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Get your motor running and head out on the Essex highway

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With the government having announced in the budget that it was pumping billions of pounds into transport infrastructure, what can we in Essex expect to see coming forward in the future? We already know that plans are in place - and money provided – for the widening of the A12. It can only be hoped that money will also be found to improve the junctions along the A12, otherwise the improved road will still have access issues .

The A12 is , of course, an essential artery for Essex businesses and residents, but works are also needed to improve capacity and flows along the A127 and A13 , improvements to the A120 - how much longer can it remain as a single carriageway from Braintree to Marks Tey ? – improvements to the A133 between Frating and Weeley , better links eastwards from the A12 into Maldon and the Dengie peninsular, junction improvements to the M11 around Harlow and , of course, the much needed four tracking of the West Anglia Mainline and improvements to the East Anglia Mainline as part of the ambition to get from London to Norwich in 90 minutes . All of these works are needed to improve the connectivity within Essex and out to our neighbours, and make our infrastructure fit for purpose in the 21st Century.

Considerable effort is being put into lobbying for funding for all of these projects – and more - and it is to be hoped that announcements of successful bids will be forthcoming soon, so that all in Essex – residents and businesses alike - can drive off into the sunset happy .