A MAJOR road out of Southend is to benefit from Safer Roads Funding.
The Department for Transport has granted £3.425 Million for the A13 from a fund that provides a total investment of £47.5 Million to improve road safety on 27 of England’s most high-risk roads.
Following analysis of data on accidents and travel levels from the Road Safety Foundation, the A13 was identified as a high-risk road.
MP for Southend West, Anna Firth, welcomed the news of the new funding, which is estimated to help prevent 760 fatal and serious crashes over the next twenty years across the county.
She said: “I have been campaigning for road improvements in Southend since before I was elected, and have lobbied ministers hard for recognition that the A13 needs upgrading.
“I am delighted that this will now be happening. However, the work will need to be undertaken carefully, ensuring the least possible disruption, and I look forward to seeing the plans for carrying out the work as soon as possible.”
Ms Firth was also joined by MP for Southend East Sir James Duddridge KCMG in a recent meeting with Roads Minister Richard Holden.
Sir Duddridge said: “Running through the heart of the city, the A13 is dangerously narrow at times and heavily congested, creating a risk to all road users. I am pleased that the Department for Transport has granted £3.425 Million to deliver the much-needed upgrades to the A13.”
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