Plans for A12 widening

National Highways’ application for permission to upgrade the A12 between Chelmsford and Colchester, Essex have been accepted by the Planning Inspectorate.

A 15 mile section of the A12 between junctions 19 and 25 is to be widened from two-lanes to carry three lanes in both directions.

Two major bypasses are also to be built one at Rivenhall End and a second between Kelvedon North to the Marks Tey Interchange (junctions 24-25) subject to approval of the plans.

The plans will be examined for six months by the Planning Inspectorate before recommendation to the secretary of state for transport is made.

The scale of the work will have the effect of transforming one of the busiest links in the east of England, saving those who work and live in and around Essex a great amount of time. Traffic, including heavy goods, are becoming a hazard in and around local villages and this scheme will direct traffic away from them to the A12.