Improvement work begins on Junction 7 of M11
News / Wed 25th Aug 2021 at 02:55pm
HIGHWAYS England are set to carry out important improvement works to the Junction 7 roundabout and bridge – including resurfacing parts of the road.
In a letter to Harlow’s MP, Robert Halfon, the Regional Director of Highways England explained the need for the improvements and the schedule of works which he said were “essential”.
Mr Halfon welcomed the improvements but pressed Highways England to ensure that the dangerous potholes be filled as part of the planned works – particularly those at the traffic lights from the A414 onto the roundabout.
Mr Halfon said: “I have lobbied both the Government and Highways England over many years to invest in improving Junction 7, as well as building the new £81 million Junction 7a. I am pleased that these much-needed works will now be carried out and that Highways England are doing all they can to ensure that as little disruption as possible is caused.
“I have pressed Highways England to ensure that the resurfacing works cover all the areas on the roundabout that need to be resurfaced. I will continue to work hard to secure improvements to our transport infrastructure so that we build an even better Harlow.”
Work started on Monday 23 August and will take approximately four weeks to complete, subject to weather conditions. Our work will be carried out overnight, between 9pm and 5am, weeknights only.
Work will be completed in two phases, one for each bridge. To carry it out safely, we will close the road and divert traffic as follows:
Phase 1: Hastingwood Roundabout South Bridge, from Monday 23 August to Friday 3 September
Traffic will be diverted onto Epping Road and the B1393 northbound to return to Hastingwood Roundabout.
Phase 2: Hastingwood Roundabout North Bridge, from Monday 6 September to Friday 17 September
Traffic will be diverted onto the A1169, Water Lane and Epping Road towards Epping Green. Traffic will continue on Epping Road to the A414 to return to Hastingwood Roundabout.
Interesting - just found a press report (harlowherald24) dated 4/12/2008 that says "Potholes could soon be a rare sight in Essex"! It says "The Making Potholes History (MPH) sceme will aim to repair potholes rapidly and permanently". An ECC Councillor added "Successful trials ... have shown us we can make our roads network better and tackle potholes early". So what went wrong, because if anything in those 12+ years since ECC provided information that created that report the problems have become worse and certainly not what the public expected. Can we trust what the County Council say? Maybe it is mere boast expecting to give the public something to look forward to? Can they now state what went wrong with MPH?
J7a might be great, but the badly thought out road network connected to it into Harlow will cause more chaos than the pot holes! ECC, regional road planners and our regional MPs should really look at the bigger picture as well as fixing pot holes.
Been divered twice now onto motorway at this roundabout without adequate signage or means of escape creating upto a 30 mile diversion . Hiw the he'll has this been allowed to happen. What if I was a learner driver or on a moped and wasn't allowed on the motorway.?! Or if I was low on fuel to do that amount of mileage. Who's responsible for this mess?