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M11 Junction 7a

Latest News - 23 January 2021: Sheering Hall underpass closure

A full closure of the Sheering Hall underpass will be in place from 26 January until late March 2021 to enable demolition and reinforced concrete works. During this closure there will be no access for vehicles or pedestrians. 

During this time the team will be extending the underpass structure to facilitate the construction of the new slip roads for J7a of the M11 – this requires demolition of existing wing walls to extend the box structure, before rebuilding the wing walls at the end of the new extension.

Works are subject to weather conditions and any changes in Government COVID-19 restrictions.

If you have any queries in regard to the works and the construction please email

To keep up to date with the scheme, you can receive updates and newsletters directly from GRAHAM to your email by registering for updates


The new M11 Junction 7A is a critical new infrastructure project funded through Highways England and Essex County Council. Along with a new link road and upgraded Gilden Way, the junction will improve access to Harlow’s road network, helping facilitate growth and creating better connectivity for residents, businesses and visitors.

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
  • Create new public transport and sustainabile travel opportunities 
  • Provide new opportunities for housing and business developments.

The scheme

Work on the scheme began in summer 2020 and is being undertaken by GRAHAM construction.

The scheme begins by widening Gilden Way from the London Road roundabout to Marsh Lane to create a three-lane road. This will provide an extra Gilen way imagelane for traffic approaching Harlow as well as providing improved walking and cycling access.

The widening will be accommodated within the existing highway boundaries or on  land transferred to Essex County Council's ownership. From near the junction with Marsh Lane, a new road to the east will be built, linking 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.bridge image

From the new The Campions roundabout, the link road will continue towards the new motorway roundabout junction on the western side of the M11.

This is where one of two new roundabouts 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 the new wide two-lane link road to The Campions roundabout.

The new junction will be complete and operational by 2022.


How the Link Road has evolved

Original planning permission for the M11 Junction 7A scheme was granted in July 2017. This permitted the construction of Junction 7A  with the scheme 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 Campions Roundabout that connects 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.

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 requirements 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 required in the short-to medium-term.

As such Phase 1 and Phase 2A of the scheme will be constructed, 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 until such a time as there is more certainty over planned growth to require Phase 2B. 

 latest phasing plan


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 various locations. 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.

In 2019 a Public Inquiry took place to assess the scheme. For details on the documents and orders made available visit the publication of orders page

Contact us

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


Junction 7a - Contractor newsletter September 2020 (848.69 KB)PDF28/09/2020
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


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