Residents get closer look at A13 plans
ALMOST 300 people took the opportunity to find out more about Thurrock Council’s £79million project to widen the A13 at a series of information events.
The project is one of the largest local authority-managed road schemes in the country and will involve widening a 2.3 mile section of the A13 from two to three lanes in both directions between the A128 (Orsett Cock roundabout) and the A1014 (The Manorway, Stanford-le-Hope).
Public information events were held in Orsett, Stanford-le-Hope and Horndon on the Hill last week, enabling residents to discover more about the project and ask any questions. There was also an information stand at the council’s civic offices in Grays.
Cllr Mark Coxshall, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for Regeneration, said: “This section of the A13 is currently operating over capacity, with approximately 77,000 vehicles using it on a daily basis.
“Once the A13 scheme is completed there will be a continuous three lane carriageway from the M25 to Stanford-le-Hope, reducing congestion, improving journey times and supporting further economic growth.
“I am very pleased so many people took the opportunity to find out more about this important project.”
Preparation works started in December 2017 and will continue throughout the autumn and winter, with main on-road works expected to start in early 2019. The scheme, which will also include replacing four existing bridges and improvements to the Orsett Cock roundabout, is scheduled to be completed in autumn 2020.
Further information about the A13 widening project, including regular updates on any road restrictions, is available online at: www.thurrock.gov.uk/A13.
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