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A133 Colchester to Clacton route improvements

Works Location - Frating Roundabout


Works Location - Weeley Roundabout




Frating Roundabout 


Weeley Roundabout 


Scheme Plans 



About the scheme

The A133 is the key route providing access from Colchester to the seaside resort of Clacton–on–Sea, and allowing access from the district of Tendring into Colchester. Essex County Council and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership have made £3.25m available to fund improvements.  These are designed to support economic growth and provide safety improvements to the route, they will also increase journey time reliability through highway capacity improvements for motorists and improved passenger transport facilities.

Improvements include:

  • Frating Roundabout - Introduce left-turn slip from A133 (A120 Spur) to A133 (east) and modify roundabout and approaches to increase capacity.
  • Weeley Roundabout - Widen northbound approach, road marking and signage improvements
  • Safety Improvements - Local carriageway widening and junction improvements on A133 Colchester Road between Frating Roundabout and Weeley Roundabout to reduce congestion and address existing road safety issues.

When will the work take place?

Main construction works at Weeley and Frating Roundabouts started 25 November 2019 and will be undertaken in a phased approach.  The works are due to be complete in Spring 2020.

Jacksons Civil Engineering have been appointed as a contractor responsible for carrying out these works and will be carrying out surveys and preparing their site set up ready for construction works to begin.

We appreciate that this is a traffic sensitive site and the works will be planned to minimise inconvenience to the area while allowing effective working, however we would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience these works may cause.

Please note that details may be subject to change if the works are hindered by poor weather conditions, or if unexpected issues arise.


How will this affect you?

Throughout the various phases of the scheme temporary traffic management will be necessary and lane restrictions will be in place to support the works. 

Overnight closures may be required at different stages and locations along the route however these will be limited and advertised in advance on site signage as well as this webpage.  Residents and businesses directly affected by the works will be contacted separately.

While efforts will be made to keep traffic congestion to a minimum throughout these improvements, it is recognised that works will be undertaken in traffic sensitive areas and normal traffic flows will be disrupted. We would encourage all drivers to allow extra time for their journeys and observe all traffic management and signage in place.

To view information about other works in your area please visit: one.network.


Further information

Updates will be available via this webpage including details regarding traffic arrangements such as temporary closures, displaying local signage and updating our twitter feed @essexhighways.