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.

Councillor Kevin Bentley


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.


Route Options for Public Consultation

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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.

Latest News

November 23, 2017

Route options agreed to help deliver upgraded A120 ‘without delay’

November 23, 2017 An upgrade to the A120 between Braintree and the A12 has taken a big step forward after Essex County Council’s Cabinet supported four […]
November 16, 2017

A120 improvement a step closer to reality

November 16, 2017 A vital stage in the process of upgrading the A120 to help boost the economy and infrastructure in Essex has been reached this […]
November 16, 2017

A120 Braintree to A12 Feasibility Study Consultation Report

November 16, 2017 A public consultation on route options for the A120 feasibility study ran for eight weeks from 17th January 2017. During this period, 11 […]
July 26, 2017

A120 consultation not merely ‘popularity contest’

July 26, 2017 Residents have been reassured that upgrades to the A120 between Braintree and the A12 will not come down to simply being a ‘popularity […]
March 14, 2017

End of Consultation

March 14, 2017 The A120 Braintree to the A12 Feasibility Study consultation period has now closed. All responses will be analysed and compiled into a consultation […]
March 10, 2017

Last call for consultation responses

March 10, 2017 Consultation on the route options for the A120 between Braintree and the A12 closes on the 14th March 2017. Launched on the 17th […]