Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 12°C

Search
Suffolk Business Awards 2018 Tickets

Aim to dual A120 from Braintree to Colchester within 10 years

PUBLISHED: 11:52 24 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:52 24 June 2015

The 
A120 between Marks Tey and Braintree

The A120 between Marks Tey and Braintree

The A120 between Braintree and Colchester could be dualled within ten years.

Secretary of State for Transport the Rt. Hon Patrick McLoughlin (left) talking with Haven Gateway Partnership Chair George Kieffer (r) at the meeting held in Colchester earlier this year about the A120. Secretary of State for Transport the Rt. Hon Patrick McLoughlin (left) talking with Haven Gateway Partnership Chair George Kieffer (r) at the meeting held in Colchester earlier this year about the A120.

Talks were held between transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Essex MPs Priti Patel and Bernard Jenkin to discuss the project earlier this week.

One outcome was an aim to get the scheme in the 2020-2025 works programme.

For this to happen proposals would need to be put to the government within the next two years, making work on a feasibility study examining scheme options a priority.

Essex County Council and Braintree District Council have between them pledged £7.5million to fund a study, with prime minister David Cameron pledging to match the cash during the general election campaign.

It is understood the county council will be asked to lead the project, rather than Highways England.

Mr Jenkin, MP for Harwich and North Essex, said: “It was a good brisk meeting and there was a lot of clarity which is what we were looking for.

“The agenda is very clear. We need to get certainly the western part onto the programme for 2020-2025.

“The proposal needs to be ready and done in two years for the government to consider, and the county council will be given a strategic leadership role in making sure there is clarity between the road aspect and where any extra development goes to contribute to the road scheme.

“What people want is not higgledy-piggledy development, a bit of housing here and there. We need a plan, and that must include extra schools, health services, sewage capacity and all the rest of it.

“I am not going to support any scheme which does not address this.”

Mr Jenkin added he was keen to see the eastern stretch through Tendring developed too but said traffic demand meant the western section would take priority for now.

Campaigners praised Ms Patel and Mr Jenkin for ensuring the project did not slip off the agenda.

George Kieffer, chairman of the Haven Gateway which has been leading the A120 campaign, said: “I welcome this. We can now get stuck in and started on the plans for the area.

“You can do that with some assurance, it is going to happen and you know when.

“A ten-year timeline is realistic.

“The fact we have demonstrated and given the evidence on the value it would give to the national economy is vital – we can all go out with our begging bows but we have to show added value.”

Commenting on the next steps Mr Kieffer added: “The next hurdle will be the route, and the study will throw up some less acceptable things which need to be worked out.

“But I think it’s clear the junction with the A12 cannot be at Marks Tey.”

Rodney Bass, Essex county councillor for highways & transportation, added: “We shall be delighted to lead on the feasibility study for the A120 if asked to do so.

“We shall be delighted to work in collaboration with Highways England with whom we have an excellent working relationship.

“Our local MPs and the Haven Gateway Partnership have done an excellent job in positively influencing this very encouraging development.”

Relatives of a teenager killed in Ipswich have issued a warning to young people about becoming involved in knife crime and gang culture and called for more to be done to stop violence in the town.

The manager of a Bury St Edmunds bakery faces a court bill of more than £7,000 after pleading guilty to food hygiene offences.

To mark 100 days to go until the inaugural closed road cycling event for Bury St Edmunds, children from Abbots Green Academy celebrated with an afternoon of cycling skills, drills and games.

Free beer, street food, live music and a festival vibe were on the menu at the inaugural Open Brewery Night hosted by Bury St Edmunds-based brewer Greene King.

A missing 63-year-old vulnerable woman from Lowestoft has been found safe and well.

A poignant book made out of English oak, elm and mahogany has been created by master craftsman Den Humphrey as part of the World War 1 Trail in Bury St Edmunds.

A motorcyclist has suffered minor injuries following a collision in Lowestoft.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24