|From:||Howe Green (TL738035)|
|Distance:||4 miles (6.4 km)|
|Meets:||A12, A130, A1060, A138, A1016, A414|
|Former Number(s):||A130, A12|
|Route outline (key)|
The A1114 is an L-shaped route on the outskirts of Chelmsford and was cobbled together from bypassed sections of other A-roads.
The road starts at A12 J17, where it also meets the A130 which has come north from the Thames Estuary. The A1114 now heads north along the old A130, as grade separated dual carriageway. The now-unclassified original A130 turns off at the first GSJ to pass through Great Baddow, whilst we bypass the village, now essentially a suburb of Chelmsford.
The A1060 (former A414) comes in from the right at the next GSJ, which is not accessible in this direction, after which the A1114 is the dominant number in a multiplex to the far end of the Great Baddow bypass. The junction here (The Army and Navy Roundabout) is a roundabout which is partly grade-separated: there is a flyover for light traffic carrying traffic into the city centre along the old A130 alignment or back again depending on the time of day as the flyover is tidal flow; no other grade-separation exists so cars arriving at the wrong time still have to use the roundabout. The road ahead is the continuation of the A1060, however, and the A1114 TOTSOs left.
We are now on the original A12 Chelmsford bypass, which is S2 and lined with houses. We start by heading almost due south before bending to the right to end up in a westerly direction, also becoming less built-up. We cross a couple of roundabouts, passing a playing field, park and supermarket before crossing the Anglia Main Line. The road then bends to the left to meet the A1016 at a roundabout before a short D2 section leads to the end of the road on the A414, which continues ahead on the original line of the A12.