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Old Harlow Tories calls for panel to look at Junction 7

Politics / Mon 20th Jan 2014 at 01:58pm

JOEL Charles, Conservative candidate for Old Harlow, is calling on Essex County Council (ECC) to set up a panel of local councillors, highways officials and local residents to find a better solution to a new junction with the motorway.

Whilst visiting the local consultation events in Old Harlow with local Councillors Mike Garnett, Sue Livings and Muriel Jolles, Joel listened to residents’ views on the three options put forward by ECC. The majority view was that the preferred routes would make traffic flow worse and not better in Old Harlow.

Joel said: “There is a pressing need to improve road infrastructure in Harlow for access to the M11 for commuters to gain quicker access to the new Enterprise Zone and improve journey times to Stansted Airport. We all recognise the pressure that increased car ownership and future business growth will have on our roads.

“But I, together with the Old Harlow Councillors, am yet to be convinced that the proposed options for a new link to the M11 will improve journey times for local road users or the business community. All of the proposals would result in increased congestion at the Mark Hall roundabouts. I share residents’ concerns that the options would increase traffic in Old Harlow despite plans to enhance the local road network.

“We understand ECC plan to improve the roundabout at Mark Hall and Edinburgh Way to tackle congestion, which are steps in the right direction.

“I urge local people to voice their concerns by responding to the survey by 31st January.

“The consultation does not go far enough to give the public confidence in the process and the final decision. Essex County Council should set up a special panel of local councillors, highways officials and local residents to find a better solution to a new junction with the motorway.”

Harlow MP, Robert Halfon is keen to hear from local residents.

Robert said: “It is important that local residents let me know their views so that I can properly represent them to Essex County Council. I will shortly be sending out a survey to households in Old Harlow on the junction 7a, and I would appreciate your thoughts.”

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