A131 Chelmsford to Braintree Route Improvements

Latest News - 16 March 2018: A131 Chelmsford to Braintree (Deres Bridge works)

Extended overnight closures - Deres Bridge roundabout (Great Leighs Bypass roundabout south) 

Due to the predicted cold temperatures this weekend which may affect works being undertaken at Deres Bridge roundabout, the decision has been taken to extend overnight closures by two nights at this location.  

Overnight closures will therefore continue until 22 March, and not 20 March as originally advertised. 

Overnight closures affect Deres Bridge roundabout including all entry/exit slips serving the roundabout will be necessary nightly from between the hours of 9pm and 5am.

Dates may be subject to change if affected by poor weather or if unexpected issues arise.  The latest updates will be reflected on site signage and this webpage.

Advance Notice - 06 March 2018: Essex Regiment Way overnight closures - March

A130 Essex Regiment Way – Temporary overnight closures 23-27 March 2018

Overnight road closures are planned from Friday 23 March to Tuesday 27 March 9.30pm to 5am on A130 Essex Regiment Way (from Pratts Farm Roundabout to Nabbotts Farm Roundabout).  We plan to reopen the road Tuesday 27 March 2018 at 5.00am.

The works are required undertake major resurfacing works along Essex Regiment Way to provide a dedicated bus lane.  Road markings will also be provided to highlight the new bus lane facility.

Please note that works are subject to suitable weather conditions so any changes to the programmed dates may be at short notice.  Changes will be reflected on this webpage and via the @essexhighways twitter feed.  

During the closure periods, routes into Little Waltham, Channels Drive and Beaulieu Park will be affected as follows:

Beaulieu Development:

There will be no access to Beaulieu Development via Essex Regiment Way during the temporary closure.  Motorists are advised to enter and exit via the southern access on the A130 White Hart Lane/Centenary Way.

Regiment Business Park/Channels Drive Roundabout/Channels Drive estate:

There will be no access from Essex Regiment Way during the temporary closure. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes via Pratts Farm Roundabout, Pratts Farm Lane, Channels Drive.

There will be no HGV access on these roads during the programmed working hours.

Little Waltham Road/Mill Lane:

Access to Little Waltham Rd/Mill Lane will be restricted during the temporary closure. Vehicles wishing to access must follow the vehicle convoy departing from the northbound approach to Nabbotts Farm Roundabout on Chelmer Valley Road.

Bus operations:

The 51 Broomfield bus service serving the Channels Estate and the Chelmer Village Park and Ride service will operate as usual. These buses will be accompanied through the works area via vehicle convoy.

The Chelmer Valley Park and Ride site is situated north of the closed section of Essex Regiment Way, and therefore access to/from the car park will be not be affected by the temporary closure.  

We would, however, remind motorists to take additional care when leaving the car park and follow appropriate diversions if your usual route takes you via Essex Regiment Way (southbound).

About the scheme:

Essex County Council has secured £7.3 million to undertake a series of improvements to the A131 (Braintree Road) and A130 (Essex Regiment Way) which is a key strategic route linking Braintree in the north of the county to Chelmsford.  £3.6 million of the funding is being provided by the Government's Local Growth fund via the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.

The preliminary design plans support future economic growth of the area, while implementing casualty reduction and safety measures.   A series of roundabout and bus lane improvements are proposed to enhance network capacity as well as extend the existing bus lane routes to support public transport including Park and Ride.

The work will be undertaken in a phased approach over a period of approximately 3 years. Please note that any dates provided are only indicative at this early stage in the design process and may be subject to change as the project develops. 

Proposals include:

Essex Regiment Way bus lane extension

  • Extend the existing bus lane provision from Pratts Farm roundabout (location of Chelmer Valley Park and Ride) to Nabbotts Farm Roundabout. 

Deres Bridge Roundabout casualty reduction improvements

  • Resurface roundabout and install new road markings to improve driver discipline
  • Widen the entry and exit lanes on Braintree Road (A131) southern approach to Deres Bridge Roundabout to provide two lanes in each direction.

Nabbotts Roundabout improvements

  • Extension of current bus lane on Chelmer Valley Road (A1016) from Lawn Lane outbound, to Nabbotts Roundabout. 
  • Reduce the size of the central roundabout island to allow two circulatory traffic lanes from White Hart Lane (A130) to Essex Regiment Way (A130)

Sheepcotes Roundabout improvements

  • Provide a dedicated left turn slip from Braintree Road (A131) to Essex Regiment Way (A130). 
  • Reduce the size of the central roundabout island to allow two circulatory traffic lanes From Essex Regiment Way (A130) to Braintree Road (A131).
  • Widen the roundabout approach on Essex Regiment Way (A130) to three lanes.
  • Provide a new section of bus lane on the approach to Sheepcotes Roundabout from Braintree Road (B1008).

A131/A130 safety improvements

  •  Safety improvements including installation of carriageway surfacing with improved skid resistance, signing and lining on the A131/A130.

When will the work take place?

Work will be undertaken in a phased approach.

Vegetation clearance is due to take place February 2018 to support works at Nabbotts and Sheepcotes Roundabouts.  Additionally highway works are planned early 2018 at Essex Regiment Way and Chelmer Valley Road to extend bus lanes. 

Please continue to check this web page for updates and follow us @essexhighways.

How will this affect you?

As the programme of work develops, details will be updated to this webpage, and displayed in advance on site signage.  Residents directly affected by the works will be contacted separately.

Throughout the various phases of work, traffic management will be necessary and temporary restrictions will be in place including overnight closures.  While efforts will be made to keep traffic congestion to a minimum throughout these improvements, it is recognised that works will be undertaken in traffic sensitive areas and there is likely to be some disruption to normal traffic flows.

We would always encourage road users to plan ahead and leave extra time for their journeys.   Advanced notice will be given to motorists of any planned lane closures or diversions.

Programmed works may be subject to change at short notice if the works are affected by weather conditions or it unexpected issues arise. 

Further information:

A plan of the route improvements is available in the document section below.

We aim to keep residents informed of progress by providing updates to this webpage including details regarding traffic arrangements such as temporary closures, displaying local signage and updating our twitter feed @essexhighways.



Title Description Date
Plan of route improvements  PDF 14/09/2017 

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