A414 Edinburgh Way/Cambridge Road junction improvement scheme

Progress Update - 07 August 2018: Edinburgh Way - August update

 Works to support future carriageway widening on north and south of Edinburgh Way have progressed as follows:

  • All of the planned duct crossings along the length of the scheme have been completed and were carried out on night shifts to minimise the impact on the travelling public.
  • Work has now started on the construction of the new Harlow Mill Roundabout. The roundabout itself will remain in a similar position once rebuilt. The A414 approach from the M11 and the Edinburgh Way approaches will be very different once the work has finished. The proposed roundabout will operate as a traffic signal controlled roundabout. 
  • While the roundabout construction is underway there will be changes to the local footpaths. Please take care to use the signed diversions that will be in place.
  • Utility service diversions and installation works are nearing the end with a small amount to be completed on the south / west side of the roundabout. 
  • 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. 
  • Footpath construction will commence on the south side of Edinburgh way. This will allow a safe route for pedestrians whilst the new drainage system is installed on the north side of the carriageway.

Latest News - 27 July 2018: Cambridge Rd/Harlow Mill roundabout traffic management changes from 30 July


Traffic management changes apply from Monday 30 July at Cambridge Road/Harlow Mill roundabout.

Lane reductions will be necessary on the roundabout during weekday periods to enable engineers to safely carry out works to upgrade the roundabout layout.  These restrictions will be necessary 24 hours a day from 7am on Monday to 7pm Friday (restrictions will be lifted during weekends).  This arrangement will continue for approximately 2 months.

Roundabout approach lanes will be reduced to one lane, with a single lane on the roundabout itself.

We would advise motorists to take additional care when travelling during the works, allowing extra time, observing signage and traffic management in place.


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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