Plans revealed for park and ride service close to new M11 junction
News / Wed 18th Dec 2019 pm31 04:47pm
By Local Democracy Reporter
ESSEX County Council has revealed long term goals to provide a park and ride service close to a new junction off the M11 near Harlow.
Construction of the £71 million junction 7a project is expected to start at Gilden Way and Sheering Road early in 2020, with works on the main junction and link road likely to start in the spring.
The new road is being built to reduce congestion and improve access to Harlow’s road network.
And in answer to concerns that not enough is being done to facilitate greener travel, the county council (ECC) has said a park and ride will follow, although no date has been announced for this.
Kevin Bentley, ECC cabinet member for infrastructure, said: “We are not going to change the world over night…but we are going to make changes in the way we persuade people to not use their cars by providing better alternatives.
“That will be cycleways, better pedestrianisation and better public transport.
“Because linked in with this, and one of the reasons for doing this is not just the enterprise zone, which this is hugely important for, because whether or not we build the junction, those cars are coming and they are causing chaos at the moment.
“But more important are the community plans we have in Gilston and Harlow and if you look at the planning for that you will see great strides in making that more friendly for pedestrians, public transport and linkages that do not involve cars.
“This is part of what we are trying to do here.
“The bit we are not putting in here yet which I do want to talk about is putting a park and ride in this area, which is not part of the plans yet but we want to do that.
“So we get people to 7a off the M11 and then get people to travel around Harlow and the Gilston area without necessarily using their cars.”
The money has come from various sources, including government grants and ECC borrowing £16.5million.
But the project is still £6.3million short and should that gap in funding not be secured by January 2020, it may be necessary to re-allocate money away from other capital highways projects, which may include things like pedestrian crossings, as well as general repairs.
The new junction – which could be completed by 2022 – is designed to ease congestion and help create jobs by stimulating growth of Harlow Enterprise Zone.
The proposed scheme is located between junctions seven and eight of the M11 and includes a new junction and link road joining the M11 with the B183 Gilden Way, east of Harlow.
The new link road will connect to Gilden Way and the existing local road network via the creation of the new Campions Roundabout at the west end of the link road.
The existing B183 will be upgraded from a single alternate carriageway, widened to enable an additional lane heading westbound, providing two lanes to the existing London Road roundabout which links to the A414.
The existing Churchgate Roundabout on the B183 is set to be turned into a ‘hamburger’ arrangement.
He added: “This is a major piece of investment – the first of many that are coming to Essex.
“We have not had as a county a lot of infrastructure investment in fact we are still behind on some infrastructure.
“But now we are getting that money, and now we are seeing those plans.
“And this is one of many coming forward, we hope to hear about the A12 in the not too distant future, the A127 is very high up on my agenda and don’t forget the A120.”
The lunatics are definitely running this asylum.
I'm sure there are many lunatics in the Conservative run ECC, but I'm not sure what is wrong with a park & ride scheme. I've used these sort of things before. Going to an unfamilar place, parking in a secure, accessable area, and letting someone else worry about getting the right lane, unfamiliar speed limits etc reduces the stress level a lot. I wonder if the land next to the BP garage on ther current J7 could also be used as a park & ride scheme at some point? Also close to the M11, also has the potential to reduce traffic on congested roads into Harlow at peak times. Maybe the "lunatics" at Conservative ECC will get some inspiration in the future?
Possibly five or six round-abouts between Junction 7a and the A 414, can you envisage the traffic jams that will un-doubtedly occur ? Also, the boy racers will have great fun, speeding from Jct 7 to 7a via the A414, around their own mini race track.