ok,went down high road this morning after weekend works when it was chaos.This morning 300 yards took about 6-7 minutes to get through lights to turn left onto A13 westbound.Seem to be two sets of lights now one behind the other.This is going to have to change or it is going to back up miles.A13 Westbound was totally clear prior to and passed tarpots so,phazing in favour of high road needs to be tweaked or yes tesco will become a thoroughfare,or hatley gardens will become one also.
Well A13 London-bound in the morning will always get priority, so in that sense from what you are saying the lights are working. This was only the first morning rush hour with the new layout. Drivers will take a little while to get used to it all (the junction itself is functioned by one programme of lights, the others will be for pedestrians but will hopefully be linked to flows from Tarpots itself. ECC will also be monitoring the flows as well in case they need to consider adjusting the timings. Even so 6-7 minutes is not ideal, but hardly the worst queue for 300 yards, considering 2-3 months ago it was taking upto an hour to travel that far. Certainly not worth diving through Tesco Express smoking tyres... Also worth noting the A13 L/b at Tarpots still has the third lane (straight ahead as per second lane) coned off to filter traffic through the one lane after Tarpots whilst the complete snagging works this week. Once that is lifted the traffic will flow even quicker through there, benefiting everyone fron all approaches.
for those who always thought the claim by Essex County Council of being off network completely by 27th June,please see below quoted from their website
See the latest information on roads affected.
The following elements of the scheme will be completed by Wednesday 27th June:
Removal of A130 southbound contra-flow
Traffic lights on the roundabout will be functional"
All other elements eg,what is and is not open has been taken off.
So when do we get an update of a completion date,does the A13/SB/NB A130 stay at one lane,when does all the other piles of resurfacing get done,when is A130 sadlers/tarpots completed ? Are their now penalties in place when this does not open by the ODA deadline of 30th June ? When do ECC come clean and admit they have messed up big time ? Looks like s/b strategic link and A13 link will be fully done in the next day or so.The A130 south will not,another couple of weeks there where they buily an elevated lane which seems to filter to ward tarpots,might be wrong but 5 days to have everything finished and take away all traffic management is not going to happen and certainly not by 27th as ECC claim
Well personally I always thought it would be very tight for June 27th, and it is indeed the case. The A13(w) being shut every night over the weekend and this week up until Friday night suggests it could be a last minute thing.
I can see the contraflow being removed wednesday, but not all three lanes open. Likewise on the rounabout I can see all lights being switched on (except B1464 where there is still not even a trace of a junction island yet let alone lights!) but the final road surface still 75% done. As for the disappearing milestones, well all the main objectives of the scheme are open, albeit only partially, and these are listed at the bottom of the webpage anyway (about time they tidied that page up).
There is no 'climber' lane being created approaching Sadlers down the A130. That is the previous alignment of road you were driving on until a few days ago (the final diversion on the slight kink is set much lower than the previous road). They are breaking that up and levelling it out so they can add signage, barriers, run-off etc. After the link road exit, the A130 will be one lane for a few yards, then expand to two, and at roundabout will have three exit lanes as it used to. A13 will be two lanes when it is finished up to the link road merger (two lanes) when it will become four.
Personally I think the best they can hope for by saturday is to have four lanes open on the A13 with the central reservation varioguarded off, with a patchwork quilt of final/preliminary surfacing and planed surfaces. The sides of the road should be complete by then hopefully - driving through this afternoon they are getting closer to finishing the final alignment west of Sadlers, but the project not so. They should get the link road fully open with two lanes as well, but probably only by saturday if we are lucky.