I used the new A130 (N) link last night, which in itself was pretty clear. And that is the problem - the main volume of traffic queueing up to Sadlers is for Benfleet, Tarpots, Canvey. Definately caused by the moronic decision to do all the work to kerbing, widening in Tarpots just the other side of the roundabout. It took me 45 minutes to get from Five Bells to the new turn off. I dont think any noticeable difference will be felt anywhere on this project until all of it is open.
Like other contibutors I am also concerned about the road layout. Traffic intending to use the new underpass will have to get into the outside lane(s) and those going straight over in the inside lanes. I can still see the Benfleet, Canvey and Tarpots traffic backing up along the new bridge (dont know its name) therefore probably clogging everything up again down to Pitsea.
At least the end of this "omnishambles" is in sight now. Just a case of gritting teeth and getting on with it.
(BTW who else finds the "POLICE SPEED CHECK AREA" signs dotted about the place seriously un-funny)
I am afraid as a resident of Benfleet I am at the end of my tether with this whole situation.This is going to be a pesimistic prediction,but if you live on Canvey or in Benfleet,there will be NO IMPROVEMENT IN JOURNEY TIMES from when the 6 roundabouts were there.,in my opinion this is 65 million pound chucked away .The only people who will benefit will be those that live OUTSIDE the borough of Castle Point,ie Rochford ,Rayleigh etc.Funny Tracy Chapman comes from Rochford.,not suggesting that has anything to do with it.If it was to the benefit of those Castle Point residents who have suffered more than most,the whole thing would have been designed differently.All that will happen now is the A127 will be relieved of more traffic from M25 to A130.The northbound link made no difference and yes it will be easier when tarpots is done,but it will go back to original journey times with people queuing on a bridge rather than a roundabout.
I hope I am wrong,but at the moment I don't think so
Well there should be an improvement as you will no longer be contesting the roundabout with A130 traffic trying to get to the A13, the canvey traffic will have its own cut off (albeit they had their own mini roundabout before) and A13 to A130 traffic.
So in theory the roundabout will be quieter, but Id think not massively so.
However, throughout these works its been clear to me not much traffic actually comes via the A13 to A130N, although this may be cause they are avoiding it and using A127, so whilst this may not improve access to Benfleet/Canvey it will improve access to the whole area in the same way the works have affected the whole area.
Bottom line is you are still going to have the same amount of cars going into Benfleet/Canvey as ever so the bottlenecks are still there.