Drop in events for M11 Junction 7a announced
News / Tue 8th May 2018 pm31 04:35pm
TWO public drop-in events relating to the M11 Junction 7A scheme are taking place on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 May in Old Harlow.
The public events – known as Orders Exhibitions – are an opportunity for individuals, organisations and businesses to meet project staff and discuss the latest developments in the M11 Junction 7A scheme, including:
Publication of the draft Orders: Draft Orders are legal documents that will be published in the near future, providing detailed information about how we plan to go forward with the scheme.
Noise barriers along Gilden Way / Sheering Road: As outlined in our 2016 public consultation, we are planning to install noise barriers at some locations along Gilden Way and Sheering Road to reduce the impact of traffic noise on residents. These barriers are typically wooden fences, although other materials can be used such as brick and clear plastic. There is a map of the proposed barriers on our website (see below), and we are inviting comment from members of the public and stakeholders.
Removal of The Oxleys underpass: Since the public consultation took place in 2016, Harlow Council has advised us that there are significant benefits to removing the underpass under Gilden Way between The Oxleys and Gilden Close. The underpass does not conform to the latest accessibility standards, is prone to flooding, and has become associated with anti-social behaviour. The existing crossing near the junction with Mulberry Green would be upgraded, ensuring it provides a safe crossing across Gilden Way.
There are visualisations on the Essex County Council website showing how The Oxleys and Gilden Close would look after the underpass has been removed, and residents have received details of the proposals and feedback invited.
The two events will be held at Mulberry Green Church Hall, Catholic Church of the Assumption, Mulberry Green, Old Harlow, CM17 0HA 2pm-8pm, Friday 11 May 2018 and 10am-4pm, Saturday 12 May 2018
Detailed information on these proposals, including how to provide comments, can be found at www.essex.gov.uk/junction7a
The problem with a light controlled crossing is, they take forever to change. Can we begin to imagine the chaos that is surely coming? The school run into Churchgate Street will ensure that not much will be moving between, 08.30 and 09.30, and between 15.00 and 16.30. Queuing at the crossing, and then the proposed round-about too will be an absolute nightmare for the motorist, and the locals too. So, where will the motorists and the HGV's duck out? Straight through the village. And, let's not forget the new school on the Gilden Way estate. Woe is us.
Why not upgrade the underpass with CCTV with above ground monitors. A pedestrian crossing over the road would just add to the. chaos the traffic congestion along Golden Way will be so bad that we ought to rename it Gilden Halt. Given that the ground where houses are being built along the road is about 6 feet higher than the road, how tall will these noise barriers need to be 20 or 30 feet?? The whole concept is flawed. Why have Essex highways and Cllrs never showed the computer modelling to the public in an interactive and accessible form? Clearly the decision to drive a road into East Harlow has been made by the same myopic thinking that put the M11 on the wrong side of town in the first place.
The link provided to comment on J7a) doesn't appear to work, this doesn't give one.any confidence at all.
Not only the link does not work but the site once found you cannot navigate to magnify the East end of the roads shown. I wonder sometimes whether this is done to prevent people getting any information. Several other comments: 1.The delays from pedestrian crossings has already seen gridlock in other parts of the town. The alternatives are more expensive is this the real reason they have not been considered. 2. The estimated traffic numbers were revised when questioned on the last consultation. We now know from Epping, East Herts and Harlow Local Plans that traffic will increase even more due to the 23,000 additional dwelling over and above those under construction in the town. Do not the engineers need to revisit the traffic figures and the drawing board to accommodate this increase. 3. Bearing in mind the above the principle of Junction 7A needs to be re look at or at the very least escalate the immediate need for the northern link to the A414 to stop the gridlock of the Harlow roads. Come on Essex County Council get it right for the sake of those paying the high council tax bills.
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