A Conservative MP is calling for the speed limit on a single lane stretch of the A120 near the Port of Harwich to be cut from 60 to 50mph.
Sir Bernard Jenkin, MP for Harwich and North Essex, is concerned about the safety on the road near the village of Wix where there have been several fatal crashes in the past few years.
“Accidents keep occurring on this section of the A120, and the causes of this must be addressed,” he writes on his website. “In addition to email exchanges with Highways England [sic], pressing for the 50mph limit, I met Martin Fellows, Regional Director for Highways England… and pressed the issue once again. I am hopeful that Highways England will meet on the road.
“I have also tabled a written question to the Secretary of State for Transport about safety on this road. I’m thankful to Cllr Carlo Guglielmi and Cllr Daniel Land for bringing this to my attention and their work trying to make this stretch of road safer.
“I am confident that if we all keep pressing for 50mph, we will get the speed limit that will reduce both the severity and the number of accidents.”
This stretch of the A120 is dual carriageway from the A12 at Colchester to a roundabout near the exit for the resort of Clacton, but then is single lane with roundabouts and several T-junction entry and exit points for the final ten miles to Harwich ports.
(Picture – Sir Bernard Jenkin, pictured right)