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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

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About the scheme

Essex County Council has completed a series of improvements in Harlow to improve the A414 Edinburgh Way/Cambridge Road Roundabout.

As part of a £15 million investment, the Harlow network has been upgraded to manage congestion and support future local economic growth.  Works which concluded in November 2020 included:

  • Dual carriageway created along Edinburgh Way between Cambridge Road and River Way Roundabouts. 
  • Upgraded of the A414 Cambridge Road Roundabout. 
  • Improved 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 are prohibited from turning right due to the new central reservation.  Vehicles at the East Road junction are able to turn in both directions at the traffic signals.

We would like to express our gratitude to businesses, residents and commuters for the patience and co-operation during the works.