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'Dual the A120 now', says business leader
7:00pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
The A120 was part of an official diversion put in place by the Highways Agency after an articulated lorry overturned on the A12 near to Marks Tey in the early hours of Monday morning.
But, according to Robert Leng, President of Essex Chambers of Commerce, during that time the A120 was also at a standstill as thousands of motorists were diverted from the A12.
Mr Leng said: “Monday’s incident shows now more than ever, we are cut off from anywhere west when something like this happens.
“The case is stronger than ever for dualling the A120.
“Any such improvements to the A120 would not have solved all the traffic problems on Monday, but it would have helped the network cope.”
He added: “The A120 already has trouble coping with the usual rush hour traffic and when there is major disruption as there was, it is just not fit for purpose.”
Mr Leng also said representatives from his group plan to meet with Michael Fallon, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, later this month, to discuss the plans.
A Highways Agency spokeswoman said there are no plans to dual the A120, but added it has been asked by Government to undertake research to inform a new roads investment plan.
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