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 […]

Essex fire crews ‘bracing themselves for a rise in electric car fires’

Essex Fire and Rescue Service is focusing on one area of “top-up” training for its crews. In recent years, this has included sessions on firefighting at height and managing hazardous materials. This year, a new course is being introduced on how to deal with electric vehicle fires. Station manager Terry Maher has recently taken on […]

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 […]

Police collaborate on abnormal load movement

Seven police forces in the East have teamed up with the Metropolitan Police in an effort to coordinate the movement of abnormal loads through their counties, and to the edge of the capital, making it easier for hauliers to plan their journey movements outside of embargoed times. The borders between the forces, Essex, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, […]

Latest plans for Chelmsford’s Army and Navy roundabout revealed

Essex County Council has shared an image of final plans to transform the Army and Navy junction in Chelmsford. The proposed Army and Navy Sustainable Transport Package includes a hamburger roundabout, bus priority measures and walking and cycling improvements. The current roundabout is traffic signal-controlled. It previously had a single-lane tidal-flow flyover which was shut […]

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 […]

A12 improvement in Essex moves a step forward

National Highways says “transformative” plans to radically improve the A12 between Chelmsford and Colchester have moved a step closer following the end of the six-month examination period. The evidence gathered – which has come from a variety of interested parties including the public and local authorities – will now be considered by the Examining Authority […]

Essex Police investigating video of woman moving cones on A12

Essex Police have announced they are investigating a driver who was witnessed illegally moving cones from a sectioned off area of the A12 near Colchester.  In a statement, the force says it believes the incident occurred on the northbound carriageway close to the Marks Tey junction on Tuesday 18 April at around 1.30pm. Highways News […]

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 […]


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