M11 Junction 7A is a critical infrastructure project funded through National Highways and Essex County Council. Opening to traffic in June 2022, the junction, link road and upgraded Gilden Way provide improved 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:
- Creates a new east-west link, which will move traffic smoothly out of Harlow onto the M11.
- Will reduce congestion on the north-south links through Harlow and towards Junction 7.
- Offers new public transport and sustainable travel opportunities.
- Provides new opportunities for housing and business development.
Undertaken by GRAHAM Construction the main works began in Summer 2020 with the widening of Gilden Way. Widened from the London Road roundabout to Marsh Lane to create a three-lane road this has created an extra lane for traffic approaching Harlow as well as improved walking and cycling access.
From close to the junction with Marsh Lane, a new road to the east has been built, linking Gilden Way to the M11 via a new roundabout called 'The Campions Roundabout'. As it passes The Campions a section of the old Sheering Road has become access-only for residents, while access to Mayfield Farm has also been improved.
From the Campions Roundabout, the link road continues towards the new motorway roundabout junction on the western side of the M11. This is where two new roundabouts have been built, connected by a bridge over the motorway and slip roads on and off the M11 for both northbound and southbound traffic.
The new junction opened to traffic in June 2022.