Delayed A12 reconstruction work “£10m over budget”

A major reconstruction scheme on the A12 is running £10m over budget, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed. National Highways estimated it would have cost £75m by the time it finished work on the Margaretting bypass in Essex. The FOI, submitted by the BBC, also showed the project was due to be completed […]

Suffolk: A12 has UK’s worst surface

The A12 has ranked as having the worst surface quality in the UK last year according to a survey. Transport Focus’ Strategic Roads User Survey for 2022/23 found that the A12, which stretches from Lowestoft in east Suffolk all the way to London, is considered to have the worst surface quality out of all major A roads and motorways […]

A12 closure to cause Chelmsford ‘chaos’

Huge resurfacing works are taking place on the A12 in Essex this weekend with potential delays expected for motorists. Drivers are urged to plan ahead and allow for extra travel time for journeys on the A12 this weekend as National Highways work to resurface the road continues near Chelmsford, says Essex Live. As part of […]

£1.2 billion A12 widening project faces legal challenge

A long-awaited plan to widen the A12 in Essex could be delayed ‘for years’ following a legal challenge made to the government. The scheme, which was given planning permission in January this year, involves the widening of the A12 between Chelmsford (junction 19) and the A120 (junction 25) from two to three lanes in each […]

A12 widening scheme approved

National Highways has been granted a Development Consent Order to widen the A12 to three lanes between junction 19 north of Chelmsford to the A120 intersection at junction 25 just south of Colchester. It says the granting of the DCO marks a significant step towards the future delivery of the “important road project”, which is […]

National Highways announces delay in A12 roadworks completion

The replacement of the carriageway on the A12 in North Essex is going to take longer than first planned, with National Highways saying the scheme will not be finished before next summer. The rebuilding of the road between Marks Tey and Stanway on the outskirts of Colchester has, according to National Highways, faced “unexpected challenges” […]

National Highways plans more A12 closures for road rebuilding

National Highways has announced it is continuing work to break the old concrete road foundations between junction 25 and junction 26 of the A12 near Colchester in Essex. It says it’ll also be digging out the old concrete road foundations and surfacing the A12 northbound carriageway between the junction 25 exit and entry slip roads. […]

Police chief promises to support National Highways at A12 roadworks

The Chief Constable of Essex Police has pledged his officers’ support to keep the A12 flowing while roadworks continue. National Highways began reconstructing the major route between Marks Tey and Stanway near Colchester last October with a contraflow and 50 mph limit. However there have been several accidents while the works have taken place. Chief […]

Watch – video of woman moving roadworks cones goes viral

A video of a woman trying to drive through roadworks swap lanes in a queue of traffic on the A12 near Colchester in Essex is doing the rounds on social media. The footage was taken on the northbound carriageway at the Marks Tey intersection. It shows the woman in a traffic jam get out of […]

Essex questions A12 widening plans

Council leaders in Essex have written to the head of National Highways to express what they call significant concerns about proposals for two sections of the A12 which are planned to be detrunked and transferred to Council control. The leaders of Essex County Council, Braintree District Council and Colchester City Council said the plans for […]


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