Highways England has held seven consultation events over the last fortnight, with staff available to speak to over 1,853 members of the public who attended.
The events showcased Highways England’s plans to widen the A12 between junction 19 (Boreham interchange) and junction 25 (Marks Tey interchange), which will reduce congestion, improve safety and boost the economy. It is part of the Government’s record £15 billion investment in England’s motorways and major A roads.
Highways England programme leader Richard Hofton said:
I want to thank everyone who has taken part in the consultation so far. We’ve heard some really interesting views and opinions from people and have encouraged everyone to contribute to our consultation. It is vital that we get that local feedback, as well as from wider stakeholders to help us reach a final decision.
There is still time for you to take part, so I urge anyone who is affected by and interested in our improvement work on the A12 to take part and share your views with us. There are important choices to be made and we are keen to get as many views as we can, so be sure to join in with the consultation so you can help us to make these decisions.
Some 89 per cent of respondents were positive about the events, which were held alongside Essex County Council’s consultation into plans for widening the A120 between Braintree and Colchester. The figure rose to 94 per cent satisfaction at Boreham, with residents and other interested parties sharing their views and learning more about both schemes at the events.
Despite the last of these events taking place last Wednesday (15 February) in Chelmsford, the public can still have their say by contributing to the consultation, which will close on Friday 3 March.
All responses to the consultation will help Highways England take the best possible improvements forward.
The four options shortlisted in the consultation are:
- option 1 – widening the existing A12 corridor (the online option)
- option 2 – widening the existing A12 corridor between junctions 19 to 22 and 23 to 24 and two new bypasses between junctions 22 and 23 (Rivenhall) and between junctions 24 and 25 (Marks Tey)
- option 3 – a variation of option 2 with only one new bypass between junctions 22 and 23 (Rivenhall)
- option 4 – a variation of option 2 with only one new bypass between junctions 24 and 25 (Marks Tey)
For more information about our proposals and to share your views, visit the scheme website.
Alternatively, you can call the Highways England information line on 0300 123 5000 for further information or write to Freepost A12 Chelmsford to A120 Widening
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