Press release

New safety measures on A120 in Essex: work to start

Work to improve safety on the A120 in the Little Bentley area of Essex will start next month.


Road users are advised that advance work on a scheme to improve safety on the A120 in the Little Bentley area of Essex will start next month.

The Highways Agency announced in September 2013 that the speed limit on the A120 around its junctions with Harwich Road, Park Road and Pellens Corner junctions would be reduced to 50mph, to improve safety on the vital route. The new speed limit will be enforced by average speed cameras.

New signage and average speed cameras along on a 2.2 mile stretch of the A120 past the three junctions, as well as improve visibility at the Park Road junction. The work is scheduled to take place throughout July and into August, and will require some traffic restrictions, including carriageway closures, which will be carefully planned to minimise delays. Dates and further details for this work will be announced as soon as possible.

Two weeks of advance work, which will include installing electrical supply, starts today and will be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am (weekdays only) with no traffic restrictions.

Highways Agency project manager Paul Sinfield said:

Safety is top priority for the Highways Agency, and this reduced speed limit will help to smooth traffic out and make the road safer for drivers leaving or joining the A120 at these junctions. The A120 is a vital route, and this new speed limit is part of our commitment to keeping journeys on it safe and reliable for the thousands of drivers who depend on it every day.

The new speed limit is part of longer term plans to improve the A120, including plans for a new roundabout to improve access onto the A120. Preparatory design work on the roundabout has begun, but a final location has not yet been decided. The Highways Agency will liaise with residents and other stakeholders later in the year to outline proposals and invite feedback.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000

Media enquiries

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

Published 18 June 2014