A government minister says he understands the economic importance of making improvements to the A120.

Witham MP Priti Patel met with roads minister Stephen Hammond at Department for Transport headquarters in London on Tuesday.

The pair discussed the campaign for vital upgrades to the road, which would improve safety and reduce congestion.

Speaking after the meeting, Ms Patel said: “The A120 is a vital economic link for businesses in my constituency and throughout Essex but the single carriageway stretch between Marks Tey and Braintree is heavily congested and recognised as being one of the country’s ten most dangerous roads.

“It has long been recognised that this road needs improving and businesses and local residents have been waiting for progress to be made.

“I was pleased to have a constructive meeting with the Minister, who recognises that the road needs changes and listened carefully to the case I made for investment in the A120.

“I will continue to press for the improvements this road needs as the prosperity of north Essex depends on it becoming fit for purpose.”

Mr Hammond said: “I recognise the importance of the A120 and the potential economic benefits to be gained from improving the route.

“Local partners have done an excellent job in putting together the case for future investment and we will be working closely with them, the Highways Agency and potential private sector developers to consider the details of possible future investments.”