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M11 Junction 7a

Latest News - 11 October 2019: M11 Junction 7A Current works

Good progress has been made on advanced drainage, clearance and utility work needed to enable the main works to begin. The embankment and drainage wDrain worksork at the new Harlowbury development have been completed and a large new drain is being installed on the south side of Gilden Way near Mulberry Green

footpathA temporary footway has also been constructed from The Oxleys to the Churchgate Roundabout. While no formal pedestrian access exists along this route, we are conscious that an informal verge route exists that is used by a number of local residents. Once the main works are completed there will be a footway/cycleway running from London Road Roundabout, on the north side of Gilden Way (past The Oxleys) to Marsh Lane. 

Planning permission has now been gained to implement acoustic barriers along Gilden Park and temporarily for Gilden Close (during the construction phase) with plans for more permanent barriers for the rest of the development to come later in the programme. 

new planning application has also been submitted to provide a dual carriageway Link Road between Sheering Road and the new M11 Junction 7A. This revision within the approved scheme envelope enables Junction 7A to become operational in the period prior to the construction of the approved (but still proposed) Phase 2B.

The next stage is to obtain funding sign off through the both the Essex County Council and Highway England governance process, and once that is done, to appoint contractors to build the new junction. The scheme will be constructued under what is known as a 'design and build' contract. Bids to complete the work are now being tested and evaluated by Essex County Council.

 new pipe being layed   completed road works new footpath


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.

The permitted scheme will be implemented 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 ‘Campions Roundabout’ that link the new junction 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

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

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

 Proposed Site Plan overview

 PDF  30/01/2017

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