Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas calls for action on A13 after crash chaos

PUBLISHED: 15:58 25 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:01 25 September 2015

Eight crashes in two weeks on the A13 have led to safety fears

Eight crashes in two weeks on the A13 have led to safety fears


Drivers are fearing for their safety following eight crashes in two weeks on the A13 – with some of the chaos blamed on people not obeying new speed restrictions.

Emergency services at the sceneEmergency services at the scene

Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas has led calls for preventative action on the road – one of the busiest in London for commuter traffic. He said he will ensure “everything possible” is done to make it safe.

A tractor driver was killed on Monday in a pile-up on the Pitsea flyover, following a crash at Wennington the same morning that saw one woman taken to hospital.

Then on Tuesday, an overturned van between junction 30 of the M25 and Wennington sparked 20-minutes of mayhem as cars heading in the opposite direction crashed. Three cars collided, which Essex police said was due to rubber-necking, and another two cars crashed when having to brake suddenly because of the forming queues. One man was taken to hospital.

The string of incidents follow a two-lorry collision at Ferrry Lane, Rainham, early on Monday last week, which closed the road for a whole day for resurfacing work.

The A13 near the Movers Lane junction (Pic: TfL Traffic News/@TfLTrafficNews)The A13 near the Movers Lane junction (Pic: TfL Traffic News/@TfLTrafficNews)

Two days later another early-morning crash involving two lorries shut the road at Movers Lane in Barking. One driver was cut from his cab and taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Mr Cruddas said: “With the increase in accidents it’s clear there is an issue that needs addressing.

“I think it is something that needs to be looked at in detail by the council. I will be contacting the relevant department over the coming days to ensure everything possible is being done to find a resolution and make the A13 safer.”

Roadworks on the A13 began in February to improve junction 30 of the M25. Because of that, 40mph speed restrictions were introduced temporarily – just months after the road was made a 50mph zone to reduce the number of accidents.

The lorry involved in the crash on the A13 (Pic: LondonAmbulance HART: @LAS_HART)The lorry involved in the crash on the A13 (Pic: LondonAmbulance HART: @LAS_HART)

In July, Ilford student Hassan Sheikh died in a “devastating” crash at Ferry Lane. Between 2010 and 2014 there were 43 crashes on the road and five deaths, according to

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