Politicians and business leaders from across East Anglia have come together in Parliament to support an improved A120 between Braintree and the A12.
Supporters of improvements to the A120 met on the Terrace Pavilion at the House of Commons on Tuesday, 17 July to rally behind Essex County Council’s favoured route, route option D, which was announced in June.
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader at Essex County Council, praised the work so far done on developing a favoured route and called next year’s Road Investment Strategy funding announcement by the Government a ‘golden opportunity’ to make long-overdue A120 improvements a reality.
The event followed last month’s Westminster Hall Debate in which MPs from across the region called on the Government to help cut congestion, improve safety and boost business by dualling the single-carriageway stretch on the A120.
An announcement on Road Investment Strategy funding is expected from the Government in 2019.
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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