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 plans support future economic growth of the area, while implementing casualty reduction and safety measures. Roundabout and bus lane improvements are designed 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 phases over a period of approximately 3 years. Dates provided may be subject to change as the project develops.
Proposed Sheepcotes Roundabout improvements
To 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 two lanes.
Essex Regiment Way bus lane extension (works complete)
- 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 (works complete)
- 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 (works complete)
- 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)
When will the work take place?
Works are expected to begin at Sheepcotes Roundabout on Monday 23 September 2019. Work will be carried out in a phased approach with details publicised in advance.
Preparations are being made to mobilise the site to allow carriageway widening works and the provision of a dedicated left turn slip lane to take place.
We anticipate the first phase of works will include overnight works under traffic signals at the roundabout and daytime lane reductions while maintaining two way traffic flow.
Further information in respect to future traffic management arrangements will be shared in due course. Please continue to check this web page for updates and follow us @essexhighways. You can also visit www.roadworks.org to view other works in the area.
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.
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