What is happening?
The A120 at Galleys Corner roundabout is severely over-capacity at peak times and this has a significant detrimental impact on the movement of people and goods along the A120 in the wider area.
During the morning peak period traffic queues can often extend from Galleys Corner to Marks Farm roundabout, a distance of nearly one mile away.
Significant delays also occur at weekends and traffic monitoring over the past three years reveals that the delays have become more frequent and increased in length.
Following on from the successful award of £4.95m funding from the Department for Transport’s National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) for the Local Road Network from the Department for Transport, and with support from Highways England (£3m) and Braintree District Council (£2.5m), we are creating two new slip roads on the A120 at Millennium Way to allow users to directly access the B1018 and relieve congestion further along at Galleys Corner roundabout.
This improved access would help to accommodate further growth in the local area, stimulating additional commercial investment and job creation along the A120 in Essex.
The scheme will also help to improve air quality in the area by increasing capacity on local roads and reducing stationary traffic on the A120, making it more efficient to transport goods and people through Essex, as well as having a positive impact on vehicle users and local residents.