M11 Junction 7a and widening of Gilden Way

Closed 6 Jul 2016

Opened 11 May 2016


Harlow is already one of Essex’s success stories with the Enterprise Zone moving forward rapidly and Public Health England relocating to the town.

But, it is also severely limited by the lack of road capacity and connectivity, restricting growth that is essential to provide the platform for regenerating the area

We have spent four years investigating options to improve Harlow’s road network and are now putting forward the proposed scheme as we believe our work has shown this to be the optimum solution to overcome the lack of capacity and connectivity in and around Harlow.

The M11 Junction 7a and widening of Gilden Way proposals will:

  • create a key east/west link, which will move traffic smoothly out of Harlow onto the M11;
  • reduce congestion on the north/south links through Harlow and towards Junction 7; and
  • provide opportunities for home and  business developments.


The proposed scheme

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The scheme begins by widening Gilden Way from the London Road roundabout to Marsh Lane, to create a three lane road. This would allow an additional lane for traffic approaching Harlow. The widening will all be accommodated within the existing highway boundaries or on land owned by Harlow District Council.

From the end of Marsh Lane a new road will be built, replacing part of the existing road, to link the improved Gilden Way to the M11 via a new Sheering Road roundabout.


From the new Sheering Road roundabout, the link continues in a north easterly direction to a second roundabout located south of Pincey Brook. The road then continues and rises gradually to the new motorway roundabout junction on the western side of the M11.Two new roundabouts will be constructed on either side of the M11 and connected by a new bridge over the M11. There will be slip roads on and off the M11 for both north-bound and south-bound traffic.  


Traffic travelling from the new M11 junction to Harlow will exit the new roundabout, on the western side of the M11, and travel down a wide two lane road to the new Sheering Road roundabout. 


The scheme will enhance:

Operational Safety

The proposed scheme includes:

  • Moving the road away from current homes on Sheering Road between Gilden Way and Pincey Brook Bridge.
  • The current Sheering Road will then be converted into an access road for residents of The Campions, which will connect via a new junction to improve the safety of residents of The Campions (when exiting and entering the main road).
  • There is the potential to improve access to Mayfield Farm pending discussion with the landowner.


Traffic Management on Gilden Way

For routes connecting to Gilden Way the proposed scheme includes:

  • Sheering Lower Road restricted to local access only.
  • HGV through movements restricted in Old Harlow.
  • HGV through movements restricted in Churchgate Street.
  • Gilden Way speed limit reduced to 40mph
  • No right turns in or out of Mulberry Green, except for buses.


Walking and Cycling

The proposed scheme does not sever but rather provides continuity to existing walking and cycling routes. It includes three signalised crossings at key locations and improves Public Rights of Way. 

Consultation materials

A consultation document, summarising the key information about the scheme, traffic forecasts and environmental impacts can be downloaded. We strongly advise that you take the time to read the consultation document before responding to this consultation. 

Why We Are Consulting

We need to understand the views of everyone who may use or be affected by the scheme. We are asking you:

  • Does the proposed scheme meet the scheme objectives set by us (Essex County Council)?
  • For your view of the scheme and of the environmental findings.


This consultation is your opportunity to tell us what you think of the proposal, what works, your concerns and any local or specialist knowledge that may help us to improve the scheme.

You can respond using the online survey below, or 

  • Email: you can email your response to: M11J7a@essex.gov.uk
  • Post: you can send you response to:
    Jacobs Ltd
    PO Box 73575
    SE1P 5YH


Essex County Council is holding four public consultation exhibitions to present the scheme design and members of the project team and ECC officers will be available to answer any questions you may have. 

St John’s Art and Recreation Centre

  • St Johns Walk, Old Harlow, CM17 0AJ
  • Friday, 3rd June 2016.  2pm - 8pm

Sheering Village Hall

  • Situated off The Street, almost opposite the War Memorial (CM22 7LX)
  • Wednesday 8th June 2016. 2pm-8pm

Harlow Central Library

  • The High, Harlow, Essex CM20 1HA
  • Thursday 16th June 2016. 1pm-6pm

Church of the Assumption

  • Mulberry Green, Old Harlow, CM17 0AH 
  • Friday 17th June 2016. 2pm-8pm



What Happens Next

Once the consultation has closed on the 6th July 2016, all responses will be analysed and compiled into a consultation report for consideration by our technical teams. Our technical teams will consider consultation feedback and undertake route/design refinements where practicable. A final proposal will then be put forward to Essex County Council Cabinet for a decision in the Autumn of 2016. Should the scheme be approved, a planning application will then be submitted to the Local Planning Authority during the Winter of 2016. For this scheme, the Local Planning Authority is Essex County Council.


  • Partner Organisations
  • The public
  • Other interested parties.


  • All Interests