Legal challenge aims to block widening of A12

The road is regarded as an important freight connection

The planned widening of the A12 between Hatfield Peverel and Marks Tey is facing a legal challenge.
Huw Merriman, Minister of State for Transport, had granted a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the widening between junctions 20a and 25, his decision and reasons being announced on January 12.
However, a claim for a judicial review was issued in February, the claimant asking for the DCO to be quashed.
CPRE Essex was registered as an Interested Party for the DCO examination and, in addition to responding to earlier consultations on the scheme, submitted a representation to the examining authority focusing on the proposals for junction 24.
Philip Davie, National Highways project director, said: “We stand by our plans and remain confident that our proposals to improve the A12 will increase safety, reduce congestion and futureproof the road for economic growth in the East of England.
“We cannot confirm when we can start to deliver these vital improvements until the legal challenge is resolved.”

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