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A131 Chelmsford to Braintree Route Improvements

Advance Notice - 18 September 2019: Sheepcotes Roundabout works commence 23 September 2019

Sheepcotes Roundabout improvement works have been awarded to Jackson Civil Engineering.  This is the final phase in a series of works that form part of the A131 Chelmsford to Braintree route based strategy designed as a casualty reduction measures to improve safety on the A131/A130 route linking Braintree to Chelmsford, as well as supporting future economic growth.

The contractors are currently preparing their site set up ready for construction works to begin on Monday 23 September.  

We fully appreciate that this is a traffic sensitive site and their works will be planned to minimise inconvenience to the area while allowing efficient working.  Please refer to ‘Traffic Management arrangements’ below for further information about how these works might affect you.

Improvements to Sheepcotes roundabout include:

  • Providing a dedicated left turn slip from Braintree Road (A131) to Essex Regiment Way (A130) 
  • Reducing the size of the central roundabout island to allow two circulatory traffic lanes from Essex Regiment Way (A130) to Braintree Road (A131)
  • Widening the roundabout approach on Essex Regiment Way (A130) to two lanes. 

We would advise drivers to plan journeys to allow extra time during the construction period and to take care when passing through the area as traffic management will be altered according to the activities being carried out.

Highway Schemes Homepage

Works Location -                      Sheepcotes Roundabout

 

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Sheepcotes Roundabout

Plan of route improvements

About the scheme

Essex County Council has secured £7.3 million to undertake a series of improvements to the A131 (Braintree Road) and A130 (Essex Regiment Way) which is a key strategic route linking Braintree in the north of the county to Chelmsford.  £3.6 million of the funding is being provided by the Government's Local Growth fund via the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.

The plans support future economic growth of the area, while implementing casualty reduction and safety measures.   Roundabout and bus lane improvements are designed to enhance network capacity as well as extend the existing bus lane routes to support public transport including Park and Ride.

The work will be undertaken in phases over a period of approximately 3 years. Dates provided may be subject to change as the project develops.


Proposed Sheepcotes Roundabout improvements 

  • To provide a dedicated left turn slip from Braintree Road (A131) to Essex Regiment Way (A130).
  • Reduce the size of the central roundabout island to allow two circulatory traffic lanes from Essex Regiment Way (A130) to Braintree Road (A131).
  • Widen the roundabout approach on Essex Regiment Way (A130) to two lanes.


Essex Regiment Way bus lane extension (works complete)

  • Extend the existing bus lane provision from Pratts Farm roundabout (location of Chelmer Valley Park and Ride) to Nabbotts Farm Roundabout. 


Deres Bridge Roundabout casualty reduction improvements (works complete)

  • Resurface roundabout and install new road markings to improve driver discipline
  • Widen the entry and exit lanes on Braintree Road (A131) southern approach to Deres Bridge Roundabout to provide two lanes in each direction.


Nabbotts Roundabout improvements (works complete)

  • Extension of current bus lane on Chelmer Valley Road (A1016) from Lawn Lane outbound, to Nabbotts Roundabout. 
  • Reduce the size of the central roundabout island to allow two circulatory traffic lanes from White Hart Lane (A130) to Essex Regiment Way (A130)



When will the work take place on Sheepcotes Roundabout?

Works are expected to start to improve Sheepcotes Roundabout on Monday 23 September 2019.   Please refer to the traffic management arrangements below.

Preparations are being made by the contractor to set up the site ready for construction works to begin.  

The construction period is anticipated to complete spring 2020. Please note that programmed dates are approximate and may be subject to change if the work is affected by poor weather or if unexpected issues arise.


How will this affect you?

Traffic Management arrangements from 23 September 2019:

Advance warning notices and appropriate traffic management will be in place during the works and adjusted according to the various operations being carried out to ensure the safety of the public and the workforce.  It is therefore advised that road users always check onsite signage throughout the construction period.

Daytime works:

We anticipate for the first seven weeks of the works, daytime traffic management will consist of carriageway lane reductions on roundabout approaches and the inner ring of Sheepcotes Roundabout. Two way running lanes will be maintained on the approaches whilst there will be a single traffic lane around the roundabout. 

Night works:

Up until the end of November 2019 we anticipate that four way temporary traffic lights will be required on the roundabout overnight (between the hours of 8pm and 6am) Monday to Friday. Traffic light locations will be adjusted as work progresses.

Please note that a limited number of temporary, full road closures will be required at different stages of the work and will be communicated in advance.

As the programme of work develops, further details will be provided on this webpage, and displayed in advance on site signage.

We would encourage all road users to plan journeys, allowing extra time during the construction period and take extra care when passing through the area as traffic management will be altered according to the activities being carried out.  

While efforts will be made to keep traffic congestion to a minimum throughout the works it is recognised that this is a traffic sensitive area and there is likely to be some disruption to normal traffic flows. 


Further information

A plan of the route improvements is available in the document section below.

We aim to keep residents informed of progress by providing updates to this webpage including details regarding traffic arrangements such as temporary closures, displaying local signage and updating our twitter feed @essexhighways.  

You can also visit www.roadworks.org to view other works in the area.