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A414 Edinburgh Way/Cambridge Road junction improvement scheme

Change to traffic management - 09 April 2020: In response to Covid-19: Temporary closure of Edinburgh Way (westbound) from 14 April

In light of the reduction in traffic in Harlow due to the coronavirus and in order to make best use of staff resources currently available, a temporary road closure of Edinburgh Way (westbound only) will be in place from Tuesday 14 April through to Friday 1 May 2020.   This closure will allow programmed activities to continue, which might have otherwise been delayed, due to the affect that the coronavirus is having on being able to resource the night shift.

An appropriate diversion (see Document Section below) will be in place during the closure, which will be effective 24 hours a day, 7 days a week while essential trench reinstatement works take place which extend over the  width of the original carriageway.

Access to all side roads and businesses will be maintained, along with the pedestrian access on the south side of the scheme where possible.  Advance warning notices will be in place in the coming days.

Traffic travelling eastbound on Edinburgh Way will not be affected by the road closure.  

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by this change.  We are regularly reviewing and adapting our work programme as the effects of the virus continues.

Please be assured we will endeavour to provide advance notice of changes via this webpage and social media however we would always encourage drivers to observe on site signage in place.

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


Benefits

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 traffic management restrictions from 14 April to 1 May 2020: Temporary closure of Edinburgh Way (Westbound only)

Edinburgh Way, westbound will be closed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from 14 April to 1 May while essential trench reinstatement works take place, which extend over the width of the original carriageway.

This measure is being taken to make best use of our available staff resources in response to the coronavirus, particularly as the daytime traffic in Harlow is currently quieter. This will allow the onsite team to continue to carry out works that might otherwise have been delayed, due to the affect the virus its having on being able to resource the night shift.

An appropriate diversion (included in Document Section below) will be in place during the closure and access to all side roads and businesses will be maintained, along with the pedestrian access on the south side of the scheme where possible.  

Traffic travelling eastbound on Edinburgh Way will not be affected by the road closure.  

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by this change. We are regularly reviewing and adapting our work programme as the effects of the virus continues. 

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

Visit one.network 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.