Public Consultation on route options has now closed – recommendation for preferred route option due in autumn 2017

Improving Essex’s Roads

The A120 between Braintree and the A12 is one of the most important east to west roads in Essex, yet has become one of the most congested. This has led to poor levels of service for drivers, including poor reliability and queuing traffic.

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. Upgrading this strategically important road is essential to unlocking greater economic potential in Essex, and the wider South East. It will provide tangible benefits to road users, businesses and local neighbourhoods.

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.

The study included a public consultation on potential options to solve congestion problems, which everybody in Essex could contribute towards. The feedback from the consultation is now being analysed, and the results will contribute to Essex County Council’s preferred route option recommendation, which will be presented to the Government. This will then be considered for inclusion in the next Government Road Investment Strategy (RIS), which will run from 2020 to 2025.


Route Options for Public Consultation

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Project Details

July 26, 2017

A120 consultation not merely ‘popularity contest’

Residents have been reassured that upgrades to the A120 between Braintree and the A12 will not come down to simply being a ‘popularity contest’. Essex County […]
March 14, 2017

End of Consultation

The A120 Braintree to the A12 Feasibility Study consultation period has now closed. All responses will be analysed and compiled into a consultation report for consideration […]
March 10, 2017

Last call for consultation responses

Consultation on the route options for the A120 between Braintree and the A12 closes on the 14th March 2017. Launched on the 17th January, the public […]
December 23, 2016

Consultation dates announced

Public consultation is anticipated to begin on Tuesday 17th January 2017 and run for eight weeks. To raise awareness of the consultation ECC will be: Advertising in local papers Via […]
December 9, 2016

Options development and assessment.

Options development and assessment. The process for developing options for any major road scheme is set by Highways England and national guidance. Figure 1 below shows […]
September 15, 2016

Traffic Summary Note

Resident, commuters, long distance travellers and businesses all use the A120. But how much? Road users often speak about congestion at key junctions, causing longer journey […]


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.


Additional Information

If you have questions regarding the project, please direct them to

Highways England is currently developing options for widening the A12 between Chelmsford (J19) and the A120. For more information please visit:

Braintree District Council and Colchester Borough Council are both in the process of drafting their local plans, which will involve consultation with local residents.
For more information please visit:

Braintree District Council -

Colchester Borough Council -

Overwhelming support for A120 upgrade - More than four out of five people believe upgrades are needed to the A120 between Braintree and the A12, a public consultation has revealed.