Kelvedon and Feering residents bemoan A12 closures and increase in HGV traffic

SLEEP-deprived villagers are calling for action following an increase in speeding cars and HGV movements outside their homes. Residents in Kelvedon and Feering have blamed the problems on the overnight closures of the A12, which have led to diversions along the B10124 which runs directly through the villages. This has led to an increase in the number of drivers exceeding the 30mph speed limit at night, and residents also say they are being woken by vibrations caused by passing HGVs.

One resident of London Road said: “We have had two nights of disturbed sleep due to HGV vehicles thundering along London Road from 10pm-6am. “Obviously this is essential work that requires being carried out but something needs to be done about the management and control of the diversion. “On several occasion our home was subjected to vibration so intense it actually shook the bed.

“In every instance this was caused by a large HGV speeding along the road I assume diverted from the A12.” Residents in Feering Hill and Kelvedon High Street have also experienced similar issues. District councillor Paul Thorogood says he has been contacted by a number of homeowners about the concerns and he has called on Highways England to install temporary signs to warn motorists of speed limits.

He said: “As A12 closures are already planned to continue through March, April and May with possible additional works continuing until August, I would hope Highways England could do something to mitigate the noise. “The diversions through the villages are possibly being caused by drivers unfamiliar with the area so additional signs reminding motorists of the 30mph should be put up and enforced with police speed traps. “Residents should not be expected to put up with sleepless nights and the historic buildings that line Kelvedon High Street, Feering Hill and London Road should be protected from the vibrations caused by lorries travelling at speed.”

Highways England is enforcing overnight closures along the A12 between Marks Tey and Chelmsford so it can carry out survey work. This is being done in preparation for the widening of the road to three lanes in both directions. A spokesman said: “Our priority is to carry out the A12 ground investigations and surveys in a way that will have the least impact on the environment and nearby communities.

“The official diversion route, via the A120, A131 and A130, is clearly signed and has been jointly agreed with the police and the council as most suitable for A12 traffic.

“We encourage all drivers to stick to it.

“We are working hard to keep disruption to a minimum while we complete the investigations.”

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