cause delays from time to time, so I ask people to be patient while the works are carried out.”
He added: “This is a pilot scheme and the results of the works will be looked at carefully to see whether it has done the job or whether further tweaks are needed.”