Friday start for M25 Thurrock upgrade

February 25 2015  

Friday start for M25 Thurrock upgrade

Road users are soon set to benefit from reduced congestion and improved safety at junction 30 of the M25, where major improvement works will get under way on Friday.

The Highways Agency’s £100M overhaul of this interchange with the A13 near Thurrock in Essex is also expected to kick start economic growth and regeneration in the area.

Work on site is to be carried out by a joint venture of Balfour Beatty and Skanska in two phases.

The A13, on the approach to junction 30, will first be widened to four lanes in each direction. The junction itself will then also be improved, with new dedicated link roads between the M25 and the A13. Roadworks are expected to be complete in Autumn 2016. 

“This busy junction sits at the heart of the Thames Gateway regeneration area, and the improvements we’re making will make sure that it can continue its key role in supporting economic growth,” said Highways Agency project manager Lizzie Pauling.

Traffic at the junction is expected to grow by up to a quarter by 2032.

Essex County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transportation Rodney Bass said: “We are pleased that this long awaited scheme is finally starting. It is a very welcome improvement to the A13/M25 interchange and will increase its capacity substantially.”

The Road Haulage Association’s southern and eastern regional director John Howells said: “Hopefully this project will help to improve traffic flow in what has always been a busy area of the network.

“We are always supportive of major highway upgrades and accept that there is likely to be additional congestion during construction,” he added.

From Friday narrow lanes will be installed on the A13 and a 40MPH speed limit will be introduced, remaining in place until work is complete.

(Photo: Highways Agency)

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