A12 Chelmsford to A120 Widening Supplementary Design Consultation November 2021

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Closes 19 Dec 2021

Share your views

We want to better understand your views about the updated proposals for the A12 Chelmsford to A120 widening.

On 16 August 2021 our statutory consultation ended. We received 794 responses and over 2,000 people visited our virtual event space. Despite uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions, we were also able to safely hold six in-person events. Since then, we have been doing further work on the design we presented at that consultation which has taken into account the feedback we received. When the design of a scheme changes or is updated , it is important that we share that with the public and stakeholders. This is your opportunity to provide your thoughts on the latest proposals.

The A12 is an important economic link in Essex and across the east of England. It provides the main south west/north east route through Essex and Suffolk, connecting Ipswich to London and to the M25. The section between Chelmsford and Colchester (junction 19 Boreham interchange to junction 25 Marks Tey interchange) carries high volumes of traffic, with up to 90,000 vehicles every day. Heavy goods vehicles are between 9% and 12% of the traffic on this section due to its important freight connection, especially to Felixstowe and Harwich ports. This section of the A12 is also an important commuter route between Chelmsford and Colchester. The resulting congestion leads to delays and means that, during the morning commute, a driver’s average speed is particularly slow in both directions for an A-road.

Please share your views with us by completing this response form before 11.59pm on Sunday 19 December 2021, at which time the consultation closes so please ensure your comments arrive with us in time to allow us to analyse and consider your feedback.