A120 Harwich Road improvementRecently updated

Construction of a new roundabout at Harwich Road and closure of the centre reserve gaps at Pellens Corner on the A120.

Region:  East
Start date:  Summer 2017
Cost:  £3 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Improvement Scheme
End date:  Spring 2018

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Progress report

We asked for your feedback on our proposals for this scheme between 2 December and 23 December 2016. We have now reviewed all of the responses we received. You can view the results on our consultation page.

What next?

We have postponed the start of construction until 2017. To create a new roundabout at Harwich Road we have to purchase land and negotiations are taking longer than we expected. It would not be appropriate to start work in the winter when we are more likely to experience severe weather.


Date Event
March 2012 Change to the road layout
December 2014 Introduction of 50 mph speed limit
August 2015 Public information event
September 2015 Start of land purchase and production of orders
Spring 2017 Detailed design complete
Summer 2017 Start of works

Why we need this scheme

In the past 5 years there have been 23 recorded collisions at Harwich Road junction causing 52 casualties, 3 of which were fatal. There were a further 12 reported collisions at Pellens Corner junction causing 19 casualties. The majority of collisions have involved right turn manoeuvres to or from side roads. Our scheme is needed to improve safety along the route.

The scheme in detail

In March 2012 we changed the layout of the junctions and reduced the dual carriageway to a single lane. This was to address safety concerns. Following a safety audit 12 months after the changes we concluded that further safety measures were required. The most effective measure is to close the gaps in the central reservation; however we recognise that this could have an adverse effect on the local community. We have considered a number of long term solutions and developed the option to build a new two lane roundabout at Harwich Road in addition to closing the gaps at Pellens Corner. Following consultation with Essex County Council the roundabout will include a new link road to Park Road. We are also proposing to install new crossing points for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.


The aim of the scheme is to improve safety in the area to both the local residents and users of the A120.

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A120 Harwich Road junction improvements - Public Information Leaflet |
Design of proposed works to be carried out at Pellens Corner |
Design of proposed works to be carried out at Harwich Road |

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Location : The A12 southbound between the A120 Colchester East and the junction with the A120 Colchester West. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 30 May 2017 to 3 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 5 June 2017 to 8 June 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am
Location : The A12 northbound. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 16 June 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am


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