From 7am this morning, motorists have been getting in touch with Southend News Network to let us know that there is currently a certain amount of traffic on the A127 between the Fairglen Interchange and Southend Town Centre, and similar issues have been reported on the A13 between Sadlers Farm and Central Southend.

According to a local traffic expert, Barry Blindingly, this level of traffic is something that we can all expect to see a lot more of in the future around Southend and the surrounding areas. He said, ‘Although traffic seems to flow freely all over South Essex between 10pm and 6am, at other times there does seem to be a trend for people to be using the roads in a wide variety of vehicles – vans, cars, buses and coaches to name just a few of these. I have spent many years of my life analysing traffic data for Southend On Sea, Benfleet, Basildon, Shoeburyness and Canewdon, and the one trend that stands out above all others is that journey times get slower during periods when people are going to school and work, and a similar phenomenon can be observed in reverse later in the day.’

He continued, ‘The most astonishing part of my research came when I noticed that accidents and broken down vehicles cause the overall flow of traffic to become seriously restricted – especially when further police investigations are required. As an example, when some berk in a Ford Ka is texting on their iPhone while trying to keep to exactly 50 mph around Rayleigh Weir, they can often be seen ploughing straight into the back of someone else who has stopped suddenly to avoid a pedestrian practicing their steeplechase technique across the central reservation. This sort of incident causes everyone else to slow down considerably, and the knock-on effect can be even worse as people try and get past them to have a good look and take photos.’

The government has now commissioned a multi-million pound report from Mr Blindingly about how traffic in the county can be tackled, and he has EXCLUSIVELY revealed to Southend News Network that his recommendations will revolve around variable speed limits and a zero-tolerance approach to accidents anywhere in the county – this will effectively force people to not have accidents under the threat of a £100 fixed penalty notice.