Works on Cambridge Road in Harlow due to be complete in April

News / Tue 19th Mar 2024 at 08:25am

A ROAD improvement scheme to support a key business area in Harlow is on track to be completed next month.

The Cambridge Road scheme, which is funded through Homes England, the Towns Fund and in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council, is the first phase of the new Harlow and Gilston Garden town led transport infrastructure.

Traffic has, to date, only been only able to enter and leave the Templefields Industrial Estate and Enterprise Zone area at its western end via Edinburgh Road and River Way.

To provide improved, quicker access to the recently completed M11 J7a, a new entrance and exit on the A1184 Cambridge Road has been developed. This will provide additional access to and from the eastern end of the industrial estate.

Additional pedestrian facilities are also being provided, promoting safer, greener and healthier travel in the area.

Overnight road closures have been in place over the last week to undertake resurfacing works.

Following the completion of resurfacing, the next stage of works will see new traffic signals installed, landscaping completed, and then demobilisation from the site.

During this period, temporary two-way lights will be required to keep everybody safe. These will be removed as soon as possible.

Councillor Tom Cunningham, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure and Sustainable Transport, said: “The team have been working hard to ensure that the scheme is delivered on schedule, and we thank residents for bearing with us during these works.

“Templefields is an important part of Harlow, not only providing significant manufacturing space at present but also longer-term development opportunities. Improving access will support economic growth, and also help better manage traffic.

“The scheme also forms part of the wider transport infrastructure we need to deliver to support the future Harlow and Gilston Garden Town development.”

Councillor Michael Hardware, Harlow Council Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, said: “It is essential that Harlow’s infrastructure improves to enable the planned growth of the town, particularly growth to the north of Harlow.

“This important project will create significantly improved access to a key location in the town, meaning better journey times and easing congestion for residents and local businesses, while helping to unlock economic growth and development opportunities.”

Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Director, Naisha Polaine, added: “Bringing benefits to local people is a key priority of the Garden Town project and residents are going to continue to see these delivered over time.

“We’re starting with better transport connections at Cambridge Road and will continue to work to give people more choice around public transport, walking and cycling.”

For more information on the scheme, visit www.essexhighways.org/harlow-cambridge-road.

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14 Comments for Works on Cambridge Road in Harlow due to be complete in April:

Peter Kinsella
2024-03-19 09:01:12

Of course the work has to be completed, but surely there should be some sort of communication about timing. At almost precisely the time the traffic lights went on in Harlow Road, others went up for gas workings for eight days on the roundabout at the other end of Sawbridgeworth (junction of London Road, West Road and Station Road). result: long queues both north and south of Sawbridgeworth. I sometimes feel that living on the Herts and Essex border is rather like sitting between Mexico and the USA.

2024-03-19 09:24:13

Does that mean the roundabout at the Mill station is going to be even more busy ? Harlow does need massive overhaul of roads The town is big enough for an outer dualled ring road, so freight traffic can move to both pinnacles & templefields much easier, along with dual road from train station to A414 & to town centre

2024-03-19 09:45:46

A hair brained project to support the even crazier idea of destroying the River Stort Valley with the worst of all plans with a cultverted raised road barrier crossing from Pye Corner to River Way that'll just add to the congestion. Bobbog is right. A southern by pass from J7 to Eastwick and J7a rerouted to the north are both needed before the East of the town is completely gridlocked. It's one of the few ways to compensate for the huge error and departure from the Gibberd plan when Highways built the M11 on the wrong side of town. Ever since Essex CC Highways have thrown nearly a billion pounds worth of funding at roads in the East of the town (starting with the A414 being made into a dual carriageway at Hastingwood) making the same fundamental mistake again and again. Repeating an action in the hope of getting a different result is a sign of insanity (Einstein).

Gary Scott
2024-03-19 09:48:49

Nice yellow lines they will be great, can't get any where there needed

Shaun Firth
2024-03-19 10:50:54

What about the awful potholes beyond the Stort bridge towards Sawbridgeworth? We’ve been putting up with disruption for months due to this work so why not some benefit for local people?

Tim Shaw
2024-03-19 13:31:01

I guess time will tell. I suspect cars will turn left if they can and go Sawbridgeworth direction, High Wych and A414. Interesting to see the amount of cars and timing of lights to see if it impacts Gates roundabout. J7a should always have been linked to A414 by to reduce the traffic coming from Hertford A414 to use the M11

2024-03-19 13:33:51

People, we live in the modern world, we drive cars, we consume stuff which has to be delivered, we create waste, we keep everyone alive as long as possible, time is so critical that we can't waste a second. The consequence is that we need, indeed demand, roads. Yes, a dual carriageway across the Stort will not be attractive but we will get used to it. The A414 already crosses the Stort on an elevated section, does anyone actually notice it. And Tower Bridge, does anyone complain about it.

Cone hater
2024-03-19 13:41:29

About time they repaired the drain or whatever it is opposite gates Edinburgh way and got rid of the bloody cones !! 😡😡😡😡😡

Also a Cone hater
2024-03-19 14:09:58

I agree with Cone hater, they have been there for ages, with little to no warning signs.. and if the right-hand lane is full you have no choice but to stop on the clearway, or run into them... I do wonder how many times they have been crashed into over the months.

Guy Flegman
2024-03-19 15:16:27

You can only turn left into riverway when heading from the gates roundabout towards Sawbridgeworth and you can only turn right out of riverway towards the gates roundabout. This means whether you are entering or leaving riverway you have to go around the gates roundabout first. Once in riverway there are a couple of factories within 100 meters of the traffic lights and have vehicle and Lorrie’s entering and exiting all day long. So it looks like it’s going to be chaotic at best to me. I should also add that the real reason for this junction is because the need to close the railway bridge at the other end of riverway for major changes to accommodate the new link road to glisten, so the only access to riverway for some time will be the new junction. Once both entrances to riverway and the glisten road are finished riverway will become a rat run for all the traffic that does not want the congestion on Edinburgh way. I expect an exodus of businesses from riverway as a result.

Peter Henegan
2024-03-19 18:26:16

Guy, I spoke to the company doing the works recently They told me the work would finish in April, I thought they also told me that access/exit would be in both directions

Phil Bodycote
2024-03-20 08:33:25

This will be a good thing. As somebody who runs a business on Edinburgh Way, the traffic reduction an only be a good thing from Gates to Tesco. All the people trying to get into Templefields from the Gates roundabout will now be re-routed. The Gates roundabout is never busy. Now, if only somebody would think about putting traffic lights on both the Mark Hall roundabouts, traffic jams would actually reduce, residents of Church Langley and Newhall would actually be able to get out of their estates without people returning!!

Guy Flegman
2024-03-20 09:33:34

Peter. I suggest you look at the plan. My factory is next to the construction site and as it is near completion it looks just like the plan. With entry only from gates roundabout and you can only exit towards gates roundabout. They have also made a small access to a yard that at the moment has been used to park HGV’s, but from what I see you will be hard pressed to get such a vehicle round the turning. When I asked why the turning was so small I was told they had to set aside some of the land for trees, which are required as part of any new developments in what was the enterprise zone of riverway way.

2024-03-20 17:57:38

Quicker the better. As a frequent customer at the nearby Premier Inn its been a lottery avoiding the fools driving through red lights on the roadworks.

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