A120 Hare Green Junction improvement

Construction of a new roundabout at Harwich Road and closure of the centre reserve gaps at Pellens Corner on the A120.

Region:  East
Start date:  September 2017
Cost:  TBC
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Improvement Scheme
End date:  June 2019

Progress report

All four arms of the new roundabout are fully open to traffic. We are now working to permanently close the central reserve gaps at Park Road and Little Bromley Road and Bentley Road. These will be left-in, left-out only junctions.

There is temporary traffic management on the A120 east and west bound. To keep our workers and the public safe, there is also a temporary 40mph speed throughout the site.

What's next?

We will resurface the A120 and install new lighting, signs, road markings and reflective studs. This work will be carried out within overnight closures of the A120 for the safety of road users and workers. Signed diversion routes will be in place.

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We will also be carrying out landscaping work.

All work is expected to be completed by the end of June 2019.


Date Event
June to November 2017 Preliminary works
December 2017 Main construction
December 2018 Partial opening of new roundabout to one lane of westbound traffic
May 2019 All arms of new roundabout open to traffic including access from Harwich Road onto the A120
June 2019 A120 Pellens Corner (Little Bromley Road junction) central reserve gap closure complete
Late June 2019 New roundabout fully open and scheme complete

Why we need this scheme

We are developing a scheme to improve safety on the A120 junctions at Harwich Road, Park Road and Pellens Corner for local residents, road users and motorists.

We are building a new roundabout at Harwich Road and closing the central reserve gaps to prevent drivers making right-turn manoeuvres on the A120. This will improve safety. In the past 5 years there have been 23 recorded collisions at Harwich Road junction causing 52 casualties, 3 of which were fatal. There were a further 12 reported collisions at Pellens Corner junction causing 19 casualties. The majority of collisions have involved right hand turn manoeuvres to or from side roads. Our scheme will improve safety along the route.


Drivers, business owners and local residents will benefit from this safety improvement. The scheme aims to reduce the number of incidents on the A120 between Harwich Road and Pellens Corner, reducing collisions, injuries and any subsequent traffic delays. New lighting will also increase safety in the area for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians along access routes.

The scheme in detail

In March 2012 we changed the layout of the junctions and reduced the dual carriageway to a single lane in each direction. This was to address safety concerns. Following a safety audit, we concluded that further safety measures were required.

The most effective measure is to close the gaps in the central reservation. However, we recognised that this could have an adverse effect on the local community. Having considered a number of long term solution, we are building a new two lane roundabout at Harwich Road and closing the gaps in the central reservation at Pellens Corner. This solution will benefit pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders in the region.

This scheme will help us realise our vision of improving road safety across England’s highways.

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