A120 accident blackspot safety measures to be unveiled next week



Safety improvements to the A120 in Tendring will go on show to the public next week.

A new two-lane roundabout, closing gaps in the central reservation and new crossings are all being put forward by Highways England to reduce the number of accidents around Pellens Corner near Little Bentley.

There have been 23 collisions involving injury along the A120 from Harwich Road to Park Road and 12 crashes at Pellens Corner in the past five years, including several fatalities.

Drivers, nearby residents and businesses using the road are invited to a public exhibition next Wednesday, August 19, to see further details of the plans.

Andy Jobling, Highways England asset development manager said: “Safety is a top priority for Highways England, and this scheme will help to make the road safer for drivers on the A120.

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“We have consulted with stakeholders and the local authority, carried out an in-depth study and looked at how we can best improve safety and help reduce the number of collisions.

“The average speed cameras in the Little Bentley area of Essex were completed at the end of last year and the reduced speed limit of 50mph is already having a positive effect for those who live locally.

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“We now plan to build a new two-lane roundabout at Harwich Road and ban right turn manoeuvres by closing the gaps in the central reserve at Pellens Corner. New crossings for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders will also be installed.

“I’d encourage anyone with an interest in the A120 to come along to our event and find out more about our plans.”

Work is expected to start in next summer and last for less than a year.

The scheme is being part funded by Essex County Council.

Officers from Highways England will be on hand at the exhibition which takes place from 2-8pm at Great Bromley Village Hall, Parsons Hill.

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