A map detailing nine possible options for a new stretch of the A120 has been released ahead of a public consultation in the New Year.

The options – which run from Braintree to the A12 near Colchester – are being unveiled to make sure residents are aware of the important study to improve the vital road link and the public consultation on route options next year.

The nine options, which have been distilled from numerous alternatives that have been considered, represent the current thinking and may be refined before the consultation goes live in mid-January 2017.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Partnerships, said: “A modern A120 will not only help journey times, it will also help grow local businesses not just in Essex but across East Anglia.

“It is vital we get this right so we can continue to grow the local economy and prove Essex means business.

“We are reliant on the public to get behind our vision and join in the consultation to share their views for the future of Essex and the wider road network.”

Cllr Rodney L Bass, Chairman of the A120 Board, said: “It is a simple fact that the A120 between Braintree and Colchester is not fit for purpose.

“Upgrades to this road are long overdue and we are keen to get views from residents and business on how best to do this.

“We have spent almost a year working up route options for a public consultation and wanted to share the most up-to-date results to get everyone motivated to take part in early 2017.

“It is vital that residents and businesses from across Essex and East Anglia engage in this consultation in January to help create a modern road that is fit for purpose.”

Find out more about the upcoming consultation by visiting www.a120essex.co.uk.