Favoured Route Option
Option D is our favoured route option for a new dual carriageway A120 between Braintree and the A12.
Councillor Kevin Bentley announced the decision on behalf of Essex County Council at an event in Earls Colne on Friday, 8 June.
The favoured route option has cleared the statutory call-in period. It will now be recommended to Highways England and the Department for Transport for inclusion in the Road Investment Strategy 2, which is the next funding period for the strategic road network.
Option D’s alignment, if progressed by Highways England, would run from Galleys Corner at Braintree to a junction with the A12 to the south of Kelvedon.
It is important to highlight that all work undertaken by Essex County Council is advisory at this stage, and a Preferred Route Announcement (PRA) can only be made by Highways England in association with the Department for Transport.
Our aim is to get the A120 Braintree to A12 upgrade into the Government’s Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS 2), the next funding period for the Strategic Road Network.
If the A120 is included in RIS 2, it is expected to be announced in 2019. If successful, this would likely be followed by a Preferred Route Announcement.
We will continue to lobby the Government if the A120 is not included in RIS 2 to include it for improvement at the earliest possible opportunity.
Provided that the scheme progresses as planned, it is anticipated that construction could commence in 2023 with the road ready for use around 2026.
Please see the project's timeline for more information.