What is being proposed
The Link Road will create a new dual-carriageway between the A133 and A120, enabling traffic to more easily access the A12 and A120.
Following consideration of consultation responses, engineering, environmental and design, it was agreed to adopt ‘Option 1C variant’ as the preferred route for the Link Road.
Option 1C was the favoured route option in the consultation and the amendments made will lessen the impact on existing properties, Strawberry Grove, Turnip Lodge Lane (a protected lane) and nearby communities, while still meeting the objectives of the scheme.
The planned route will leave the A133 via a roundabout east of the University of Essex, joining the A120 via a junction east of Strawberry Grove.
The next steps will see the route progress through preliminary design ahead of a planning application later in the year.
The Link Road will likely be submitted for planning in November/December of this year with construction due to begin in 2022.