Detailed plans to transform the way people travel in Harlow have been revealed

Planning / Tue 23rd Aug 2022 at 04:32pm

DETAILED plans to transform the way people travel in Harlow have been revealed.

Designed to make it easier to leave the car at home and instead use public transport, cycle or walk, the proposals aim to make the town a safer, greener, healthier and more sustainable place to live and work.

Led by Essex County Council, the ‘North to Centre Sustainable Transport Corridor’ will see the creation of new and improved walking, cycling and rapid bus transit provision between Burnt Mill Roundabout and Harlow Town Centre.

Part of £172 million of funding granted by Homes England to support the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town programme, the corridor will ultimately connect the Gilston development in the north and the town centre in the south. It is also planned that other corridors will be created to connect the new and existing communities across the town.

Cllr Lesley Wagland OBE, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Renewal, Infrastructure and Planning, said: “Over the coming years Harlow will see significant growth and it’s critical we support this with the required transport infrastructure which meets targets set for sustainable travel.

“To do this we must, to be frank, make it easier and simpler to leave the car at home. The new sustainable transport corridors will do this, providing not just safer, segregated walking and cycling infrastructure, but also high-quality bus rapid transit, providing consistent shuttle services every few minutes.”

Integral to the proposals are dedicated and segregated walking and cycling routes plus the creation of bus priority lanes for high-frequency rapid bus services, as well as services buses. The scheme objectives are to target the creation of easy connections for key destinations in the town and the planned areas of new development by these sustainable forms of transport.

Once completed, the new STC will help promote health and wellbeing and support the Garden Town’s transport objective of 50% of journeys from existing Harlow communities and 60% of those from the new garden communities to be made sustainably.

Naisha Polaine, Director Harlow and Gilston Garden Town, said: “The Garden Town’s ambition is to create safer, greener and healthier ways to travel in and around Harlow. We want to help improve the health and wellbeing of residents already here and those to come, through making it easier not to travel by car.”

To see details and comment on the proposals for the North to Centre STC visit www.essexhighways.org/Harlow-Sustainable-Transport-Corridors.

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15 Comments for Detailed plans to transform the way people travel in Harlow have been revealed:

2022-08-23 19:29:10

“planned areas of new development”, we’ll what existing? And no point making new bus lanes when the traffic in Harlow is already a joke and there aren’t any buses to hardly use the existing lanes as it is!!!

Kim Oconnor
2022-08-23 19:36:56

Not realistic is it. You talk about health and well-being,,,and greener haha When all your doing is destroying out green belt in abundance, a bit hypocritical don't you think. Look what your going to be doing to the only peaceful place we have in Harlow, the River stort valley, you want to build a 4 lane road right across this beautiful river, and build on our wetlands, that's not being greener is it. Destroying hundreds of old trees, Destroying habitat s ect ect. So you can connect us all up. This is hypocritical and the infrastructure for not using our cars , we'll I don't think I'll see this in my life time. This is all about greed, not what the local people want, because theses unaffordable housing estates will be unaffordable to most here in Harlow. This plan is all about profit, pure and simple, with no consideration for our green spaces.

2022-08-23 20:31:44

Where are these detailed plans? There's been a sham of a "consultation" on the propaganda hggt website, no publication on Your Harlow , no consultation via local organisations like charities, libraries, no feedback forms anywhere visible like a permanent stall in the Harvey Centre, the LeisureZone, no feedback on local consultion, no open discussion in Council meetings, no consultation at local regular ward meetings. The planning documents published on planning site shows a poor scheme that will not solve transport switching modes of travel, rather looking wider at the overall plan (?) for Harlow j7a) plus the Eastern raised road (that will also increase congestion and flooding ) will all increase congestion, pollution and gridlock on the East of the town. The whole town needs to upgrade cycle tracks, add more routes link them into a proper network, provide routes for electric scooters and provide frequent efficient low cost buses around and from all parts of the town where park and 4 ride hubs need to be established NWES on the perimeter of the town. To focus on Burnt Mill is simply inadequate. The plan is just a greenwashing by hggt pfp who have fooled Harlow Councillors and have the Conservatives right up to government level in their pockets. They totally ignored the alternative plans proposed by the reports published by Friends of Latton Island who were supported by recognised ecology experts and even engineers from the consultants engaged by hggt (ignored by hggt) so, taking all the above into account how can anyone have any trust in the these detailed plans? Had proper, transparent and well an extensive detailed consultation taken place things might be different, certainly these plans would be, they couldn't even build new cycleways from j7a or along Edinburgh Way when works were done nor at any stage in the developments along the A414 as it was developed from j7!

2022-08-23 20:35:52

Load of rubbish. What was this Councillor awarded an OBE for? For services to hot air?

2022-08-23 21:01:04

Is all this happening before the 'phantom' hospital we keep hearing about? And why make it easier to get to a town centre thats lost any of its appeal,unless you want to buy drugs in the old market sight.

2022-08-23 22:03:36

How about improving the cycle tracks we already have & connecting Gilden park with a cycle track? I'm a new cyclist & am shocked at the state of some of our tracks!!

2022-08-23 23:20:57

it would be a start to get buses that actually turn up instead of missing routes, so annoying when i go to work and the bus doesnt turn up, this is pie in the sky im affraid

Jack Frost
2022-08-24 05:58:57

Alas more cash being used up at an alarming rate on private consultations with plenty of cheese and wine flowing freely no doubt 😊

2022-08-24 07:33:34

This is all about links for the yet to be built Gilston estates, Harlow is a mere 'tavk on' to all this consultant -dpeak.

2022-08-24 07:51:14

This won’t happen. They won’t be able to afford the fuel costs to build it. WARNING “ s@#tstorm coming “

Nicholas Taylor
2022-08-24 08:04:30

This whole scheme is a complete sham and will be a waste of public money at a time when this Country is effectively broke. The simple fact is that Fifth Avenue, Elizabeth Way and the A414 at Gilston are already choked with traffic during the early morning and from about 4.30 in the evening until about 6.00pm. Vehicles are being driven by people who are entering and exiting the town who will never get on a bus to go to and from the Town Centre simply because where they are coming from and going to is outside of the area, in places such as Hertford and Sawbridgeworth. Unless there is a Park and Ride scheme put in place as part of these current proposals driving habits will not change. With the best will in the world, even if 60% of journeys taken by the new residents of the Gilston development is by bus and bike, it still means thousands more cars will be on the roads locally each day, driven by residents of the 13,000 new homes built around Harlow.

Kim Oconnor
2022-08-24 09:28:25


David Forman
2022-08-24 11:40:41

To use bicycles for commuting employers need to provide cycle racks, lockers for cycle clothing and showers. These were the facilities I discovered when finishing my apprenticeship for British Telecom International back in 1982. These facilities are now available at HTS so why not at other employers?

2022-08-24 11:52:06

The Waylands,Polaines, and supporters of HGGT will wonder why the traffic jam starts at the end of their drive,still if the short distance drivers who are moaning about the traffic gridlock are too wheezy and prediabetic to even walk round the corner shop then poetic justice will have been served.Another greenwash soundbite from HGGT trying to distract from the environmental vandalism of the Stort Crossing and how do you think that 50% or 60% of journeys will be sustainable when people are already anaethetized by their own car exhausts to realise that walking and cycling short distance is the best option.My other car is a pushbike(which is insured by way) and is by far the quickest,healthiest way for getting to the town centre especially in the rush hour and whilst obviously not everyone has the option to cycle it will remain first choice for distances up to about 10 miles rather than using the car.

2022-08-24 17:16:35

I have a really good idea, how about you let people ride E-scooters to work. Saves on buses cabs and cars. And the best bit it costs the tax payer nothing!

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