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A131 Chelmsford to Braintree Route Improvements

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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 started Monday 23 September 2019 to improve Sheepcotes Roundabout.   Please refer to the traffic management arrangements below.

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?


Christmas arrangements:

Site operatives will be pausing for the Christmas break from 3pm on 20 December, returning to site on Monday 6 January 2020. During this time, traffic management will consist of narrow two-way traffic lanes on each approach to the roundabout, as per the daytime configuration.  Please continue to take care when travelling in the area.

New Year traffic management:

When operatives return 6 January 2020, construction works will continue over 24 hours a day.  

Night time works will continue until the end of January 2020 supported by four-way traffic lights to manage traffic flows in the area.  Traffic light locations will be adjusted as work progresses to allow access to different areas of the worksite.

Later in the scheme a limited number of overnight road closures will be needed to support road reconstruction and resurfacing works.  Details will be confirmed when information becomes available as work progresses.

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.