Press release

Essential repair work begins on A120 and A12 in Essex

A £6m package of essential maintenance repairs on the A120 and A12 in Essex will begin on Monday 9 January.


The work, which will provide smoother and safer journeys for drivers in Essex, will be carried out in phases across sections of the A120 between Braintree and Marks Tey, Colchester and Wix, and of the A12 between Chelmsford and Marks Tey.

It will include resurfacing between A120 Marks Farm and Marks Tey and on the A12 J25 exit slip road, repairs or renewing of waterproofing on several bridges, upgrading central reserve safety barriers, and renewing drainage.

Highways England project manager Kelly Milburn said:

This work will improve safety and provide smoother journeys for the thousands of drivers that use the A120 and A12 each day.

We understand this package of schemes will cause some disruption for drivers and local residents, so we have planned the work carefully and closely with Essex county council, local parishes and other transport services to reduce its impact as much as we can.

While we are carrying out this essential work, I would urge motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time in case of any delays.

From Monday, 9 January works will start on:

  • resurfacing of the road surface and footpaths on the A120 between Marks Farm and Marks Tey
  • waterproofing and resurfacing the road on the Porters Park bridge of the A12, near junction 19
  • repairing road drainage on the A120 near Wix, with traffic lights and a 40mph speed limit in place while we are working
  • replacing the crash barrier in the central reservation of the A120 between junctions 29 and Hare Green, near Great Bromley

Other work will be carried out in phases and further details including diversion routes will be provided in the East of England weekly roadwork summary which is available on our website.

The £6million contract is part of Highways England’s commitment in the region to improve safety and ensure better journey experiences across the East region’s busiest roads. The work is expected to be completed in the spring.

General enquiries

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

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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 13 December 2016