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Clocktower road improvements completed on time

Politics / Wed 21st Oct 2015 at 12:49pm

THE A414 Harlow Clocktower roundabout improvement scheme has completed on time.

Aimed at increasing junction capacity and accessibility to Harlow town centre, the £4.2m scheme will support development plans for 16,000 new homes and some 12,000 new jobs in the immediate area.

Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, Cllr Rodney L Bass said: “The Clocktower roundabout scheme marks the first in a series of measures designed to upgrade the A414 in Harlow and across the county.”

Work on the project began in late August 2014.

Cllr Bass added: “Despite a number of technical challenges, particularly the coordination of utilities supply and the complete rebuild and diversion of localised gas mains and gas governor plant, the scheme has met all our expectations of timescale, cost and quality.

“We also took the opportunity to improve surface drainage at the site.”

The upgraded roundabout sees the provision of new dedicated left turn slips into and out of Second Avenue, reducing congestion and improving traffic flow. The previous arrangement was a four-arm roundabout experiencing heavy bottlenecks.

Essex County Council secured financing for the Harlow Clocktower scheme from the Government’s Local Pinch Point Fund in February 2013.

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