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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 launching a feasibility study that will look 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.

This study will include a public consultation on potential options to solve congestion problems, which everybody in Essex can contribute towards, and will result in Essex County Council making recommendations to the Government on the preferred option. 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

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 […]
September 7, 2016

Business Case Studies

Business leaders in the area describe, in a series of case studies, their experience as local employers of the impact that the heavy congestion and safety […]
September 1, 2016

Community Matters – Bradwell with Pattiswick Parish

We are proposing developments to the A120 between Braintree and the A12 in order to improve the connectivity for local communities, businesses and commuters in Essex […]
June 14, 2016

Environmental surveys

Essex is a beautiful county of contrasting landscapes and rich culture. The area surrounding the A120 between Braintree and the A12 is no different. Our residents […]


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.


Useful Links

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 -