Cllr Mark Flewitt and Cllr James Courtenay are still working on this matter and have secured full officer engagement in doing improvement work at this very important and strategic junction.
It is slow process as this is a long term piece of work even to get the council in a position to use the funding streams being consulted upon at this time. This piece of work is underway and likely to see some movement once the councils own budget is settled in very early March of this year.
There is, with this major junction, some serious level of traffic capacity survey work and technical analysis to be carried out, to save money the council have recently signified to Mark and James that this could be carried out internally.
Your frustration at the seemingly slow progress is appreciated by both Mark and James, but whatever work is done at this junction must dovetail into the rest of the major highway system or risk losing so many of the gains made by the previous “Better Southend” projects.
The objective of all concerned is to enhance the capacity at the junction, so that surface crossing becomes possible rather than the current bridge arrangement.
Mark and James are clear that you should realise that this is not a simple matter and are continuing to push for enhanced safety at this junction and not just a quick political result for the May elections.