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Watery Lane Open Tomorrow For The Rush Hour??

watery junction

 

Rawreth Parish Council have received the following advice today:

Having spoken to the engineers at the bridge today (Wed)  they hope to open the road later today at rush hour provided the re-surfacing is finished and the signs for ‘lack of road markings’ are available.
In any case, it should be open tomorrow for the next fortnight during morning and evening rush hours, ie: shut during the day between 0930 and 1630 hours whilst they continue to finish the job.
However, we are seeing conflicting rumours on Facebook, so we are not 100% sure about this!

 

Highways And Potholes

There was a lot of discussion at the Local Highways Panel last week about the frequency and quality potholes – even though the panel is not supposed to touch maintenance issues.

Chris Black took the opportunity to mention the big pothole at the junction of Mortimer Road and Eastview Drive, that Bruce Smart had reported it in January, and that the Smart household would be baking a cake to celebrate its first birthday. This caused people there to pay attention, and hopefully we will have a cake to celebrate the repair, rather than the birthday.

mortimer pothole

In the meantime, the following roads in  Downhall and Rawreth Ward are on the list for thorough repairing:

 

Bedloes Avenue

Deepdene Avenue

Hambro Parade

Kings Farm

Manns Way

 

 

 

No Reduction in Speed Limit – Traffic Is Going Too Fast

old london road

 

This is a hard one to understand…

Old London Road in Rawreth is a road where the national speed limit of 60 mph applies.  It goes between London Road and Church Road, which are both 40 mph zones, so that you can only drive at 60 mph for about half a minute!  But going at this speed isn’t a good idea, as this is a country lane with lots of cars on Sunday mornings , plus heavy lorries and horseriders. Local residents have asked for the speed limit to be reduced to 40 mph , which seems sensible, especially as we now have umpteen football pitches along here.

Rawreth Parish Council has asked repeatedly asked for this, but been turned down by County Highways. However on Thursday Chris Black tried again at the Local Highways Panel again, without success. County Highways basically advise that they won’t reduce the speed limit here because 1) there aren’t enough houses along the road (sports pitches don’t count) and 2) according to the last survey , vehicles are going too fast….

No “negative impact on safety and capacity” !

If you haven’t looked at Countryside’s masterplan for “North of London Road” , you can find it on their website here.

You can also find their opinion on the traffic situation here. Key sentences:

The Local Highway Authority, Essex County Council, has confirmed that with improvement works, traffic from the development of 550 new homes can be accommodated on the local road network without having a negative impact on safety and capacity.
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We have carried out a Transport Assessment that considers firstly the current operation of key junctions on London Road and Rawreth Lane, and secondly their future operation should the development go ahead, taking into account both a natural background increase in traffic, and traffic associated with other proposed developments in the area, to provide a robust assessments of effects.
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The Transport Assessment recognises that there is existing queuing on London Road and at the Rawreth Lane/Hullbridge Road mini-roundabout, and it identifies a range of highway measures that could improve traffic flows and reduce queuing in these areas. Not all of the improvements identified in the Transport Assessment would be needed as a result of the traffic generation from the development. We would either implement appropriate highway improvements, or contribute financially to allow the Highway Authority to implement appropriate improvements, with the actual works selected from the range of possible improvements identified in the Transport Assessment, following further discussion with the Highway Authority and District Council.

We think residents will have their own views on this… We will obviously be examining this very very carefully.

Traffic Petition

Hullbridge Road, next to Lubards Farm

Hullbridge Road, next to Lubards Farm

Gary Congram has an e-petition on the County Council website that onlineFOCUS readers might be interested in signing:

Petition Overview:
We wish a traffic analysis to be conducted for 7 consecutive days of Lower Road, Ferry Road, Hullbridge Road and Watery Lane at a time when all roads are functional and no school or public holidays are happening during this period. Previous analysis have been done between Sept and Nov.,
Further Details:
In accordance with the Essex Resilience program and also community safety the community of Hullbridge would like to understand and identify the risks to them relating to the local highways. In order to achieve this the community need to understand, volume of traffic, types of traffic, speed of traffic, per each direction on the above mentioned roads. This needs to be per hour, per day. The community believe there has been a significant increase in the past 5 years of vehicles passing through the village especially HGV’s. The services infrastructure for the village and surrounding area run along and under these roads and some were built and not upgraded since the 1930’s and 50’s. As a result there has been a number of breakages in pipe work. There is also an increase in traffic accidents being reported as per essex highways Traffweb application http://www.essexworkstraffweb.org.uk/main.html#

You can find it and sign it here.

Now , This Is Interesting- An Inspector Goes Against County Highways Advice.

There’s been an interesting planning appeal in Fambridge, near the River Crouch. It concerns  a former shellfish packing station there in a very quiet country location. It is currently used for a business that repairs and refurbishes old damaged cars , and prepares them for export. Part of the buildings already had a general industrial use planning permission, the applicants wanted to use the rest of the site.

Officers recommended refusal on the following grounds – highways and noise nuisance:

fambridge 2

This was despite County Highways being happy about it:

fambridge 1

Councillors voted for refusal, and the applicants went to appeal. But the inspector agreed with the council on both points, and the appeal failed. It’s interesting to see what he wrote about County Highways advice:

fambridge 3

It often happens that councillors are concerned about the effect on highways of a planning application, even when County Highways officers think it is OK. You can expect councillors to mention this Fambridge planning application when a similar situation occurs again…!

Blame It On The Tunnel…

Apologies for no item tonight, blame it on the Dartford Tunnel…!

Rawreth Lane Traffic Lights Sensors

rawreth lane lights

We picked up recently on a complaint from a motorcyclist that his bike didn’t trigger the sensors at the traffic lights at the western end of Rawreth Lane. We’ve now had a reply from a helpful person at County Highways:

With regards to the traffic signals at the junction with A1245 Chelmsford Road/ Rawreth Lane.

I can confirm that a fault was raised and an engineer attended site on 27th June. Although no fault was found with the Rawreth Lane detection, the engineer did increase the sensitivity of the detectors which it is hoped will address the issue of motorcycles not being detected.

Big Spending On Big Roads In South Essex (Though Not Much In Rochford)

From the Echo:


WORK is set to begin on three major transport schemes in South Essex after the Government agreed to plough in £155.8m of funding.
A four-and-a-half mile stretch of the A13 between Pitsea and the Orsett Cock, in Thurrock, is to be widened to six lanes while the A127 will get an overhaul at four-pinch points.
Southend’s Victoria Avenue will also get a facelift, while transport in the town will get a £7million boost.

The A13 needs to be widened to 6 lanes largely because of the the new London Gateway container port.

The only improvement in our district is actually on the very edge – a planned £15 million pound improvement to the Fairglen interchange, which will be welcomed by many commuters. Though what impact will this have on the proposed employment land and traveller site that RDC are planning there?

A 12 Week Road Closure !

Beeches Bridge  in Beeches Road in Rawreth will be closed for much of the summer to allow  reconstruction work on the bridge.

  • From July 14th there will be temporary traffic signals.
  • On July 20th the signals will be removed to allow the London to Southend Bike Ride to pass unimpeded.
  • Then the road will be closed for 12 weeks, with only a temporary footbridge for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists.

And if you are not sure where Beeches Road is, it’s to the west of Watery Lane. So nobody will be able to drive directly along Watery Lane to Battlesbridge , this will force most of the Watery Lane traffic onto Rawreth Lane for 12 weeks.  :(

BREAKING NEWS: Free Saturday Afternoon Parking Is Saved

Market Car Park 2 78009. crop

 

At tonight’s’ Full Council meeting, free parking in council car parks on Saturday afternoons was SAVED.

Conservative cabinet member Mike Steptoe said that certain  contingency reserves were no longer needed, so there was no need to charge on Saturday afternoons…  at this time. When it came to a vote, it was overwhelmingly in favour of keeping Saturday afternoons free.

This is a great victory for everyone who campaigned against this . Don’t believe for a moment that  Saturday afternoons would have been saved without everyone’s efforts ! Pressure from opposing councillors and the public has paid off…

However , the increases in charges were still voted through.

Full write-up later when we get the minutes of the meeting.

A Slight Improvement…

watery junction

 

One of the items discussed at last week’s local highways panel was the junction of Watery Lane ,  Hullbridge Road and Lower Road. There have been five ‘personal injury collisions’  in the past five years – one of them being serious. Three of them involved turning right into Watery Lane; all of them were in the morning rush-hour.

So County Highways engineers proposed some modest improvements which have now been agreed:

  • Refresh all the roads markings as they had become worn or damaged
  • Add an ‘informal domed island’ at the Give Way marking in Watery Lane to improve the visibility of the turning point of the junction and deter road users from cutting across the junction
  • Reposition the black-and white chevrons signs to improve sight lines and declutter the junction
  • Consider installing a short section of kerbing and reinstate the grass verge to maker the edge of the highway more obvious
  • Cut back vegetation to 3 metres away from the carriageway to improve visibility and allow the chevrons sign to be repositioned
  • Remove part of the hatch lining to highlight the turning point from Lower Road into Watery Lane.

Total cost of this is £6,500 and should make the junction a bit safer. Though it’s a pity you have to have an accident analysis to get road markings repainted…

 

 

 

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