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Funding for Junction 7a of M11 praised

Politics / Fri 10th Mar 2017 at 03:58pm

ESSEX County Council has hailed a “milestone year” for the county’s road infrastructure after the Government pledged £14 million towards a new congestion-busting junction on the M11 near Harlow as part of this year’s Spring Budget announcement.

The impressive figure was announced today (Friday) as part of the Government’s Congestion Relief Programme.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader at Essex County Council, says the funding will transform travel in the west of Essex.

He said: “I am delighted as this junction will really improve the lives of those living, working and travelling through west Essex.

“The M11 is a key route for residents, businesses and freight – that is why we have fought hard to seek infrastructure funding for this vital new junction.

“Junction 7a will offer a link onto the M11 for the Harlow Enterprise Zone while supporting housing and business growth in the local area.

“Keeping Essex moving is a priority and we cannot allow our key routes to grind to a halt due to a lack of action.

“It may only be March but 2017 is already shaping up to be a milestone year to transform the county’s road infrastructure.

“We are currently asking for the public’s views on options for the A120 and a new transport network for Chelmsford, while Highways England has recently asked for views on the widening of the A12.

“We have also announced long-term plans for the A127/A130 Fairglen Interchange in the south of the county.

“Funding is vital to make all these things a reality and that is why I am so pleased with today’s announcement.”

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