Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas calls for action on A13 after crash chaos
PUBLISHED: 15:58 25 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:01 25 September 2015
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.
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.
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.
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 collisionmap.london.
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