|Location Map ( geo)|
|Forward Destination on|
|A12, A120, A133|
|Next Primary Destinations|
|Chelmsford • Harwich • Ipswich • Stansted Airport • Clacton-on-Sea|
|Other Nearby Primary Destinations|
|Places related to the A12|
|Brentwood • Chelmsford • Docklands • Great Yarmouth • Hackney • Ilford • Ipswich • London • Lowestoft • Marks Tey • Romford • Stratford, London|
|Places related to the A120|
|Bishops Stortford • Braintree • Harwich • Marks Tey • Puckeridge|
|Places related to the A133|
Colchester is a large town located in northeast Essex. It is an important transport hub, as several major roads pass through or terminate here.
The A604 used to multiplex with other roads through the town.
Colchester has been bypassed several times. The first bypass, Cymbeline Way, opened in 1934 as the A12. A later A12 bypass of Stanway and Lexden, to the immediate west of this as far as Marks Tey, opened in 1969, plugging into the thirties bypass. This was replaced with a fully grade separated nothern bypass in 1975, though it did not provide access from the A134 until 40 years later. Following this, the A120 eastern bypass opened in 1982, which took over the old A604 route to Harwich.
|Ipswich||Felixstowe accessed via A14|
|London, Chelmsford, Brentwood||Brentwood is non primary but signed|
|Stansted Airport, Bishops Stortford, Braintree|
|Clacton-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth||Access via A120; Access via A12|
|Ipswich, Cambridge||Cambridge is signed as an HGV alternative to the A1124 via the A12 and A14|
|Sudbury, Gt Horkesley|
|Eight Ash Green, Halstead, Cambridge|
|St. Osyth||Accessed via A133|
|Wivenhoe||Accessed via A133 and B1027|