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A414 Edinburgh Way/Cambridge Road junction improvement scheme

Press release - 12 October 2020: Completion of improvements designed to support Harlow's prosperity

Residents and businesses in Harlow will now start to see the benefit of the A414 Edinburgh Way road improvements between Cambridge Road and River Way Roundabouts.
Construction came to an end in September, enabling the temporary speed restrictions to be lifted.

Morgan Sindall began construction in 2018 on behalf of Essex Highways to dual the A414 between Cambridge Road and River Way Roundabouts as part of a £15 million investment into Harlow.

The Cambridge Road Roundabout was also upgraded and traffic signals at the East Road junction improved while maintaining a crossing point for pedestrians and cyclists.
These changes have been designed to manage congestion on this busy route, supporting future economic growth and jobs in the town.

Councillor Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “I would like to express my gratitude for the patience shown by residents, businesses and commuters during the lengthy construction period.

“This has been an ambitious scheme which has been successfully completed despite the technical challenges of being a traffic sensitive site close to business premises and accesses.

“Works have required close liaison with many third parties, including utility providers throughout the scheme to support utility diversions and the protection of supplies.

“New innovative techniques have also been used during the build to install the country’s first large diameter, structural wall plastic pipe attenuation system directly beneath a live carriageway”

“The contractor is now beginning to demobilise their site and finalise any minor outstanding off-line works.”

View of new carraigeway improvements on Edinburgh Way

Highway Schemes Homepage

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.


Temporary traffic management - August 2020: 

As works progress to bring these improvements to completion, regular adjustments will be made to temporary traffic management to support remaining activities being carried out.  We would ask you to observe road signs and take additional care when passing through the area. 

We will continue to share updates on the proposed traffic managing phasing via this webpage and @essexhighways as soon as details are confirmed. 

  • Week commencing 3 August 2020: Overnight works
    Overnight closure of Edinburgh Way (both directions between Harlow Mill/Cambridge Road Roundabout and River Way Roundabout) between the hours of 8pm and 6am.

Thank you for your continued patience throughout these works.

Visit for further details about these roadworks and others in 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.

Please note that due to the nature of the work being carried out, dates may be subject to change, for example if we experience unsuitable weather conditions or unforeseen issues. This webpage will continue to be updated as new information becomes available as the scheme progresses.  

Thank you for your patience and co-operation while we work to improve your roads.


Overnight work progress    PDF  10/7/2020