Drivers frustrated at long delays at traffic delays on Harlow/Sawbridgeworth border
News / Tue 30th Jan 2024 at 09:41am
HARLOW residents have expressed their frustrations over the long delays caused by traffic lights on the border of Harlow and Sawbridgeworth.
Drivers are suffering delays of up to 40 minutes (both ways) to get through the signals near the Harlow Mill Beefeater restaurant at the junction of the A1184 Harlow Road and Old Road.
The signals are part of ongoing works being carried out by Essex County Council (ECC) to install a new junction.
Sawbridgeworth residents have contacted their local council regarding the delays.
Cllr Eric Buckmaster responded that he would ask Herts officers to contact Essex, but believed the phasing was set to ensure there was no congestion at the Harlow Mill roundabout.
Being at the front of the queue from Stortford on Sunday afternoon I had the distinct impression that the traffic light phasing gave as much precedence to traffic from Harlow Mill and Old Road as it did on thew A1184. If this is the case, it is rather absurd-I saw one car pull out whilst I was queueing, the queue from Harlow stretched back to Gates.
It's not surprising when your letting 4,or 5, go through on the right, to where works are, and loads more going through on the left, opposite the works. Think lights need adjusting.
What do they think is going to happen when they keep cramming in more and more housing
Absolute joke that road one thing after another better off going another way to sawbridgeworth or stortford.
I can't see this junction helping in anyway if traffic from the new junction wish to turn right unless they put in traffic lights which will cause more congestion. What motorists wil use it for is a short cut instead of sitting in traffic lights at Edinburgh way.
I’m a postie & it’s a complete nightmare cant sit in traffic for that long & it’s never ending there are constant problems
I'm sure Harlow Council never consider the mayhem they have caused with the traffic A414 coming into Harlow from the A10 queues back to Briggens even on a Saturday Now the Sawbo jams are just ridiculous no wonder no one wants to come shopping in Harlow town anymore
Why that can't resurface the mess that is the bridge over the stort and have done? Constantly filling in pothole after pothole. Do a proper job
People who are complaining about the traffic, you are the traffic! This is short term loss, for (hopefully) long term gain. The really stupid one is the permanent traffic lights on the bridge over todd brook, on the sheering road. Instead of strengthening the bridge, they are making it single file traffic 🤦🤦🤦
Is anyone managing the lights ? 45 minutes from Harlow this morning.... Complete Shambles.....
They need this new entrance to riverway as they need to close the bridge at the other end for modification. Unfortunately you will only be able to turn left into riverway and right out of river way via traffic lights. This will direct all traffic to the gates roundabout. Also worth noting that this end of riverway is narrower than the rest of riverway and there are busy factory entrances right next to the proposed new traffic lights, so I suspect mayhem to follow.
And the really bad news is that the roadworks aren’t scheduled to finish until April 6th!
ECC continues to adopt a piecemeal approach to transport, wasting money, causing pollution and congestion. It started when they ignored the Gibberd plan and built the M11 on the wrong side of town. As Gilston estate development and those under hggt pfp are built it will get considerably worse. Brace yourselves for daily gridlock.
Why is no one working after 2 pm I come through there 4 days aweek just after 2pm all gone home what a joke part time workers what a waist of money someone gets a brown envelope in the council offices
So simple,..why just to many cars on the road .why i take E bike go back way easy.
This is the result of thousands of new houses built & being built in the area while public transport is rubbish! And no major infrastructure improvements! And goodness knows what it will be like after 10,000 more houses swallow up Gilston & Eastwick, let alone the further 15,000 proposed on the Gilston Estate, which is both Green Belt AND productive farmland! If my family wasn't in Eastwick & Takeley I'd be moving further north after living here for almost 60 years.
You'd be pleasantly surprised how many bicycles could pass through those roads. I have complete sympathy for those motorists encountering delays, I'd recommend the cut through past High Wych or the Redricks Lake turning... but we really do need to look at how we commute/travel as a town, the road network just cannot cater for a car dependent Harlow. There are alternatives, public transport, trains, cycles etc. etc. - we all need to take an element of personal responsibility for our travel (and in the case of active travel, i.e. travel where you burn calories, a degree of responsibility for our health and fitness). These are just my own views, and not that of the Party I am standing alongside, but I do think it's worth making the point - that those who can travel more responsibly should consider it (obviously, those who cannot or are vulnerable should have more of the roads freed up for them to move about freely).