Letter to Editor: Time to get head out of sand over congestion in Harlow
Politics / Wed 20th Jan 2021 at 10:35am
This is addressed to Harlow Council leader Mark Ingall and Essex County Councillor, Eddie Johnson,
Re the article in Your Harlow Harlow today.
“Congestion, what a surprise….not. A five year old could have predicted this.
Wait until Harlow North and the Epping development on the south side of town are both built and we will have total gridlock.
It is likely to happen well before that time as we get more commuter traffic to the Public Health England Laboratories site and the Science Park and as New Hall and other populations in the new housing sites grow.
We need a motorway standard ring road north AND South before the town chokes to death.”
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One of the main causes of Harlow's traffic congestion is that our town is too crowded. According to Wikipedia, 87,000 people are crowded into Harlow's 11.79 square miles. That's a population density of 7,350 per square mile. This makes Harlow the second most overcrowded town in Essex, after Southend, and the 63rd most overcrowded town in Britain. That's obviously going to create traffic congestion. And ever year, more and more houses and flats are crammed into our already over overcrowded town. The Local Plan will cram 9000 more homes into Harlow and eventual doubling of our population. How can this level of develpment be anything but unsustainable? Its as though Harlow is being turned into another London borough against the wishes of its people - most Harlow families moved here to get away from London overcrowding.