A131 Chelmsford to Braintree Route Improvements

Latest News - 30 November 2018: A131 Chelmsford to Braintree route improvements

Traffic management

From 8 December 2018 until the end of the month, temporary traffic management directly associated with this scheme will be removed from the carriageway where possible to allow for improved traffic flows on the run up to and during the Christmas period.  Works will resume again in the New Year.

Sheepcotes Roundabout – information event and advance works

We are currently finalising detailed designs for Sheepcotes Roundabout.  To give members of the public an opportunity to view our plans, a drop in event has been arranged as follows:

Date: Wednesday 12 December 2018
Venue: Little Waltham Memorial Hall, 15 Brook Hill, Little Waltham
Timing: Between 4pm and 7.45pm

We will also arrange for copies of plans available to view during the event to be uploaded to this webpage closer to the date.

Some advance works are planned during December 2018 including trial hole investigations and vegetation clearance planned for January 2019 to accommodate proposed water main diversion works.

Works complete - Chelmer Valley Road bus lane extension

Construction of the Chelmer Road bus lane extension has been completed however it is necessary for lanes to remain closed on approaches to Nabbotts Roundabout to support the roadworks taking place as it allows the filtering of traffic from the safety of road users and construction workers.  We anticipate the bus lane restrictions will be lifted in December 2018 to improve flow when the current phase of works on the roundabout is complete.

Nabbotts Roundabout improvements

  • The central roundabout island has now been reduced in size. We are monitoring traffic flows and are now in a position to allow two circulatory lanes on the roundabout which we hope will ease some of the congestion in the area.
  • In the New Year, some additional bus lane closures are anticipated due to additional works required on Essex Regiment Way and Pump Lane in order to complete the roundabout improvements. 
  • The final phase of works will involve resurfacing works to the roundabout and the central bus lane on Chelmer Valley Road which we anticipate will be scheduled during the early part of 2019 and is likely to involve some overnight temporary closures. Further details will be provided once details have been agreed.

Thank you for your continued patience while we carry out these works.

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 preliminary design plans support future economic growth of the area, while implementing casualty reduction and safety measures.   A series of roundabout and bus lane improvements are proposed 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 a phased approach over a period of approximately 3 years. Please note that any dates provided are only indicative and may be subject to change as the project develops. 

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 (in progress)

  • 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)


Proposed Sheepcotes Roundabout improvements

  • 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 three lanes.
  • Provide a new section of bus lane on the approach to Sheepcotes Roundabout from Braintree Road (B1008).

We are currently finalising detailed designs for Sheepcotes Roundabout.  To give members of the public an opportunity to view our plans a drop in event has been arranged as follows:  

Date: Wednesday 12 December 2018

Venue:Little Waltham Memorial Hall, 15 Brook Hill, Little Waltham

Timing: Between 4pm and 7.45pm.  


When will the work take place?

Work will be undertaken in a phased approach with details of the difference phases publicised in advance.  Please continue to check this web page for updates and follow us @essexhighways.

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. 

Further information

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.



Title Description Date
Plan of route improvements  PDF 30/11/2018

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