The consultation period is now closed for this scheme; we would like to thank everyone who took part and gave feedback on our proposals. We received over 900 responses and public exhibitions were attended by over 1800 people, with nearly 90% of those who attended rating the events as positive.
The purpose of the early consultation was to understand the concerns of the local community and road users. We wanted to understand which option gained the most support and to listen to suggestions before any detailed design or preferred route is selected. We received valuable feedback on the route options presented, along with suggestions about the junctions along this stretch of the road. Other issues raised included:
- environmental impacts
- other key developments proposed for the area
- existing rat runs in the area
- non-motorised user services such as cycle paths
- improving safety
Alongside factors such as value for money, constructability, safety and meeting the scheme’s objectives, the consultation responses will assist us in identifying the preferred route option. We will complete our assessment work then refine the options, incorporating the comments provided where practical.
Once we have analysed all the responses we expect to announce a preferred route by the end of summer 2017. We will publish this announcement on the website.
We will continue to gather further information about the local environment to ensure we minimise or mitigate any negative effects of the scheme. This survey work includes:
- identifying protected species
- landscape and habitat assessments
- flood and drainage surveys
- measuring noise and pollution levels
It is important to note that the location of any survey work should not be taken as an indication of where any future route might run and does not reflect land on which the final scheme may be.
We intend to hold a second public consultation in autumn 2017 following the preferred route announcement. We will provide further details later this year.
|March 2016||Feasibility assessment|
|December 2016||Identifying options|
|Spring 2017||Have your say|
|Summer 2017||Preferred route announcement|
|Summer 2018||Preliminary design|
|Summer 2019||Statutory process (including a second chance to have your say)|
|2020||Start of works|
Why we need this scheme
The A12 Chelmsford (junction 19) to A120 (junction 25) is part of the strategic road network and supports national and regional economy by connecting Felixstowe and Harwich ports to London. It links the towns of Chelmsford, Witham, Marks Tey and Colchester between junctions 19 and 25.
This road struggles to cope with existing peak traffic demands, resulting in delays and reduced speeds. With few available diversions, incidents and accidents result in disruption over a wide area.
Without intervention things will get much worse. Projected growth in population and local development will only increase the pressure on this road.
Essex County Council is leading a feasibility study for long term improvements to the A120 between Braintree and A12. For more information about the scheme, please visit the Essex County Council website.
AimsWith this scheme, we aim to:
- reduce congestion and delays
- increase road capacity
- improve journey time reliability
- supports the growth identified in Local Plans
- improve safety
- provide alternative access to local roads
- help the transport network to better cope with road maintenance and with incidents such as collisions, breakdowns, maintenance
- improve the environmental impact of transport on communities along the existing A12 route
- reduce the impact of new infrastructure on the natural and built environment
- provide improved routes between communities for cyclists, horse riders and pedestrians
- reconnect communities
- improve safe and effective access for public transport users
- improve road user satisfaction
Project media files and documents
Consultation executive summary
Options assessment report
Traffic data collection report
A12 Third Forum presentation 25 November to 7 December 2016
A12 first forum presention 3 to 11 August 2016
A12 second forum presentation 16 to 29 September 2016
Project Control Framework quick reference guide
Roadworks and Events for England
The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England
Breaking News: Traffic Information
The latest current breaking news items for England's motorway network