Highways England will begin a public consultation on the potential widening of the A12 from Chelmsford to A120 outside Colchester, which will improve journeys between Junction 19 (Boreham interchange) and Junction 25 (Marks Tey interchange).

Whilst the A12 does not pass through the Maldon constituency, it is important route for many constituents, who use the road to travel to and from the area.

The proposed changes to this stretch of the A12 road will improve the safety of road users; reduce congestion by increasing the capacity of the road; take long-distance traffic off local roads and put it back onto the A12; ensure that the road can cope with the predicted increase in traffic from more jobs and homes in the area; and make improvements for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and public transport users.  
The statutory public consultation will run from Tuesday 22 June 2021 until Monday 16 August 2021 and Mr Whittingdale strongly encourage anyone who is interested in the proposed scheme to take part.

One of the best ways to find out more about the proposed scheme is to visit Highways England’s virtual exhibition which will be available online from Tuesday 22 June 2021 at http://www.highwaysengland.co.uk/A12

There will also be live online events where technical experts will talk through the proposals and answer any questions. Highways England will host the webinars on the following dates:
  • Tuesday 6 July 2pm – 4pm – existing Junction 23 (Kelvedon South Interchange) to Junction 25 (Marks Tey Interchange) 
  • Wednesday 4 August 6pm – 8pm – Junction 19 (Boreham Interchange) to 21 (between Hatfield Peverel and Witham) 
  • Monday 9 August 10am – 12pm – Junction 21 (between Hatfield Peverel and Witham) to existing Junction 23 (Kelvedon South Interchange) 
  • Thursday 12 August 6pm – 8pm – existing Junction 23 (Kelvedon South Interchange) to Junction 25 (Marks Tey Interchange) 
If you would like to attend of the above webinars, please sign up on Highways England’s website at www.highwaysengland.co.uk/A12.

Members of the public are strongly encouraged to respond to the consultation by completing an online response form at www.highwaysengland.co.uk/A12. Or by emailing your consultation response to A12chelmsfordA120wide@highwaysengland.co.uk. All responses must be submitted by 11:59pm on Monday 16 August 2021

You can get in touch with Highways England to ask a question about the scheme or if you require any  help accessing the virtual exhibition by emailing A12chelmsfordA120wide@highwaysengland.co.uk or by calling 0300 123 5000.