Our consultation ended on 6 January 2017.
Thank you for all your comments and responses during the consultation. All views and comments will now be considered and summarised in our public consultation report.
- make sure potential impacts on the community and environment have been fully considered
- ensure the final scheme design considers all relevant responses where applicable
- ensure the final environmental statement takes into account impacts and mitigation measures you have told us about
- record how we have considered feedback to develop the scheme further within our consultation report.
We will now produce more detailed designs for the scheme, which will involve a second public consultation. You will be able to give your views again and influence the development of the designs. We will let you know more about this nearer the time. Alternatively you can subscribe to our page and be automatically notified of any updates.
After the second consultation, we will apply for a Development Consent Order. This means a planning application has to be sent to the Planning Inspectorate, which examines the scheme and operates their own public consultation, known as Examination. This provides a third opportunity to have your say.
Why we need this schemeWe have identified a number of issues at the junction which are impacting on the local and regional economies and their ability to achieve their full potential. These include:
- congestion and delay disrupting journeys on our road network and local roads
- actual and significant perceived safety concerns connected to driver movements on the roundabout
- resilience to incidents is poor, resulting in significant disruption and unreliable journey times
- poor air quality
- develop and assess a range of options to inform consultation with key stakeholders
- engage more widely with local stakeholders
- further develop proposals and assess traffic and environmental impacts
- make recommendations on the preferred route
- increased congestion and lengthy queues, at least 5 times worse than at present
- a 25% reduction in average speeds through the junction (excluding mainline M25 and A12)
- widespread disruption following incidents
- constraints on future development and growth opportunities
- local air quality issues to deteriorate
AimsWe hope to achieve the following scheme objectives:
- increase capacity and reduce congestion and delays by providing an improved link from M25 to A12
- reduce the incident rate and resulting disruption by increasing the capacity of the roundabout
- improve safety on the roundabout by reducing traffic levels and redesigning the existing layout
- cater for future traffic demands to enable development and economic growth
- minimise the impact on local air quality and noise by smoothing traffic flow
- protect access for non-motorised users (pedestrians and cyclists) and improve conditions wherever possible/li>
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