Drivers, native folks and enterprise homeowners are being invited to share their views on plans to improve the A12 in Essex to 3 lanes as an eight-week session begins on Tuesday (22 June).
Highways England introduced its most popular possibility for including an additional lane to the 15 miles of the A12 between Chelmsford and Marks Tey in 2019 and 2020 as a part of a billion-pound improve of the highway.
Total, the proposed modifications to this stretch of the A12 highway will embody:
- enhancements to junctions 19 and 25
- widening the twin carriageway from two to 3 lanes in every route from Hatfield Peverel to Marks Tey
- removing of present junctions 20a, 20b and 23
- development of recent junctions 21, 22 and 24 offering entry to the A12 in each instructions
- creation of two bypasses, one between junctions 22 and 23 and one other between junctions 24 and junction 25
- new and improved present strolling, biking and horse-riding routes.
This most popular route was based mostly on elements together with environmental affect, journey occasions, complexity, affordability, and suggestions from the general public and public authorities.
Stephen Elderkin, Challenge Director, mentioned:
The A12 is a key route connecting London and the Port of Felixstowe, and upgrading this part to 3 lanes will assist with financial development of the area and preserve the county related. The upgraded highway will enhance security by connecting native roads through the brand new junctions reasonably than turning instantly on to the A12, and improve capability, making journey occasions shorter and extra dependable. The prevailing A12 might be saved open for native visitors, and there might be new routes and crossings for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
We’ve used suggestions from consultations that we carried out in 2017 and 2019 to refine our plans. We all know that there’s a lot of help for these enhancements, and we hope everybody with an curiosity on this scheme will participate on this subsequent stage session to assist refine our plans additional and ship the absolute best highway enhancements.
Folks can participate in quite a few methods, and we’ll be internet hosting a number of occasions for them to return and discuss with the workforce to share their ideas and suggestions. It’s necessary that we get it proper for highway customers and the individuals who stay alongside this important highway.
As soon as full by the top of 2028, the improved A12 will scale back journey occasions by as much as 12 minutes for the 90,000 drivers who use it each day.
This session takes under consideration earlier suggestions on the proposals and now native folks, drivers and enterprise homeowners are being invited to share their views on the newest plans to assist make sure the enhancements ship the absolute best outcomes for folks utilizing and residing close to the highway when work begins in 2023. Adjustments based mostly on earlier suggestions embody transferring the highway additional away from the Rivenhall Lengthy Mortuary Enclosure scheduled monument, bettering slip roads, upgrading junctions, and decreasing native visitors by diverting by means of visitors onto the brand new highway.
Folks can participate within the session, which runs from Tuesday 22 June to Monday 16 August, by:
There might be six public exhibitions, topic to Authorities Covid-19 tips, at which individuals can have their say and converse with members of the workforce. These might be complemented by six webinars and an ongoing digital exhibition.
Following the session, plans for the brand new highway might be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in Spring 2022. As soon as a Improvement Consent Order is issued by late 2023, development will start.
For extra details about the plans, please go to our A12 Chelmsford to A120 widening scheme net web page.
Members of the general public ought to contact the Highways England buyer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.
Journalists ought to contact the Highways England press workplace on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to talk to essentially the most applicable press officer.