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Harlow Star - M11 junction 7A plans approved by Essex County Council

M11 Junction 7A is set to be built to Harlow's north after the contested plans were approved by the county council. The controversial proposals, which could see traffic increase along roads near Sheering by 71 per cent, were agreed by Essex County Council's cabinet.

County Hall members are keen to pass the new junction which they believe will: Create a key east to west link to help move traffic smoothly out of Harlow onto the M11, reduce congestion on the north to south links through Harlow and towards Junction 7 and provide opportunities for housing and business developments.

The meeting follows months of consultations after councillor Rodney Bass presented proposals in May. The junction was then given the blessing of Harlow Council and sent to Essex County Council for final review.

At a meeting today the cabinet decided to back plans.

Councillor Kevin Bentley, deputy leader and cabinet member for economic growth and infrastructure, said: “This is great news for the people of Harlow and Essex as a whole.

“Junction 7A offers a much-needed link for residents and business across West Essex to the rest of the country. Modern transport infrastructure is vital to support business growth, which in turn helps the county prosper.

“That is why I will be pushing hard to ensure we work with partners to deliver this improvement to the M11 as soon as possible.”

The currently quiet B road Gilden Way will be transformed into a busy carriageway, that in places, will be three lanes wide. A new roundabout will also be built.

Old Harlow residents strongly opposed the plans over noise, congestion and safety concerns.

This article was first published on 14/12/16 and can be read here.