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A130 Bypass, Essex

CountyRoute, a wholly owned subsidiary of John Laing, was chosen by Essex County Council in October 1999 as their service provider for the new A130. John Laing’s roles include raising the finance required for the construction and operation of the road, to procure and manage the contractors and to oversee the maintenance of the road over the 30-year concession.


The A130 was the first local authority road to be built using PFI, with new investment totalling £100 million. Built in two sections, the project consists of: 14km of dual 2-lane carriageway, a grade separated interchange and 19 structures.

The Northern Section (Chelmsford to the A132 Rettendon Turnpike) was opened to traffic in January 2002 and the Southern Section was opened in February 2003. The new road provides much-needed relief to the villages along the old A130, one of the busiest single carriageway roads in Europe and links East Anglia with South East Essex.

The new bypass will aid regeneration in South East Essex and will improve the quality of life of local residents, easing congestion and reducing accidents on county roads in the area which have suffered from heavy traffic for many years.

The design and construction was carried out working together with local Parish Councils, landowners, residents, Essex County Council and other interested parties. The new link reduces delays, provides reliable journey times and has been specifically designed to minimise long-term maintenance. The road has also been heavily landscaped to reduce noise and its visual impact on local communities.

During its development the A130 scheme won widespread support from the business community in Essex.

Ongoing activity

The A130 is operated and maintained in accordance with national TRMM standardsand the project-specific requirements of the DBFO contract. Many of these contractually defined performance deliver conditions which are better than those of many similar class roads nationally and this, coupled with the high quality of both planned and reactive maintenance, ensures that road users experience minimum disruption time to their journeys, benefiting Essex County Council through a reduction in the volume of user complaints and enquiries.

A130 Bypass, Essex