We have been contacted quite a lot in recent weeks concerning Watery Lane. The Road Flooded signs have been up for some time and anyone who has ventured down there will know that water has remained on the carriageway throughout that period albeit at varying depths. Today I have had reliable reports that the water is about a foot deep and that earlier a British Gas van had broken down in it.
Although some vehicles still use Watery Lane a good proportion of the traffic which would normally use the road are now going via the Hullbridge Road and Rawreth Lane causing queues to build up along both of these routes with resultant severe delays to journey times. As well as today’s British Gas van other cars have also got stuck as water gets taken up through the air intake (which can be quite low down on many cars) damaging the engine.
Delays to Rawreth Lane Hullbridge Road junction are now about 25 minutes and it is taking 35 minutes to get as far a Rayleigh Station, normally a 5-7 minute journey. Other residents have told us that they are now leaving an hour earlier than usual to get to work the traffic has been so bad.
We have today contacted The Councillor in charge of Highways at Essex County Council asking a number of questions about Watery Lane and we will give an update as soon as we have the answers. If you have any specific stories regarding delays etc please post them here.