Councillors have backed calls for the A120 through Tendring to be upgraded to a dual carriageway.
Members of Tendring District Council (TDC) unanimously voted through a motion at full council this week (Tuesday, July 3) setting out the importance of the works as a matter of urgency.
The motion calls on Essex County Council as Highways Authority to lobby get the works included in the Government’s next road funding cycle, RIS2, which will be announced next year.
It also pledges the council to gather support from MPs, stakeholders and the wider community for the scheme.
Currently the A120 is single carriageway from Hare Green to Harwich, despite being a route of international significance linking Harwich International Port – a national resilience port – to Stansted Airport.
The section from Horsley Cross to Harwich in particular is of poor standard, and Highways England has confirmed the road is reaching the end of its life.
However TDC does not want to see the road simply renewed, but to take the opportunity to upgrade the A120 to a dual carriageway – opening up economic growth in the process.
Neil Stock, TDC Leader, welcomed the cross-party support the motion received.
“If we are to be successful in achieving our goal of a dual carriageway A120 right through Tendring, then we must work together and be united,” he said.
“Government will not put money into a scheme if it sees political differences as a potential barrier to the project being successfully carried out – what we need to show them is that this is a sensible investment.
“Upgrading the A120 not only improves a road used by Tendring residents, but is the key to unlocking future growth at Harwich ports, right along the A120 corridor, and for UK PLC as a whole.”