Improving the A120


We believe the A120 is not fit for purpose and is long overdue an upgrade. We are not alone either, as more than four out of five people who responded to our 2017 consultation agreed.

That is why we have developed plans for a newly improved route which would create a modern dual carriageway link connecting Braintree and the A12.

This is vital as the A120 is a key driver for the local and national economy. Commuters, freight, residents and businesses suffer daily lengthy delays on this single-carriageway road which cost the country millions of pounds every year.

In June 2018, we announced our favoured route for the new road as Route D. We predict that every £1 million spent on the new route will deliver £4.5 million in benefits.

Our study work has now been completed and passed to Highways England who will make a final decision, in conjunction with the Department for Transport (DfT), on whether to fund the scheme through the Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS 2) later this year (2019).

If and when funding is secured, Highways England would announce a preferred route for the scheme in conjunction with DfT, which would then be consulted on with the public.

Please take a minute to explore our website which gives a detailed overview of the scheme so far.

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In March 2020, the government announced details of its latest Road Investment Strategy (RIS2), covering April 2020 to March 2025.

The strategy outlines how the government will be investing £27.4 billion in maintaining, improving and building capacity in the strategic road network during the 2020-25 period, including £2.2 billion for the east of England.

The document also looks further ahead and includes a list of ‘pipeline projects’ which will undergo more analysis and design work ahead of being considered for potential future investment.

The A120 Braintree to A12 was identified as a pipeline project and will now be progressed by Highways England.

For more information, email A120braintreetoA12@highwaysengland.co.uk

A120 Braintree to A12 - Highways England 

View: Press Release - A120 Upgrade Drives Forward

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