A414/First Avenue roundabout junction improvement scheme

Essex County Council is developing a series of improvements in Harlow including the A414/First Avenue junction scheme. 

These improvement measures are designed to manage congestion across the town, making it a more attractive place to invest, retain existing business and to allow the town to grow and regenerate. 

Main construction began late autumn 2015 following the removal of utilities in the summer.  This scheme is expected to continue until Spring 2017 and has been designed to widen three of the four roads that meet at the roundabout to create two lanes in each direction.

About the scheme

First Avenue (B183) will be widened to two lanes in each direction between the A414 and London Road and a dedicated left turn will be created onto the A414.

First Avenue, carrying traffic from the roundabout into Harlow to the west of the First Avenue roundabout, will remain unchanged as this road is the corridor into Harlow carrying mixed local traffic including cyclists and pedestrians. A second dedicated left turn is being created from A414 southbound to B183 eastbound.

As the width of First Avenue will be increasing to four lanes, safety barriers will be provided to deter pedestrians from crossing and vehicles from stopping in unsafe locations. Primary drop off points for the school will instead be in London Road.

The First Avenue subway (used to access Marks Hall Academy) will be extended to accommodate carriageway width changes of the A414 which passes over the subway.  

Access to new homes north of this section and to the school and sports club will be maintained from the north. The pedestrian crossing on London Road near the school will remain.

Update - 15 March 2017:

The first phase of overnight works to support resurfacing of the A414/B183 First Avenue roundabout were completed earlier this month, with the second phase of works relating to resurfacing Gilden Way/London Road to follow in due course.

Please look out for the latest updates on local signage and www.roadworks.org for details.

Work continues to complete the final elements of construction, with anticipated completion Spring 2017. 

Further information: 

For more information, please email contact@essex.gov.uk or call Essex Highways on 0345 603 7631.

Additional roadworks information can also be found from the following website: www.roadworks.org

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