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M11 Junction 7a

Latest News - 21 July 2020: Work underway on Gilden Way

The main works on Gilden Way are now underway, with traffic management in place along the first section of the works near to the London Road roundabout.

This first stage will see the team widen and improve Gilden Way from the London Road Roundabout to Marsh Lane, creating a three-lane road to support traffic approaching Harlow.

More details on the scheme can be seen below.

In order to limit traffic issues in Old Harlow a ‘no right turn’ has now been implemented between Gilden Way and Mulberry Green. This will be monitored over the coming weeks.

To keep up to date with the latest news on the scheme an email newsletter is being produced by the contractor. To recieve this directly to your inbox please register for updates.

If you have any queries in regard to the works and the construction please email m11j7a@graham.co.uk

Overview

Essex County Council has worked with Highways England to investigate options to improve access to Harlow’s road network to help facilitate growth and create better connectivity for residents, businesses and visitors. A strategic options appraisal study concluded that a new junction on the M11, known as Junction 7A, was the best solution.

The new M11 Junction 7A and widening of Gilden Way will:

  • Create a new east-west link, which will move traffic smoothly out of Harlow on to the M11
  • Reduce congestion on the north-south links through Harlow and towards Junction 7 and
  • Provide new opportunities for housing and business developments.

The scheme

The scheme begins by widening Gilden Way from the London Road roundabout to Marsh Lane to create a three-lane road. This would provide an additional lane for traffic approaching Harlow. 

The widening will be accommodated within the existing highway boundaries or on land that will be transferred to the highway authority’s ownership.From near the junction with Marsh Lane, a new road to the east will be built to link the improved Gilden Way to the M11 via a new roundabout called The Campions roundabout.

A section of the old Sheering Road as it passes The Campions will become access-only for residents, while access to Mayfield Farm will also be improved.

From the new The Campions roundabout, the link will continue towards the new motorway roundabout junction on the western side of the M11. This is one of two new roundabouts that will be built on either side of the M11 and connected by a new bridge over the motorway.

There will be slip roads on and off the M11 for both northbound and southbound traffic.Traffic travelling from the new M11 junction towards Harlow will use the new roundabouts, on either side of the M11, and travel along a new wide two-lane link road to The Campions roundabout.

Original planning permission for the M11 Junction 7A scheme was granted in July 2017. This permitted the construction of an additional motorway junction on the M11 (Junction 7A) between the existing junctions 7 and 8, to the north-east of Harlow in Essex. The permitted scheme was set out in three phases: 

* Phase 1: to widen and improve Gilden Way; 

Phase 2A: to provide the new motorway junction, together with the southern arm of the link road and the new Sheering Road roundabout (now renamed ‘Campions Roundabout’) that connects the new junction to Lowe to Lower Sheering Road;

* Phase 2B: to provide the northern arm of the link road, between Campions Roundabout and Junction 7A, and the new Pincey Brook roundabout, which forms part of that northern arm. 

 

How the Link Road has evolved

The southern arm of the link road was originally designed to carry westbound traffic along a two-lane road from the new Junction 7A towards Harlow, with the northern arm carrying eastbound traffic from Harlow towards the new junction

Advanced works and services diversion for Phase 1 of the scheme commenced on Gilden Way in May 2018 and were completed in November 2019.

However, the development requirelatest phasing planments set out in the emerging ‘local plans’ of the surrounding district council areas are now such that Phase 2B, which enables the later connection of the new Junction 7A to a Northern Bypass road to north Harlow, is not now required in the short-to medium-term.

As such it is proposed to construct, in the short-term, Phase 1 and Phase 2A of the scheme, except for the southern arm of the Link Road; this will be replaced by an alternative dualled Link Road scheme (two lanes in each direction) that facilitates two-way traffic.

This will enable the Junction to operate effectively and bridge the gap until such a time as there is more certainty over planned growth to require Phase 2B. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Previous Engagement

From May-July 2016, we carried out an extensive public consultation on the proposals for the M11 Junction 7A and the widening of Gilden Way. As part of the consultation, we ensured the proposals were well publicised, including holding public information events and displaying information at Harlow Council Civic Centre during the consultation period. We received 149 responses, including one petition with 155 signatures.

You can download our Consultation document using the link below, along with other information about the scheme.
 
We are grateful to everyone who took the time to consider our proposals and provide their feedback. We read and analysed each response to gain a thorough understanding of the issues, suggestions and any concerns that they contained. This information was passed onto the relevant technical leads working on the proposals, and was used to help inform future decisions on the scheme.

At the end of this process, a Preferred Route was approved by the ECC Cabinet and announced on 13 December 2016.

During the 2016 public consultation, we committed to putting in place measures to reduce the impact of traffic noise on residents once the M11 Junction 7A scheme is in place. This is why we are proposing the installation of noise barriers along parts of Gilden Way and Sheering Road. Find out more about our proposed noise barriers.

In addition to installing the noise barriers, we were proposing the removal of the underpass under Gilden Way between The Oxleys and Gilden Close. Having considered feedback from residents, this underpass removal proposal is under review.

On 11th and 12th May 2018 two public events, the Orders Exhibitions, took place in Old Harlow. These events provided people with an opportunity to discuss the noise barrier and underpass removal proposals with project staff. 

Contact us

if you have any questions about the scheme. We aim to respond to enquiries within 10 working days. Please contact us via  m11j7a@essex.gov.uk


Documents

Junction 7a - Contractor newsletter July 2020 (816.58 KB)PDF09/07/2020
Side Road Order Key Plan (3.1 MB)PDF11/12/2019
Side Road Order Map 1 (2.07 MB)PDF11/12/2019
Side Road Order Map 2 (2.27 MB)PDF11/12/2019
CPO 2018 Key Plan 1 (2.82 MB)PDF11/12/2019
CPO 2018 Key Plan 2 (3.18 MB)PDF11/12/2019
CPO 2018 Sheet No 1 (1.83 MB)PDF11/12/2019
CPO 2018 Sheet No 1 (a) (1.83 MB)PDF11/12/2019
CPO 2018 Sheet No 2 (1.57 MB)PDF11/12/2019
CPO 2018 Sheet No 2 (a) (1.96 MB)PDF11/12/2019
CPO 2018 Sheet No 3 (1.76 MB)PDF11/12/2019
CPO 2018 Sheet No 3 (a) (2.05 MB)PDF11/12/2019
CPO 2018 Sheet No 4 (1.72 MB)PDF11/12/2019
CPO 2018 Sheet No 4 (a) (1.79 MB)PDF11/12/2019
CPO 2018 Sheet No 5 (1.66 MB)PDF11/12/2019
CPO 2018 Sheet No 5 (a) (1.7 MB)PDF11/12/2019
CPO 2018 Sheet No 6 (1.43 MB)PDF11/12/2019
CPO 2018 Sheet No 6 (a) (1.52 MB)PDF11/12/2019
CPO Confirmation Notice (342.56 KB)PDF11/12/2019
SRO Confirmation Notice (65.75 KB)PDF11/12/2019
Confirmed CPO Text (5 MB)PDF11/12/2019
Confirmed SRO Text (199.92 KB)PDF11/12/2019
Confirmed S16 Scheme (599.93 KB)PDF11/12/2019


Other useful documents and links 

Documents relating to the scheme can be downloaded using the following links

 Consultation document M11 Junction 7a 06a

 PDF  30/01/2017

 M11 Junction 7a / M11J7A Technical Approval Report

 PDF  30/01/2017

 Harlow Option Assessment Report Part 1

 PDF  30/01/2017

 Harlow Option Assessment Report Part 2

 PDF  30/01/2017
 Layout overview  PDF

 30/01/2019

Further information about our plans, including a summary of responses to our earlier consultation and other engagement activity, can be found by viewing the documents submitted as part of our application to the Local Planning Authority