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February 2014

A120 Galleys Corner Roundabout – advance notice of improvement works

Last year the Government announced funding for a package of highway schemes designed to reduce congestion on the strategic road network under the ‘Pinch Point’ programme. This included £650,000 funding for works to improve the A120 Galleys Corner Roundabout on the A120 South of Braintree. I am pleased to report that this work, undertaken by Skanska on behalf of the Highways Agency, is due to start next month.

Overnight work to widen the roundabout to help improve traffic flows plus street lighting replacement is set to start on 2 February 2014 for 39 nights, finishing mid-March, weather permitting.

Working hours will be 8pm to 6am for all shifts. The majority of works will take place using single lane closures with a 50mph speed limit in place and side road access restrictions onto the A120 from Long Green and the B1018 involving a signed diversion. The Highways Agency have worked closely with Essex County Council to plan suitable timing of these works and inform organisations in advance of its start.

As the scheme progresses, there will be a requirement on some overnight shifts for full A120 eastbound and westbound closure and diversion between Panners Interchange and Marks Farm roundabout. For three weekends, single lane closures will be in place daytime Saturday and Sunday around the junction for safety reasons which is likely to affect daytime traffic through the area.

The Highways Agency apologises for the disruption caused locally during February and March while these works take place. The improvement measures are intended to increase capacity around the roundabout, to help reduce congestion on the A120 westbound approach to the junction.


If you have any further questions about this or any other works by the Highways Agency or its contractors, please contact the Highways Agency Information Line (HAIL) on 0300 123 5000 or e-mail: This number operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is the best way for customers to contact the Highways Agency.

Peter Smith

Head of Economic Development and Regeneration

Braintree District Council | Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree, CM7 9HB

01376 552525 Ext. 2580 | |

Flooding responsibilities

Who is responsible for what?

Local councils do not have a legal obligation to store and provide the public with sandbags. If your property is susceptible to flooding you should be prepared to protect your property using a variety of flood protection products. Advice and guidance on many types of flood protection products can be found at National Flood Forum.

In a flood situation the emergency services, local authorities and utility services will try to help where they can, but ultimately the responsibility to protect a property against flooding lies with the owner.

Emergency Contacts

Environment Agency: 08708 506 506
Contact the agency if the flood water is derived from a river.

Essex Fire & Rescue: 999
If you feel your property or your life is at eminent risk from flood water

Essex County Council Highways: 0845 603 7631
If flood water is emanating from a block road gully or from surface water run-off from a road or a field.

Essex County Council Flood and Water Management: 01245 433 181
To report a flooding incident (when it’s safe to do so).

Anglian Water: 08457 145 145
Flood water surcharging (overflowing) from a man-hole.

Essex Police: 101
A flooded road that requires an emergency road closure.

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