Harlow Infrastructure

Harlow roads and cyclewaysHarlow’s transport infrastructure deficit has been identified as a major issue for both local business and residents. Industry is located on the northern and western sides of the town, creating congestion, as the motorway link is to the east. The A414 runs directly through the town and one of the main industrial areas, with through traffic contributing to internal congestion. The town’s resident population of over 80,000, and working population of over 40,000, struggles to cope with only two major routes into and out of the town.

New M11 Junction 7a

A brand new Junction 7a on the M11 is set to open in 2021 helping to ease traffic in Harlow and create vital new infrastructure to support economic growth and local businesses.

Preparation work is set to start winter 2017 after planning permission has been granted for both the junction and improvements to Gilden Way in 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.

For more information visit: ECC website - M11 Junction 7a and widening of Gilden Way

Other major road improvements

The A414 is the prime distribution route for Harlow town, as well as a through route between Chelmsford, Hertford and beyond. Essex County Council has been reviewing the A414 route through Harlow, as the area suffers from severe congestion in peak periods.

The following information outlines a number of highways schemes designed to reduce congestion and spur economic growth and regeneration by making traffic flows smoother and journey times more predictable.


Harlow Town rail station underwent a facelift to mark its 50th birthday, as a result of a partnership brokered by Harlow Renaissance. The work was funded jointly by train operator National Express East Anglia (NXEA) and Essex County Council. The £400k project primarily aimed at improving the overall appearance of the station and improving its facilities, with special attention being paid to those with mobility problems.


The following projects were completed after discussion with Essex County Council, Harlow Renaissance and the Cycle Touring Club:

  • Provision of additional cycle stands at Harlow Town station
  • Improving signage to existing cycle paths
  • Provision of a new cycle path along First Avenue, past Burnt Mill Secondary and St Alban’s Primary schools.

The Harlow-Stansted Gateway Transportation Board

Harlow-Stansted Gateway Transportation Board, chaired by Essex County Council, brings together Hertfordshires County Council, Harlow, East Herts and Epping Forest District Councils, the Highways Agency, Department for Transport, EEDA, Harlow Renaissance and private sector interests such as BAA and National Express East Anglia.

The Board is developing both short and long-term measures to address current congestion problems and longer-term infrastructure improvements, including importance of the A414 Herts-Essex link road and a new motorway junction to the north-east of Harlow.