We held a public consultation on five proposed route alignment options between 17 January – 14 March 2017. During this time, 11 events were held and attended by more than 3,000 people.

We also received 2,795 consultation responses.

Each response was analysed and the results presented in the project’s Consultation Report, 27 September 2017.

Please see our - Promoter’s Response (Essex County Council Cabinet Report, 23 November 2017) which outlines our responses to the main issues raised in the consultation.

High Level Results:

  • 82% of respondents favoured 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. 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 and received the highest number of ‘5’ rankings (62%), where respondents provided ‘5’ rankings.

All documents related to the consultation are available on the Documents tab.

Public Events

We held a series of public events for the consultation in the following locations:

  • Bradwell
  • Silver End
  • Rivenhall
  • Marks Tey
  • Colchester
  • Witham
  • Feering / Kelvedon
  • Chelmsford
  • Braintree
  • Cressing
  • Coggeshall.

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

A120 Braintree to A12 - Highways England 

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