To encourage and make walking and cycling safer, Essex County Council has developed a ‘Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan’ (LCWIP) for Braintree.
A Government led initiative, LCWIPS look to support a move to more sustainable forms of travel, particularly for shorter journeys. They are designed improve the links to key destinations that people need to get to, whether for work, education, shopping or for other reasons.
London Road, Braintree
In developing the LCWIP, the connection from London Road into Braintree was recognised as requiring improvements to make it safer and easier to travel into and out of the town.
A key link into Braintree, it has been identified that there are a number of conflict points that deter cyclists from using the route despite the existence of an off-road cycleway. The planned cycle enhancements are aimed at assisting both cyclists and pedestrians and encouraging greater usage.
The provisional 14-week timetable of works starting mid to late February (Covid-19 pending) will see improvements from the Skiddaw Close cut through, along London Road to Tortoiseshell Way and will include:
- Resurfacing and improvements to footway /cycleways;
- The creation of a raised junction at Queenborough Lane with improved crossing point, making it safer for all users;
- Relocation of the existing footway /cycleway crossing point on the A120 westbound off slip, to improve lines of sight;
- Improvements to signage and markings;
- The removal of vegetation to improve safety and comfort.
Throughout the works lane closures, temporary traffic lights and other temporary traffic management will be in place to facilitate the works.
Impact on bus services
The installation of the new junction table will require the closure of the Queenborough Lane/London Road Junction for approximately 1.5 weeks (Covid-19 pending).
This is currently programmed around the end of March/start of April. This will impact on bus services in the area. We will provide more detail on this once confirmed.
Please note that the programme may be subject to change if affected by poor weather or if unexpected issues arise.
We aim to keep residents and businesses updated via this webpage and site signage. Information will also be shared with local parish councils.
For details about other roadworks in the area please visit: one.network or the @essexhighways twitter feed.