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A120 to A133 Link Road and Rapid Transit System


Earlier this year Essex County Council successfully bid for funding to help support planned housing growth across the county.

Essex’s bids total more than £500 million and cover vital transport infrastructure improvements across Essex.

To enable Essex County Council to support sustainable planned growth, it is necessary to provide improved transport infrastructure to support the additional traffic flows and to enhance the connectivity of future developments.

In August 2019 it was announced that the A120/A133 Link Road and Rapid Transit System (RTS) scheme had been successful in securing funding.

Our Proposal

We are proposing:

Linking the A120 and A133 with a new road will unlock land to provide housing and business space, improving connectivity locally and within the wider region. It will serve a new Park and Choose site and manage traffic congestion going to Colchester Town Centre, the University of Essex and its Knowledge Gateway Technology and Research Park.

A Rapid Transit System that will prioritise public transport on a key route through Colchester. It will enable housing and business growth, allowing new and existing residents to benefit from frequent, high-quality, reliable transport connecting to the key destinations within the town. These types of system have proved successful in other towns and cities, helping create a shift away from car travel. A recently implemented example of this is the Belfast Rapid Transit Glider.

The system will service a new Park and Choose site on the proposed new community east of Colchester and help to better connect future growth areas with the rest of the town.

Need for the scheme

Investing in infrastructure in North Essex will enable future sustainable growth and greater connectivity within Essex and beyond.

  • Significant levels of housing growth in the area
  • Increase in employment opportunities
  • Congestion, Connectivity and Commuting
  • Transformational modal shift

How do I get involved?

Complete the Online Consultation 

Email: LinkRoadandRapidTransit@EssexHighways.org


You have until 11:59pm on 16 December to reply to this consultation via one of the official channels above.

There is no guarantee that any responses after this date will be considered. If they are they will be labelled as late responses.

What is happening next?

Bid announced – August 2019

Public Consultation – Autumn 2019

Planning Application – Autumn 2020

Construction Start – Target 2022

Project completion – Target 2024


Below is a list of drop in public information events taking place over the six week consultation period. The A120/A133 Link Road and Rapid Transit System project team will be at these events to answer your questions and take you through the scheme. 

Venue Address Date Time
Wivenhoe House  University of Essex Colchester Campus, Park Rd, Wivenhoe, Colchester CO4 3SQ Tuesday 12 November 2019 


Greenstead Community Centre  Hawthorn Ave, Colchester CO4 3QE  Friday 15 November 

1pm - 6pm

St John’s Church and Community Centre  St John’s Church, St John’s Cl, Colchester CO4 0HP  Thursday 21 November 

1pm - 8pm

Colchester Community Stadium  United Way, Colchester CO4 5UP Saturday 23 November 

10am - 5pm

Wivenhoe House  University of Essex Colchester Campus, Park Rd, Wivenhoe, Colchester CO4 3SQ  Monday 25 November

  1pm - 8pm

 Wivenhoe William Loveless Hall 

High St, Wivenhoe, Colchester CO7 9AB  Tuesday 03 December

11.30am - 6pm

 Colchester Community Stadium 

United Way, Colchester CO4 5UP 

Monday 09 December   

    1pm - 8pm

Consultation Document

The consultation and supporting documents are large files some of which contain detailed maps. These document range from 1MB to 10MB in size. The documents will be available to view at the events listed above.

Supporting Documents