£50 million boost for M11 at Harlow

Politics / Tue 2nd Dec 2014 at 09:12am

THE Government has announced that it is set to invest £50m for improvements to the Harlow junction of the M11

It is hoped that the cash will be spent on improvements at junction 7 and provide quicker access to and from the town.

The upgrade will allow extra capacity at junction 7 ” through significant upgrades and more technology”.

There will also be improvements to the M11 between junction 8 (Stansted Airport) and junction 14 (Cambridge), including emergency roadside telephones, signals on slip roads, motorway incident detection and automatic signalling, variable message signs, CCTV cameras and gantries. This work will take place in three phases.

The East of England will benefit from 15 new schemes worth around £1.5bn, creating an estimated 1,000 construction jobs.

As well as the M11, money has been earmarked to update the A14, A12 and the A1(M).

Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin said: “Today I am setting out the biggest, boldest and most far-reaching roads programme for decades. It will dramatically improve the network and unlock Britain’s economic potential.

“Roads are key to our nation’s prosperity. For too long they have suffered from under-investment.

“This government has a long term plan to secure the country’s future and this £15bn roads programme is demonstration of that. It will directly benefit hardworking families across the East of England.”

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne added: “I promised when I was in the East of England that we would address this area’s economic needs for the future.

”Our long term economic plan means today we can invest £1.5 billion into the region’s infrastructure to improve, repair and expand our roads.

“For years our roads have been neglected. Now that this government is fixing the economy, we can afford to invest properly in our roads – unlocking jobs and local growth by creating a road network that is fit for the 21st century.”

Cllr Kevin Bentley, deputy leader of Essex County Council and cabinet member for economic growth and infrastructure, said: “The proposed £50m for junction 7 on the M11 at Harlow will lead to significant improvements, but given the economic growth we expect in Harlow due to the Enterprise Zone we will still press for an additional junction.”

“Accidents and incidents on the county’s roads cause delays and congestion, prolonging journeys, adding to costs for businesses and ultimately damaging the local economy. By investing in our roads to improve traffic flow, reduce congestion and improve safety, businesses can create more jobs and further economic growth in Essex.

“For those reasons, I am delighted that the Government has announced these much-needed improvements.”

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