Residents have been reassured that upgrades to the A120 between Braintree and the A12 will not come down to simply being a ‘popularity contest’.
Essex County Council Deputy Leader, Kevin Bentley, has pledged to create “an A120 that works for everyone” as further insights were released from a public consultation.
The Council launched an eight-week consultation in January on five potential route options for an upgrade to the current single carriageway A120 between Braintree and the A12.
2,795 people responded to the consultation and the Council is still analysing in-depth feedback before it gives a recommendation for a preferred route option in the autumn.
But it revealed:
•Option C and Option E are the most popular first choices for 29% and 27% of respondents respectively.
•These were followed by Option A (17%), Option D (14%) and Option B (13%).
•82% of people agreed that the A12 between Braintree and the A12 needed to be completely upgraded to a dual carriageway
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader at Essex County Council, said: “More than four out of five people believe an upgrade is needed to the A120 and that is why we are now building a water-tight case for funding to build an improved A120.
“As you can see from the raw data, there’s no clear standout route everyone agrees on as a first choice but this consultation was never supposed to be merely a popularity contest.
“We are digging into the detail of the consultation responses at the minute to help us determine a route option that is not only works for our residents, but delivers the best economic contribution for our businesses and those who use the A120 on a daily basis while of course paying close attention to the environmental impacts.
“It is vital we get this right and that is why we are unlikely to be recommend a favoured route option, or options, to the Government until the autumn.
“This is a marathon, not a sprint, and I intend to work tirelessly with our partners over the coming months to help lay the ground work for an A120 that works for everyone.”