A414 Edinburgh Way/Cambridge Road junction improvement scheme

Advance Notice - 14 January 2019: A414 Edinburgh Way overnight closure week commencing 28 January

Week commencing 28 January 2019 - overnight closures A414 Edinburgh Way

To support the removal of existing street lighting columns and changing the traffic management in preparation for the next work phase, a week of overnight closures are required on A414 Edinburgh Way as outlined below:

  • Monday 28 January to Friday 2 February 2019, 8pm to 6am (reopening 6am Saturday)
  • A414 Edinburgh Way will be closed from Cambridge Road (Harlow Mill) roundabout to River Way roundabout. River Way Roundabout will be reduced to one lane.

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 to take individual servicing requests into consideration, however access will be dependent on the operations being conducted and delays may be experienced.

Access for the Emergency Services will be maintained through out.

For diversion route please see Document Section below.  To view other works in the area please visit .  

Road Closure - 08 January 2019: Overnight works - A414 (Southern Way to Second Ave Roundabout) works

Carriageway surfacing: 21 January to 27 January 2019 

Please be aware that overnight surfacing works are scheduled to take place on the A414 between Southern Way and Second Avenue.  These works require overnight road closures as follows:

  • Overnight closures from 8pm to 6am, Monday 21 January to Sunday 27 January 2019 (reopening 6am Sunday).
  • A414 will be fully closed in both directions between Southern Way Roundabout and Second Avenue Roundabout, Harlow.

A diversion route will be clearly signed along the A1169 (Southern Way), along Katherine’s Way, along the A1025 Third Avenue and finally along the A1025 Second Avenue back to the A414

Please allow extra time for your journey, taking care to observe signage and follow diversions in place (refer to Document Section below) or www.roadworks.org for details.

As the works are subject to weather conditions being suitable, any changes to the programme will be reflected on this webpage as well as site signage


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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