UK-based construction company Graham has been selected as the main contractor to deliver a new M11 Junction 7A at Harlow, England.

Under the contract, Graham will construct a new junction and a link road, which will connect the motorway with Gilden Way, east of Harlow, and a new east-west link through the town.

The funding for the project is provided through Highways England, the Department for Transport, Essex County Council and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.

The construction firm will also widen the current B183 that will create an additional lane heading westbound and provide two lanes to the current London Road Roundabout, connecting the A414.

The project follows advanced works completed in Gilden Way last year. The works included the diversion of existing utilities to carry out the widening works to reduce potential delays in the future.

Graham along with its design partner AECOM will now begin the detailed design work before the start of full construction.

The new M11 Junction 7A and the widening of Gilden Way will reduce congestion on the north-south links through Harlow and towards Junction 7 and allow the traffic to move smoothly out of Harlow on to the M11.

Essex County Council deputy leader and cabinet member for infrastructure Kevin Bentley said: “This new junction will not only be a boost to the thousands of people who are travelling into and out of Harlow on a daily basis through alleviating some of the congestion issues in the town, but offers new public transport opportunities and will help further unlock the economic potential of Harlow through supporting business growth in the area.”

Construction work on Gilden Way/Sheering Road is expected to begin in late spring this year while the works on the motorway junction and link road are anticipated to commence in summer/autumn 2020.

Graham said that the new junction is scheduled to open in 2022.


Image: Graham to build new M11 Junction 7A at Harlow, UK. (Credit: GRAHAM Group)