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M11 Junction 7a

Latest News - 02 March 2020: Junction works to begin

* This week (2nd March) has seen temporary works begin in the area. This is utilities work being undertaken by UK Power networks and is not related to the junection scheme. You can keep up to date on these works here

 

Works to deliver the new M11 Junction 7A at Harlow will start in the coming months following the appointment of a main contractor.

Delivering the strategically important new access from the M11, the works will see a new junction and link road created, connecting the motorway with Gilden Way, east of Harlow, and creating a new east-west link through the town, helping boost the local economy.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “This is a critically important piece of new infrastructure which we have been working with partners for a number of years to help make a reality.

“This new junction will not only be a boost to the thousands of people who are travelling into and out of Harlow on a daily basis through alleviating some of the congestion issues in the town, but offers new public transport opportunities and will help further unlock the economic potential of Harlow through supporting business growth in the area.”

Harlow MP Robert Halfon added: "I would like to thank Essex County Council and Cllr Bentley for all the hard work they have put in to deliver Junction 7A. This is a major project that will greatly reduce the traffic burden on Harlow residents. 

"I worked hard for many years in Parliament in order to persuade m11 junction 7a picturethe Government to invest in the junction and I am extremely grateful to the former Transport Secretary for authorising it. 

"This is yet more proof that the Government are investing in Harlow. With our new hospital, new road junction, the £600m move of Public Health England to Harlow, our Enterprise zone and the up to £25m to regenerate our town - we are building an even better Harlow."

Funded through Highways England, the Department for Transport, Essex County Council and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, the scheme is located between Junctions 7 and 8 of the M11. It will see the existing B183 widened, creating an additional lane heading westbound and providing two lanes to the existing London Road Roundabout which links to the A414.

This will be supported by the conversion of the existing Churchgate Roundabout on the B183 into a ‘hamburger’ style arrangement with traffic lights installed and the existing local road network connected via the creation of a new Campions Roundabout.

The project follows last year’s works in Gilden Way which saw existing utilities diverted, enabling the main works to be undertaken.

Construction is expected to commence on Gilden Way/Sheering Road in late spring 2020, with works on the motorway junction and link road likely to start in summer/autumn 2020.

The new junction is planned to open in 2022.

Overview

Essex County Council has worked with Highways England to investigate options to improve access to Harlow’s road network to help facilitate growth and create better connectivity for residents, businesses and visitors. A strategic options appraisal study concluded that a new junction on the M11, known as Junction 7A, was the best solution.

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 and
  • Provide new opportunities for housing and business developments fThe scheme

The scheme

The scheme begins by widening Gilden Way from the London Road roundabout to Marsh Lane to create a three-lane road. This would provide an additional lane for traffic approaching Harlow. 

The widening will be accommodated within the existing highway boundaries or on land that will be transferred to the highway authority’s ownership.From near the junction with Marsh Lane, a new road to the east will be built to link 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.

From the new The Campions roundabout, the link will continue towards the new motorway roundabout junction on the western side of the M11. This is one of two new roundabouts that 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 a new wide two-lane link road to The Campions roundabout.

Original planning permission for the M11 Junction 7A scheme was granted in July 2017. This permitted the construction of an additional motorway junction on the M11 (Junction 7A) between the existing junctions 7 and 8, to the north-east of Harlow in Essex. The permitted scheme was 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 Sheering Road roundabout (now renamed ‘Campions Roundabout’) that connects the new junction to Lowe 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. 

 

How the Link Road has evolved

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 requirelatest phasing planments 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 now required in the short-to medium-term.

As such it is proposed to construct, in the short-term, Phase 1 and Phase 2A of the scheme, 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 and bridge the gap until such a time as there is more certainty over planned growth to require Phase 2B. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Harlow Council Civic Centre during the consultation period. 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.

During the 2016 public consultation, we committed to putting in place measures to reduce the impact of traffic noise on residents once the M11 Junction 7A scheme is in place. This is why we are proposing the installation of noise barriers along parts of Gilden Way and Sheering Road. Find out more about our proposed noise barriers.

In addition to installing the noise barriers, we were proposing the removal of the underpass under Gilden Way between The Oxleys and Gilden Close. Having considered feedback from residents, this underpass removal proposal is under review.

On 11th and 12th May 2018 two public events, the Orders Exhibitions, took place in Old Harlow. These events provided people with an opportunity to discuss the noise barrier and underpass removal proposals with project staff. 

Contact us

if you have any questions about the scheme. We aim to respond to enquiries within 10 working days. Please contact us via  m11j7a@essex.gov.uk


Documents

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

 30/01/2019

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