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UK road A120.svg
A120 road
Direction West-East
Start Puckeridge
Stansted Airport
End Harwich
Roads joined UK road A10.svg A10 road
UK road A1184.PNG A1184 road
UK road A1250.PNG A1250 road
[ M⁠11 ⁠] M11 motorway
UK road A130.PNG A130 road
UK road A131.PNG A131 road
UK road A12.svg A12 road
UK road A1232.PNG A1232 road
UK road A133.PNG A133 road
UK road A136.PNG A136 road
  1. Primary destinations as specified by the Department for Transport.
Route of the A120 from OpenStreetMap

The A120 is an important trunk road in southern England. It follows the course of Stane Street, a Roman road from Standon, Hertfordshire at its western terminus to Colchester. From Colchester the A120 leads roughly east to Harwich, on the way carrying much traffic from Stansted Airport.

The road forms part of the unsigned Euroroute E32.


Bypasses along the A120

The old A120 has been bypassed in several places, such that the old Roman road can be easily traced on a map, with the current designated A120 being less straight. From west to east, the A120's bypasses are:

  • Bishop's Stortford - the old A120 passes through the centre of town as the A1250, while the A120 now forms a semicircular bypass to the north of the town before rejoining its old course just before crossing the M11 motorway.
  • M11 to Braintree - the old A120 has been bypassed significantly in a recently finished building project which has created the new A120, a dual-carriageway road from the M11 at junction 8 all the way to the Braintree bypass. This bypass avoids the village of Takeley and the town of Great Dunmow.
    • The A120's M11 to Braintree bypass replaced a previous bypass of the A120 around Great Dunmow, which stopped traffic heading to the ports of the east coast from passing directly through the historic town centre.
  • Braintree - a dual-carriageway carries the A120 around the south of Braintree, rejoining its old route on the eastern edge of the town.
  • A few miles east of Braintree at the small town of Coggeshall, the A120 takes a large semicircular detour to the north of the town. This is a particularly large deviation, as the original route passed through the south of the town, but the land to the south is marshy and thus the northern bypass was constructed.
  • To the east of Colchester the A120 intersects the A12, and joins the route of the A12. This passes to the northwest of Colchester, before the A12 splits off and heads north-northeast, whereupon the A120 re-emerges, heading roughly east. The £22.7m eight-mile Colchester Eastern Bypass opened in June 1982.
  • The section East of Colchester was previously numbered the A604
  • At Harwich the A120 passes to the north of the town, heading straight for the cargo ports, whereas the old route can be seen on a map clearly passing through the centre of the town.

Other information

The A120 was, at one point in the Ringway scheme of London roads, going to be part of an outer ring road for London. However, the Ringway projects were scrapped, and the implications of extending the A120 to the west were too great.

The western end of the A120 terminates at the A10, which was recently upgraded such that the route from the A120 south to the M25 motorway is all dual-carriageway road (although some of this passes through Broxbourne and Cheshunt). As such, the A120 is now carrying more traffic from the M11, that wishes to avoid the heavily-congested M25.

Future Plans


M11 and A120 Stansted Generation 2 Airport Access

A joint scheme involving work to junctions on the M11 and A120, it is proposed that a new junction on the A120, replacing two existing ones, will be built to inprove access to Stansted Airport[1].

A120 Hare Green to Harwich

There are proposals to upgrade the A120 from Hare Green to Harwich which is currently a mixture of single carriageway and dual-carriageway as required by approval for the new Bathside Bay container port at Harwich International Port. Plans for consultation were put on hold in August 2009.[2]

A120 Braintree to Marks Tey

There were proposals to turn the A120 into a dual carriageway between Braintree and the junction with the A12[3]. In July 2009 the proposed improvements were 'scrapped'[4].


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