A120/Braintree to A12
|A120 Braintree to A12|
|New off-line dual carriageway|
With the Opening of the dual carriageway link between the M11 and Braintree, traffic levels on the remaining section of single carriageway between Braintree and the A12 have increased over the years. A report by the Road Safety Foundation found the A120 between Braintree and Marks Tey to be the 10th most dangerous in the country and two major proposals to improve the remaining section of the route have been made over the period since the previous improvement opened.
Public consultations for the new bypass opened in late 2005, four different routes were outlined that would provide the best efficiency with minimal damage to the environment. Due to the A120 being of regional importance, plans were prioritised to start sometime between 2011-2016 with completion post 2016. The route was planned to go south of the original road, with a freeflowing junction with the A12 which would tie in with the widening works there. The new dual carriageway would pass close to several different villages and other sites of interest including Marks Hall Country Park and Bradwell Quary. Therefore, due to local pressure and the fact it was financially unviable, the plans were scrapped in July 2009. £1.67 million of taxpayers' money was spent on the plans.
Although the 2005 scheme was abandoned, further work has continued since that time, and in July 2015, Chancellor George Osborne included the widening of this section of the A120 in the 2020-2025 Roads Investment Strategy works programme. To this end, Essex County Council have develop a scheme from Braintree to Marks Tey.
Five options were presented:
- A: a new alignment north of the existing A120, bypassing Coggeshall and Marks Tey to the north
- B&C : northern alignments south of the existing A120, meeting the A12 at Marks Tey
- D&E : southern alignments south of the existing A120, meeting the A12 at Rivenhall End
In June 2018 Essex County Council announced that Option D was the preferred option.
Scheme proposed fly through video
Essex County Council
- Essex highways chiefs prefer new A120 junction with A12 at Rivenhall – but cannot commit yet (16.07.2017)