What are the problems?
The A127 is one of the busiest non-trunk roads in the country and is no longer fit for purpose.
The road is close to capacity at peak times, resulting in regular congestion and delays.
Journeys on various sections of the road typically take over twice as long during peak periods, while trips westbound between the M25 and Gallows Corner are more than four times longer during the morning rush-hour.
On some sections, such as between the Nevendon and Noak Bridge junctions, traffic exceeds 85% capacity for four or five hours a day, resulting in unreliable journey times.
Delays on the A127 increase business costs, affect supply chains and harm productivity, costing millions of pounds a year.
Congestion exacerbates environmental problems such as poor air quality and has a negative impact on road safety.
The inadequacy of the A127 also isolates communities and threatens to limit future economic growth in South Essex, as well as having a detrimental knock-on effect on the national economy.
Without significant investment, these issues will hinder the growth and prosperity of South Essex and the wider region.