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A414 Edinburgh Way/Cambridge Road junction improvement scheme

Latest News - 06 April 2020: Overnight works postponed for week commencing 6 April

Overnight road closures planned for week commencing 6 April have been postponed.  Please check this web page for the latest updates as will continue to review works and traffic management arrangements in light of the coronavirus.  


For details about the latest progress made on this scheme, and involvement with the local community, read Morgan Sindall's March Newsletter, also found in the Document Section below. 


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.

Scheme progress

Due to wet weather experienced during November and December 2019, as well as delays associated with Vodafone cable diversions, the work programme has been revised with an expected completion date of June 2020.  

A summary of works are outlined below:

  • Eastbound carriageway widening/footway and drainage works - Works complete
  • Westbound carriageway widening/footway and drainage works - switch over occurred October 2019.  This is the main part of the works now, and is due for completion in May 2020.
  • Central reservation works - due to commence January 2020, completing in May 2020  
  • Remedial works/off carriageway working/site demobilisation - June 2020

We appreciate your continued support while we work towards completing this scheme. 

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.

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. 


Proposed overnight traffic restrictions during April 2020: 

Overnight traffic management restrictions (8pm and 6am, Monday to Friday) are planned for Edinburgh Way, Station Road adjacent to Harlow Mill Roundabout and Harlow Mill Roundabout during March and April.  These works will support the following activities:

  • Full depth construction of the road widening at the access to Templefields, Athena Business park and St James Trading Estate
  • Repairs to cracks in the existing road
  • Reconstruction of the existing movement joint in the existing concrete road
  • Construction of the new island at East Road
  • Construction of the new island to Station Road and Station Approach at Harlow Mill Roundabout
  • Installation of a new drainage crossing at Harlow Mill Roundabout
  • Installation of additional traffic signal cable ducts adjacent to Gates Ford. 

 Please note that dates may be subject to change as they are under continual review due to the Coronavirus.


Week commencing 13 April 2020

  • Monday - Bank Holiday – No Works – Roads all open
  • Tuesday - Edinburgh Way Closed
  • Wednesday - Edinburgh Way Closed
  • Thursday - Edinburgh Way Closed
  • Friday - Edinburgh Way Closed 

Updates will continue to be made to this webpage as the scheme progresses.

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.

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.