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Plans to ease congestion on A12 in Ipswich

The stretch of the A12 at Martlesham Heath is one of the busiest along the entire length of the road. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Plans to install new traffic lights on the A12 in Ipswich have been announced ahead of a major development to reduce congestion.

Two thousand new homes are due to be built around Adastral Park at Martlesham Heath.

It's hoped a new traffic light junction between the BT and Foxhall roundabouts will help cope with thousands of more vehicles.

Major road closed in Essex after reports of injured woman on A12

A roadblocks been put in place. Credit: Google maps.

A part of the A12 in Essex has been closed as Essex Police deal with an injured woman on the carriageway.

Officers were called at 3.30pm to reports of a person on the road at Margeretting.

A roadblock has been put in place on the London-bound carriageway with traffic being diverted off at junction 15 for Harlow/Chelmsford. On the north-bound carriageway a rolling roadblock is in place.

Police are asking people to avoid the area.

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Police confirm lorry driver died in A12 crash

The crash scene on the A12. Credit: Joe McCallum

Police have confirmed the driver of a lorry which crashed off a bridge and onto the A12 below has died.

The lorry burst into flames after landing on the southbound carriageway, near Witham, just before 3.45pm on Wednesday.

Essex Police said a man in his 30s was pronounced dead by paramedics shortly after the crash and his next-of-kin has been informed.

The road is likely to remain closed, southbound, between Marks Tey and Boreham until lunchtime Thursday.

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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