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
Type:  Improvement Scheme
End date:  Spring 2018
Programme:  

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Progress report

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.

What next?

We want your views on whether or not the link road between Park Road and the proposed new roundabout should be retained as part of our scheme. You can view details of the consultation and have your say from December 2 to December 23 on our consultation page.

Timeline

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.

Aims

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 |

Project timeline

Planned roadworks

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Period : expect disruption until 07:00 on 22 January 2017. Location : The A12 southbound entry slip from the A1124 . Status : Currently Active. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 7:00 pm
Location : The A12 southbound entry slip from the A1124 . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 22 January 2017 to 23 January 2017. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 4:53 pm
Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 March 2017. Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Location : The A120 westbound between the A136 and the junction with the A12 Colchester East. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The A120 westbound between the A136 and the junction with the A12 Colchester East. Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 January 2017 to 25 March 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 30 January 2017 to 3 February 2017. Location : The A120 eastbound between the A12 Colchester East and the junction with the A136 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : from 00:54 on 9 January 2017 to 06:00 on 24 March 2017. Location : The A120 eastbound between the A12 and the junction with the A136 . Status : Currently Active. Reason : Roadworks.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : from 02:25 on 13 January 2017 to 06:00 on 24 March 2017. Location : The A120 eastbound between the A12 and the junction with the A136 . Status : Currently Active. Reason : Roadworks.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The A120 westbound between the A136 and the junction with the A12 Colchester East. Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 January 2017 to 06:00 on 27 January 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The A120 westbound between the A136 and the junction with the A12 Colchester East. Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 January 2017 to 26 January 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : from 00:54 on 9 January 2017 to 06:00 on 24 March 2017. Location : The A120 westbound between the A136 and the junction with the A12 . Status : Currently Active. Reason : Roadworks.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : From 19:00 on 25 January 2017 to 06:00 on 27 January 2017. Location : The A120 westbound between the A136 and the junction with the A12 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : from 02:29 on 13 January 2017 to 06:00 on 24 March 2017. Location : The A120 westbound between the A136 and the junction with the A12 . Status : Currently Active. Reason : Roadworks.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm

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