A414 Edinburgh Way/Cambridge Road junction improvement scheme

Latest News - 12 June 2018: A414 Edinburgh Way - Latest progress & forthcoming closures

Utility works progress to support future carriageway widening on north and south of Edinburgh Way:

During overnight road closures in April, two trenches were excavated across East Road and ducts laid to accommodate utility company services. Similar works were also completed across the A414 close to Harlow Mill roundabout as well as a number of unnamed access roads.

Since then the main developments have been the excavation of trenches on the south side of Edinburgh Way, working in an easterly direction from River Way roundabout to allow the relocation of utility services such as water, gas, street lighting and communication cables from the verges.   As a result, a number of footways have been closed, fencing installed and temporary routes and crossing points put into place for the safety of the public and the workforce.  Routes will continue to change to reflect the changing work programme as work continues.

Works are continuing on the north side of Edinburgh Way to complete the utility diversions.  These will be followed by drainage works in due course which are required in advance of the carriageway being widened.


Planned overnight closures - June and July 2018: 

Three weeks of overnight road closures are needed on Edinburgh Way from Cambridge Road (Harlow Mill) roundabout to River Way roundabout as follows.  

Nightly closure information:

Week 1: Monday 25 June to Friday 29 June 2018, 8pm to 6am (reopening 6am Saturday)

Week 2: Monday 2 July to Friday 6 July 2018, 8pm to 6am (reopening 6am Saturday)

Week 3: Monday 9 July to Friday 13 July 2018, 8pm to 6am (reopening 6am Saturday)

Access to East Road will be via Central Road and South Road during the closure as no access will be possible via A414 Edinburgh Way.

Roads served only by the closed section of Edinburgh Way (such as Temple Fields) will have restricted access during these closures. On site staff will endeavour support access although some delays may be experienced.

Activities will include the removal of road surfacing and excavation of trenches across Edinburgh Way to accommodate drainage pipes, ducts for street lighting cables and for traffic signal cables. This will be followed by resurfacing of the trenches.

Please refer to the diversion information for Edinburgh Way included in the Document section below.


About the scheme:

Essex County Council is developing a series of improvements in Harlow and funding has been secured to improve the A414 Edinburgh Way/Cambridge Road Roundabout.

Main works include:
  • Dual carriageway for Edinburgh Way between Cambridge Road and River Way Roundabouts. 
  • Upgrade of the A414 Cambridge Road Roundabout. 
  • Improve traffic signals at the East Road junction with Edinburgh Way, maintaining a crossing point on the A414 for pedestrians and cyclists. 
  • With the exception of East Road, vehicles that access premises on Edinburgh Way will be prohibited from turning right due to the new central reservation.  Vehicles at the East Road junction will be able to turn in both directions at the traffic signals on completion of works. 


The improvement scheme is part of a £15 million investment in the Harlow road network, to manage congestion and support future local economic growth.


When will the work take place?

Preliminary works: 

Site mobilisation, tree clearance and investigation works began early 2017 followed by work in the autumn to commence the diversion of utility supplies in the footways and verges on the northern side of Edinburgh Way.

Works continue during 2018 on the diversion of utility supplies on the southern side of Edinburgh Way. 

Main construction: 

The main construction phase began January 2018 and the works are due for completion summer 2019.

Please note that due to the nature of the work being undertaken, dates may be subject to change, for example if we experience unsuitable weather conditions or unforeseen issues.

During the construction period, appropriate traffic management will be in place, allowing one lane of traffic flow to be maintained in each direction for the majority of the works, supplemented by a temporary speed 30mph limit. 

Right turn restrictions will be imposed on all side accesses of Edinburgh Way and a right turn restriction at the traffic signals at East Road will remain in place for the majority of the works for the safety of the public and the workforce. 

There will also be times when it will be necessary for works to take place across the carriageway.  These will be kept to a minimum and where practical works will be undertaken at weekends or overnight with warning notices displayed in advance.  

Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained throughout the construction of the scheme.

There may be traffic delays at certain times and work phases which we aim to minimise as much as possible.  We would encourage all motorists to allow extra time, plan journeys during these works and take additional care when passing through the area.


Further information:

Every effort will be made to maintain resident and business access throughout the works, however there may be delays depending on the works being undertaken at the time.  

This webpage will continue to be updated as new information becomes available as the scheme progresses.  Advance warning will also be provided on roadside signage.

Thank you in advance for your patience and co-operation while we work to improve your roads.

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