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Work to widen the A12 to three lanes set to start by 2020

Work to widen the A12 in Essex from two to three lanes is due to start by 2020. Credit: ITV Anglia

The government has announced the timetable to widen the A12 in Essex.

The main trunk road from London to East Anglia through Chelmsford, Colchester and Ipswich will be widened from two lanes to three.

The Chelmsford MP Sir Simon Burns has been told by Transport Minister John Hayes that work on the section from Boreham near Chemlsford to Colchester is expected start by March 2020.

The stretch from the M25 to Margaretting will be the next stage of the project and is expected to begin between 2020 and 2025.

‘Widening the A12 from the M25 to Chelmsford and from the Boreham Interchange to Colchester was an election commitment and I am delighted that the work to the North of Chelmsford is expected to commence by March 2020.

"This work is badly needed to relieve congestion and improve connectivity on the main feeder road from London to the East of England and when completed will improve connectivity to and from Chelmsford.

– Sir Simon Burns MP, Chelmsford, Con

New investment needed to ease traffic jams on the A12

80,000 vehicles use the A12 in Essex and Suffolk every day. Credit: ITV News Anglia

New investment could be on the way to improve one of East Anglia's major roads.

There are plans to improve the stretch of the A12 between Colchester and Ipswich which could mean widening the road to three lanes.

It's already been announced the section between Marks Tey and Chelmsford will be widened effectively turning the A12 into a motorway.

80,000 vehicles use the A12 through Essex and Suffolk every day so it is no surprise the main road connecting villages, towns and cities across our region is regularly congested.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu

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Call for more village bypasses on the A12 in Suffolk

Bypasses are needed for the villages Marlesford, Little Glemham, Stratford St Andrew and Farnham. Credit: ITV News Anglia

As plans for a multi-billion pound road tunnel under the River Thames were announced, transport campaigners in Suffolk say other roads in the region are going short of vital funds.

Businesses along the A12 between Lowestoft and Ipswich say they are losing money because the road is so bad.

Suffolk County Council and East Suffolk councils have committed £500,000 to build a strategic business case to Government for funding to improve part of the A12.

Bypasses are needed for the villages Marlesford, Little Glemham, Stratford St Andrew and Farnham.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

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A12 roadworks in Essex will not finish on time

Roadworks on the A12. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Motorists taking the A12 through Essex will have to wait until July for all the roadworks to be finished.

The maintenance on the section near Brentwood has been going on since December and was supposed to be completed last month.

But the Highways Agency says the work has been more complex than originally anticipated.

It is one of two such schemes to overrun on the road - the other, near Ipswich, is due to finish by May.

A12 roadworks will continue until May

Roadworks on two stretches of the A12 are going to be around longer than planned.

Resurfacing work that started in Ipswich and Brentwood in December was due to finish at the end of this month.

The Highways Agency said weather conditions and additional works had held up progress. The improvements are now due to be completed in May.

“We found the road was in a worse state of repair than originally thought, so we have had to plane out more to compensate.

"We apologise for the delay and I’d like to thank drivers for their patience while this work continues and ask drivers to take care travelling through the roadworks and adhere to the 40mph speed limit.”

– Anna Graham, Highways Agency.
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