The A120 Study is the culmination of almost 10 years of community and political persistence. There is still a lot of work to do to make any long-term improvements a reality, but I think we are all in agreement that the current A120 between Braintree and the A12 is not fit for purpose. Supporting a new route will cut queues, create more jobs and support our growing economy both in Essex and across the country.
Improving Essex’s Roads
The A120 between Braintree and the A12 is one of the most important east to west roads in Essex, yet it has become one of the most congested. This has led to:
- poor levels of service for drivers
- poor reliability
- high levels of congestion
Already heavily over-capacity, traffic volumes are set to increase further. Without improvement, the regular bottlenecks on the A120 will become progressively worse for everyone. The continual increase in traffic over the years, combined with an increasing collision trend, has resulted in greater numbers of delays.
To begin the improvement process, we are undertaking a feasibility study that looks at potential solutions. Although this is a trunk road operated by Highways England, the Government has asked the County Council to lead on the work to determine the best way forward. This is a unique opportunity for everyone in Essex to work with the County Council in finding the best solutions.
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Galleys Corner Roundabout, Marks Tey roundabout and the link between the Colchester Road and the A12 are key bottlenecks that cause congestion and delay.
It’s not just affecting one hour of peak time traffic. Journey times increase by 25% or more during five hours of the day in an eastbound direction, and during three hours of the day in the westbound direction.
The Council plan is fast-tracking the feasibility process so it can be put forward for consideration by the Government for inclusion in the Road Investment Strategy 20-25.