Preliminary work to create two new slip roads on the A120 close to Braintree is set to start this autumn.
This scheme will help relieve congestion at the pinch-point at Galleys Corner and help to stimulate future commercial investment and job creation along the A120, as well as providing more direct routes for residents, businesses, and visitors to nearby amenities.
The scheme is being funded thanks to almost £4.95m from the National Productivity Investment Fund as well as funding from Essex County Council (£3m), Braintree District Council (£2.5m) and Highways England (£3m). It will provide an essential upgrade in road infrastructure to help support regional economic growth in Essex.
September sees Essex County Council's contractors begin a series of ground investigation and drainage surveys on site. This first phase of work will include minor excavations, samples and monitoring, and is expected to take up to six weeks to complete.
Works will take place during the daytime wherever possible, to minimise any noise. Some night work may be required, but residents will not be affected as it will be planned accordingly to minimise disruption. Minor vegetation clearance will also be required to allow access to the site. It may also be necessary to introduce temporary lane restrictions on the A120 on occasions. Disruption to users of the A120 will be minimised.
Two public exhibitions will be held in October giving people the opportunity to see how this scheme will improve the traffic for local residents and businesses, along with details of other major improvements proposed in the Braintree district:
• Saturday 6th October (10am-4pm) - Council Chamber, Braintree Town Hall
• Friday 12th October (11am to 7pm) - Alec Hunter Academy
Residents, businesses and stakeholders can view the latest updates on the scheme and get more information on the plans, including a visualisation of what the new slip roads will look.
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure said: “This scheme will make it easier for residents, visitors and businesses to travel in and around Braintree providing a real boost for regional economic growth. I am delighted that works will now start to make this essential upgrade a reality."
Cllr Lynette Bowers-Flint, Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing at Braintree District Council, said: “Everyone using our district's roads will welcome this work to reduce congestion at Galleys Corner. We're glad that our initial investment has unlocked funding from Essex County Council, Highways England and the Department for Transport, meaning that the project can now get underway. This is great news for journeys and jobs in the Braintree district."