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.
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
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Journey times between Braintree and the A12 should take just 16 minutes in free flowing traffic. But, between 5pm and 6pm it can take almost twice as long, with a journey time of 30 minutes and an average speed for 25 mph.
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.
Highways England is currently developing options for widening the A12 between Chelmsford (J19) and the A120. For more information please visit:www.highways.gov.uk/A12chelmsfordA120widening
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 - www.braintree.gov.uk/DraftLP
Colchester Borough Council - www.colchester.gov.uk/localplan