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 events were held and attended by over 3000 people and 2795 responses to the consultation were received. Each and every consultation response was analysed and the results are presented in a consultation report.
It was clear from the responses that people feel that that some level of change is needed; 82% of respondents favour a complete upgrade and a further 10% felt that some changes were required to meet current and future demand. Overall, 80% of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that the A120 should be upgraded to a dual carriageway.
Respondents were asked to rank the five options presented from 1 to 5, with 1 being the first preference and 5 being the last preference. Option C received the most responses as first preference when compared across options with 29%, closely followed by option E with 27% and then option A (17%), option D (14%) and option B (13%).
When first and second preferences were added together, option C was still the most preferred with 25%, followed even more closely by option E with 24%, options D and B with 20% and option A least preferred with 11%.
Option A was the least popular option, receiving the highest number of ‘5’ rankings (62%), where respondents provided ‘5’ rankings.
The full report details the findings to each of the questions in the consultation questionnaire, as well as further comments that were submitted during the consultation period.
In March 2020, the government announced details of its latest Road Investment Strategy (RIS2), covering April 2020 to March 2025.
The strategy outlines how the government will be investing £27.4 billion in maintaining, improving and building capacity in the strategic road network during the 2020-25 period, including £2.2 billion for the east of England.
The document also looks further ahead and includes a list of ‘pipeline projects’ which will undergo more analysis and design work ahead of being considered for potential future investment.
The A120 Braintree to A12 was identified as a pipeline project and will now be progressed by Highways England.
For more information, email A120braintreetoA12@highwaysengland.co.uk
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