MP welcomes A120 improvements

IMPORTANT safety improvements to one of Essex's busiest roads have been put in place. The Highways Agency has replaced damaged kerbs along a stretch of the A120 at Marks Tey following complaints from residents.

IMPORTANT safety improvements to one of Essex's busiest roads have been put in place.

The Highways Agency has replaced damaged kerbs along a stretch of the A120 at Marks Tey following complaints from residents.

A series of blocked drains, which had been leaving dangerous amounts of rainwater on the surface, have also been cleared and work is to go-ahead next year on pedestrian crossings.

The upgrades were claimed as a victory by Bernard Jenkin, MP for North Essex, who last month launched a campaign to improve the condition of the road that provides a key link between Harwich International Port and Stansted Airport.


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Mr Jenkin branded delays in upgrading the A120 as “unacceptable” saying the road needs to be changed to dual carriageway from both Braintree to Marks Tey and also from Frating to Harwich as soon as possible.

Mr Jenkin said: “I am delighted by the early success of the campaign to improve the A120. These welcome changes are long overdue and will ease the plight of pedestrians who are currently forced to use unsafe crossings.

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“This is just the first step in improving the state of the A120. I will be maintaining pressure on the Highways Agency to tackle the stifling congestion problems still facing motorists particularly during peak times.”

A spokeswoman for the Highways Agency said resurfacing work had already been planned before Mr Jenkin's intervention and the opportunity was taken to combine it with the drain clearing and kerb replacements at Marks Tey.

The £312 million dualling scheme for the A120 is not due to take place for more than a decade because of a shortage of Government funds.

The Government gave the East of England Regional Assembly £778 million to be spent over 10 years to fund its choice of transport schemes in the area but applications from local authorities for 127 projects totalled more than £6billion.

The East of England Regional Planning Panel, has said the funding at present was “grossly inadequate” for all the development needed in the region.

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