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Decision made on new A120 route between Braintree and A12

On Friday (June 8) Councillor Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader at Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, announced option D as the council’s preferred option for a new dual carriageway between Braintree and the A12.

The decision comes following a public consultation where 82 per cent of respondents agreed that this section of the A120 needed to be completely upgraded to a dual carriageway in order to reduce congestion. The proposed route would see Galleys Corner drastically altered and it would lead onto a dual carriageway road joining the A12 at junction 23 south of Kelvedon.

The preferred route between Braintree and the A12

“I truly believe that route option D offers the best solution to the problems of the current A120 between Braintree and the A12,” said Cllr Bentley at the event at Earls Colne Golf Club. Our study work has demonstrated that for every £1 million spent on improving the A120, residents, road users and businesses will see £3,750,000 in benefits. Route D also delivers up to 15 minutes in journey time savings. The current single-carriageway road is not fit for purpose and is often heavily congested, causing major issues, not only for drivers and businesses in Essex, but also those helping to fuel the UK economy through our nearby international ports and airports. Now is when the real work begins. This scheme is competing with dozens across the country for Government funding so it is vital that everyone unites behind a shared vision for an improved A120. Please make your voice heard and make sure the Government knows just how important this road improvement is to the future of Essex, East Anglia and the economic future of the country.”

The work currently undertaken by the county council is only advisory at this stage and a preferred route announcement for the A120 can only be made by the Highways England in association with the Department for Transport.
An announcement on whether the scheme has been successful is expected to be made in 2019. If it is to be funded the newly-upgraded A120 between Braintree and the A12 could open as early as 2026.

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