Earlier in the year Jon Cruddas MP and the Labour team in Rainham raised concerns about the poor state of repair of Upminster Road North. The local MP had been contacted by residents in the northern part of the ward who all expressed that the road was now becoming dangerous for drivers due to potholes and other damage to the carriageway.

After mounting pressure, Havering Council have now responded to the Dagenham and Rainham MP to confirm that the whole of Upminster Road North will be resurfaced in September (next month).

Jon said: "The roads and pavements across Rainham have long been on our agenda but Havering Council have failed to act in the past. The state of the road was in rapid decline, so this is a very welcome announcement.

"The local Labour Action Team are working hard to hold the council to account over the lack of support for basic infrastructure in the south of the borough. So, we are hoping that this is the first of many improvements for Rainham."

Simon Darvill from the Rainham Labour Action Team said; "We spoke with lots of people in the area and the state of Upminster Road North was raised consistently. Jon has delivered a great result for local people. This is the sort of thing ward councillors should be picking up but if they won't fight for investment in the ward it falls on Labour to step in."