A133 Colchester to Clacton Route Improvements

About the scheme

The A133 is the key route providing access from Colchester to the seaside resort of Clacton–on–Sea, and allowing access from the district of Tendring into Colchester.

Essex County Council and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership have made £5.43m available to fund improvements.  These are designed to support economic growth as well as providing safety improvements to the route, increasing journey time reliability through highway capacity improvements for motorists and improved passenger transport facilities, as well as improving signage and reviewing the cycling provision along the route.

Proposals include:

  • Bromley Road Junction Improvements – Widen to two lane approach from Colchester and providing a pedestrian crossing phase at this junction.
  • Safety Improvements – Implement variety of safety improvements between Frating roundabout and Progress Way roundabout.
  • Frating Roundabout – Introduce left-turn slip from A133 (A120 Spur) to A133 (east) and modify roundabout and approaches to increase capacity.
  • Weeley Roundabout – Widen northbound approach, road marking and signage improvements.
  • Signage – Various improvements along the route.
  • Cycling – review existing cycling provision and consider plans for improvement.

When will the work take place?

Some advance, preparatory works will be necessary from June 2018.  These works are likely to require lane restrictions which will temporarily reduce traffic flows.

Overnight works are planned at the following locations to support drainage surveys:

B1033/A133 Weeley Roundabout: Tuesday 12 June to Friday 15 June, 4 nights (7pm to 6.30am)

A133 Frating Roundabout: Monday 18 June to Friday 22 June, 5 nights (7pm to 6.30am)

Main construction is anticipated to begin winter 2018 and will be undertaken in a phased approach over a period of approximately 2 years.

Please note that we are at an early stage of planning the work and therefore dates are indicative and may be subject to change.   This web page will be updated as the programme progresses and details become available.

How will this affect you?

Throughout the various phases of the scheme temporary traffic management will be necessary and lane restrictions will be in place to support the works.

Overnight closures may be required at different stages and locations along the route however these will be limited and advertised in advance on site signage as well as this webpage.  Residents and businesses directly affected by the works will be contacted separately.

While efforts will be made to keep traffic congestion to a minimum throughout these improvements, it is recognised that works will be undertaken in traffic sensitive areas and normal traffic flows will be disrupted.

To view information about other works in your area please visit: www.roadworks.org.

Further information:

Updates will be available via this webpage including details regarding traffic arrangements such as temporary closures, displaying local signage and updating our twitter feed @essexhighways.