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Southend’s growing traffic problems can only be fixed by a £200m bypass, says transport spokesman Posted On 27 November 2020

The proposed bypass would stretch a whopping ten miles, and is arguably the ‘only solution’ to Southend’s traffic woes. This comes as the plans to build Southend United’s first very own football stadium (which could take up to five years to build), as well as many new homes in Southend, are now seriously underway.

 

Ron Woodley, deputy leader of Southend Council, originally suggested the idea of a relief road from Warner’s Bridge to Tesco on the A127, but opposition leaders fear it would “not solve major traffic concerns”. Meanwhile, Kevin Buck, Tory transport spokesman, has instead insisted plans for a bypass which he believes would have a much more positive impact, one from Bournes Green Chase, in Shoebury, to the A130 at the South Woodham Ferrers. The bypass could potentially cost around £200million.

 

Kevin Buck went on to say: “There’s been no confirmed plans for the relief road or where the funding is. It’s a 12,000-seater stadium, most weekends there will be complete gridlock there. It won’t work, it won’t solve the problem of traffic on the roads. The only solution would be the bypass. It would free up the whole of the east of Southend and Rayleigh.

 

“The bypass won’t go through homes, and will loop through Rochford’s fields. It will help traffic there too. Homes won’t need to be demolished. If we get the relief road, the bypass won’t happen. They won’t get Government funding for both. It will cost around £20million per mile. That’s only a rough estimate at this stage.”

 

Said relief road was pitched to fix tailbacks on Priory Crescent and Sutton Road, which will likely get worse once the new football stadium and homes are built.

 

Ron Woodley, deputy leader of Southend Council, further stated: “To say a bypass is the only solution is a stupid statement. We’ve got water around us, the road will take us into the North Sea. We have a problem with traffic from east to west, there’s no doubt about it. A relief road will solve it. Officers are looking at pinch-points.”

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