Millennium slip road project receives £5 million boost

£9 million boost for key routes in Essex

Key infrastructure funding was announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling last week (Thursday) offering a huge boost to the district. 

£4.95 million was pledged towards new slip roads linking the A120 to Millennium Way giving much-needed relief to the notorious pinch-point at Galleys Corner. The project will see slips roads introduced off the A120 onto Millennium Way

Cllr Lynette Bowers-Flint, Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing at Braintree District Council, said: “We’re delighted that the Department for Transport is supporting the Millennium Slip roads project with almost £5m of funding. The close partnership between us, Highways England and Essex County Council has been critical in this successful funding bid and will continue throughout the scheme design and construction. The project will address capacity issues affecting the road network around Braintree now and in the future and provide much needed congestion relief and free up capacity at Galleys Corner.” 

£4.09 million was also promised towards a £10 million scheme to upgrade Junction 8 on the M11. This key junction can often become a pinch point for commuters and holidaymakers using the M11, A120 and nearby London Stansted Airport.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader for Essex County Council, said: “This funding will give a huge boost to regional economic growth along what are key routes for so many people who travel in and around Essex. Investment in roads infrastructure is vital to regional economic growth and I am delighted the Government is recognising the importance of investing in Essex by contributing this funding to help make these essential upgrades a reality.

“This funding comes just a week after Essex County Council was named as Transport Local Authority of the Year in the National Transport Awards. It is great to see our hard work behind the scenes and with partners to build a strong case for improvements to key routes across Essex is being recognised and is resulting in clear benefits for our residents, businesses and visitors to the county.

“This funding will change the lives of thousands of people not only in Essex, but across the country.”