A414 Edinburgh Way/Cambridge Road junction improvement scheme

Progress Update - 11 February 2019: Edinburgh Way - works completed in January

Street lighting: 

  • Cabling to all of the newly installed lighting columns along Edinburgh Way have been completed. The columns on the north side of the scheme have now been switched on and the old green columns removed, providing working space for the upcoming drainage works.

Utility services:

  • Affinity water have now completed water pipe diversions allowing all excavations to be back filled and the works area made safe. 
  • Openreach are on site installing new fibre optic and cooper cables into all of the newly installed ducts across the scheme. These works are required so that the services do not run under the new carriageway once it is completed.

Southern side footpath:

  • Following on from the water main connection, construction of the southern side footpath has been completed and is open to the public.  This provides access from Harlow Mill Roundabout to River Way roundabout along the southern side of the scheme. 
  • The new footpath on the southern side of the scheme will allow the contractors to install 4 metre deep drainage to the northern side, keeping the work and the public safely separated.  Unfortunately this will require pedestrians taking a longer route around Harlow Mill Roundabout to access Harlow Mill Train Station. Please accept our apologies for any temporary inconvenience caused. 

Traffic management changes:

  • With the footpath now completed on the southern side of the scheme the construction team have been able to move all of the traffic as far south on Edinburgh Way as safely possible while still maintaining one lane of traffic in each direction. This increases the working space to the northern side of the scheme in preparation for the drainage installation works planned for February 2019.

Works continue to be phased, with further details available in the Document section below for works planned in February 2019.



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 video shows a visualisation of the future scheme



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 winter 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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