A414 Edinburgh Way/Cambridge Road junction improvement scheme

Progress Update - 13 March 2019: Edinburgh Way - works completed in February

Drainage works:

  • Following the recent traffic switch, contractors have now commenced the drainage on the North side of the scheme opposite Gates Ford/Kwik Fit. To date two catch pits and one 20m pipe run have been installed. Progress is slightly slower than anticipated due to a number of obstructions found in the ground.
  • Last month the site took delivery of the 1500mm diameter drainage system that will be installed adjacent to Harlow Mill Roundabout along Edinburgh Way during March 2019. These large pipes and catch pits form an attenuation water storage system. The surface water run off is then released at a controlled rate into the existing Thames Water drainage system.

Crib Reinforcement Wall:

  • Following the recent high temperatures during February, the team were able to continue with the backfill works to the Crib Reinforcement wall behind Gates Ford. Previously the team had to stop as the sand fill had become too saturated and they were unable to achieve the density levels required by the specification. Operations will continue as and when the weather allows.

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