I am a Leigh resident, a daily commuter on this stretch of road and, like many of you, have been studying it's progress.
I think it will end up being a success.
I know, I know, it might sound like blind optimism, but the way I see it:A130 traffic
= completely eliminated (bar the odd poor soul that misses his turn off!)
That leaves Canvey & Tarpots traffic to go over the new raised road. 2
At the end of this road, the road widens to 3
lanes; 1 for Tarpots, 2 for Canvey.2x Canvey lanes:
Signal controlled, to pass through the roundabout and directly onto Canvey.
IF this Canvey turn off is ever congested, then it has the length of the two lanes PLUS a single lane on the main raised road, where Canvey traffic should already be in lane, leaving the inside lane free for Tarpots.So, 1 lane for Tarpots:
This widens to two entrances to enter on to the roundabout. The roundabout is signal controlled, but the A13 (E) will be given a good share of priority.So, where does this traffic then go?
- 1 unobstructed entrance, directly on to the Pitsea minor road (London Road?)
- An unobstructed lane, directly on to the A130, for those that may have missed the link (D'oh)
- 2 lanes on to Tarpots (more on this later)
- Minor traffic to Canvey (for those that missed the initial right turn at lights)
There will be traffic from Tarpots to A130N, but in the evening it should be minimal and in the morning, it will be given priority, with Canvey, over the A13W. So, the 2 lanes going on to Tarpots:
This widens in to 3 lanes to meet lights:
- An unobstructed left turn into Rushbottom lane.
- An unobstructed right turn into High Road
- An unobstructed central lane continuing to Hadleigh
- There will be NO right turn from the Tarpots lights into Rushbottom lane
- Traffic going across Tarpots, from High Road, to Rushbottom, is minimal at best
- Same for Rushbottom across to High Road
This will give the straight lane towards Hadleigh major priority at the lights, meaning a fluid, direct flow of traffic from the main Sadlers Farm roundabout, with minimal tail backs and next to no congestion on the roundabout.
I think what concerns most, is that there is STILL traffic, even with elements of the project open.
But you can see how such minor changes can affect the bigger picture... perfectly illustrated with the current single lane at Tarpots which, just by itself, has added 30 mins to our journeys:Single lane - minor tailback - trouble getting off roundabout - congestion on roundabout - trouble getting ON to roundabout - major tailbacks on A13E
I think, once all completed and light timings tweaked, we'll have minimal holdups on all routes on and off of the roundabout.
The key point, is that the traffic all slowly, but surely, filters out into a nice well-oiled system, but if something is fecked, then - like most junction - it will have consequences for the rest of it, like what we're (kinda) seeing now, with the single lane at Tarpots.
That's how I see it all anyway!
Feel free to point out my (perhaps glaring) mistakes!