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Press Release

M25 j28 junction upgrade backed

Date: 22 August 2017

Issued by Highways England:

A proposed multi-million pound upgrade to a busy M25 junction in Essex has won support in a public consultation, Highways England has announced today.

Under the plans, junction 28 of the M25, where the motorway meets the A12 in Essex, will be reconfigured to improve traffic flow. A new two lane loop road will be created for traffic leaving the M25 for the A12, a short section of the M25 will be widened with the eastbound A12 interchange at the junction being redesigned to reduce congestion.

Over 90% of people taking part the consultation agreed that improvements were needed at the junction, with nearly half of respondents backing option 5F – more than twice as many as the other two options put together.

Highways England Project Manager Piotr Grabowiecki said:

“It’s great to see that there is clear backing for the improvements, and I would like to thank everyone who took part in our consultation. We can now move on to developing a detailed design for the upgrade. There will be another opportunity for anyone interested in the scheme to have their say early next year, when we put the plans to people for their views.”

The scheme will improve journey times through the junction and allow more capacity on the exit slip roads, reduce the incident rate and resulting disruption at the roundabout, and minimise the impact on local air quality and noise by smoothing traffic flow. There will also be less likelihood of traffic queuing back onto the M25 due to the reconfiguration of the junction.

A public consultation on the options was held from Wednesday 16 November 2016 to Friday 6 January 2017. A total of 228 responses were received during this consultation. A copy of the consultation report can be found on the Highways England website and copies of the announcement flyer are available online, as well as at a variety of locations in the local area.

An information exhibition on the designs will take place in 2018. Anyone interested in the scheme can sign up to receive updates via the project page on the Highways England website where they can also find an animated visualisation outlining the preferred route: www.highways.gov.uk/m25j28

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NOTES TO EDITORS

1.   Highways England is the wholly government-owned company responsible for modernising, maintaining and operating England’s motorways and major A roads.

2.   Maintenance and improvement projects: We plan maintenance and improvement projects carefully to allow road works to be completed safely, in a cost effective way while keeping disruption to road users to a minimum. We do as much work as possible overnight and when roads are less busy in order to keep more lanes open for road users at peak travel times.  Drivers are advised to check their route for road works and allow extra time for their journeys where needed.  We have a variety of journey planning tools that road users can use to check travel conditions on the roads we manage, and we will do all we can to keep road users informed.

3.   Safety at roadworks: Highways England is working with the industry and road users to reduce the risks of working on the roads.  For the safety of road workers and all road users, when you are approaching roadworks:

- Keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety.

- Get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching.

- Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks.

- Be alert for works’ traffic leaving or entering roadworks.

- Keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front.

- Observe all signs – they are there to help you.

- And be alert for road workers, the roads are their workplace.

4.   Real-time traffic information for England’s motorways and major A roads is available:

-      From the web at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or from a phone or mobile device at m.highways.gov.uk

-      Byphone from the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 at any time. (Calls to 03 numbers are charged at no more than a national call to an 01 or 02 number and are included in all discount schemes and call allowances. This applies to all landlines, mobiles and payphones. Call costs will vary depending on your landline or mobile supplier.) Make sure it’s safe and legal before you call. Before using any mobile, find a safe place to park. Never stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency.

-      On Apple and Android mobile devices via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

-      FromTwitter – there are eight feeds with live traffic information provided by region. For information on roads in the South East follow us at @HighwaysSEAST or for the full index visit www.highways.gov.uk/twitter.

Issued by Highways England.

For further information please contact the South East press office on 0300 470 1214. Media enquiries out of hours should be made to Highways England’s National Press Office (24hrs) on 0844 693 1448.

Media Contact: Press Office

Tel: 01277 312630

Email: press.desk@brentwood.gov.uk