Press release

A120 Harwich Road safety improvement plans: public invited to find out more

Plans to improve safety for people using the A120 Harwich Road in Essex will go on show later this month.

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A new two-lane roundabout, closing the gaps in the central reserve and new crossings are all part of the proposed package of measures. Drivers, business owners and local residents are invited to find out more about the plans at a public exhibition on Wednesday 19 August. Once completed, the work would improve safety and reduce the number of incidents on the A120 at Harwich Road and Pellens Corner near Colchester.

Andy Jobling, Highways England asset development manager, said:

Safety is a top priority for Highways England, and this scheme will help to make the road safer for drivers on the A120.

We have consulted with stakeholders and the local authority, carried out an in-depth study and looked at how we can best improve safety and help reduce the number of collisions.

The average speed cameras in the Little Bentley area of Essex were completed at the end of last year and the reduced speed limit of 50mph is already having a positive effect for those who live locally.

We now plan to build a new two lane roundabout at Harwich Road and ban right turn manoeuvres by closing the gaps in the central reserve at Pellens Corner. New crossings for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders will also be installed.

I’d encourage anyone with an interest in the A120 to come along to our event and find out more about our plans.

The work is expected to start in summer 2016 and last for less than a year. Highways England is working closely with Essex County Council, who are funding part of the scheme.

The public information event, at which members of the public will be able to look at the plans and discuss them with representatives from Highways England, will take place at Great Bromley Village Hall, Parsons Hill, Great Bromley, Colchester, CO7 7JA, on Wednesday 19 August from 2pm to 8pm.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 5 August 2015