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.

Project Details

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 […]
December 16, 2015

Listening to local communities

The Council recognises the importance of involving organisations representing the local communities and of developing effective means for ascertaining the views of these communities. To facilitate […]
December 16, 2015

Aiming for excellence

We are committed to delivering a long term solution to the capacity and safety concerns on the A120 between Braintree and A12. The A120 is part […]


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.


Map of Study Area

Scroll and drag the map to navigate the project study area.


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 -