A120 business event proves a major success

Over 130 representatives of businesses, local authorities and other organisations attended a packed meeting at the Marks Tey Hotel today to hear from the areas MPs. Led by Priti Patel who has been a vocal supporter of infrastructure investment in Essex in general and the in A120 in particular, she, Bernard Jenkin and Sir Bob Russell in turn expressed strong support for the campaign to secure a proper programme of improvements for the A120.

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Following a short video clip highlighting the benefits that such improvements could bring to the area, the meeting then heard a breakthrough announcement from Councillor Rodney L Bass, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation.

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He announced that Essex County Council would put up £5 million to kick start the consultation and design work for dualling the A120 between Marks Tey and Braintree.

The money was pledged in support of the Highways Agency's efforts to achieve design and consultation leading to preferred route status for a dual carriageway link between Braintree and the A12.

Cllr Bass said: “The A120 is an important strategic route through Essex, from the international port of Harwich through to Stansted Airport, with junctions linking it to the A12 and M11.

“The single carriageway from Marks Tey to Braintree gets heavily congested and has one of the county’s worst pinchpoints."

"Essex County Council has been lobbying for improvements to the A120, which is vital to the county’s economy."

The County Council also recently called on the Secretary of State for Transport to support their €12M (£10 million) bid to obtain money from the European Union to carry out improvements to the A120 along the whole length of this vital route from Harwich to Stansted.

The meeting culminated in a call for businesses to get behind the campaign and to write to the Secretary of State for Transport to demand action.