Overnight improvements on the M11, Essex

Published date: 4 November 2013
Type:Press release
Region: East

HIGHWAYS AGENCY News Release issued 4 November 2013

Road users will soon benefit from smoother journeys in Essex when work to resurface the M11 near Harlow begins next month.

Overnight work to restore the carriageway, repaint white lines and replace road studs is due to start at 10pm on Monday 11 November and complete by 5am on Friday 22 November, weather permitting. There will be separate closures of the southbound then northbound carriageways while work takes place.

Martin Oliver, Highways Agency Project Sponsor, said:
“The M11 is an important road in Essex, both for commuters travelling to and from London, people using Stansted airport as well as locally. This work will improve journeys for road users.

“Work has been planned to take place overnight between 10pm and 5am, avoiding the busier peak periods and minimising disruption. No work will take place on Saturday nights.

“Drivers who might be affected by this work are advised to plan ahead and leave extra time to travel.”

Work to restore the southbound carriageway will begin at 10pm on Monday 11 November for five nights and is due to be completed by 5am on Saturday 16 November. While closures are in place, road users will exit the M11 at junction 8 Birchanger and follow the A120, A1184 and A414 to rejoin the M11 at Junction 7 and continue their journey.

The northbound carriageway work is due to begin at 10pm on Sunday 18 November for five nights, completing by 5am on Friday 22 November. Road users will be diverted to leave the M11 at Junction 7 Harlow and follow the A414, A1184 and A120 to rejoin the M11 at junction 8, Birchanger to continue their journey.


Notes to Editors:


Issued by the Highways Agency.

1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. We manage, maintain and improve England’s motorways and other strategic roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.

2. Maintenance and improvement projects: We plan maintenance and improvement projects carefully to allow road works to be completed safely, in a cost effective way while keeping disruption to road users to a minimum. We do as much work as possible overnight and when roads are less busy in order to keep more lanes open for road users at peak travel times. Drivers are advised to check their route for road works and allow extra time for their journeys where needed. We have a variety of journey planning tools that road users can use to check travel conditions on the roads we manage, and we will do all we can to keep road users informed.

3. Safety at roadworks: The Highways Agency is working with the industry and road users to reduce the risks of working on the roads. For the safety of road workers and all road users, when you are approaching roadworks:

- Keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety.
- Get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching.
- Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks.
- Be alert for works’ traffic leaving or entering roadworks.
- Keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front.
- Observe all signs – they are there to help you.

4. Real-time traffic information for England’s motorways and other strategic roads is available:

- From the web at www​.highways​.gov​.uk/​t​r​a​f​fic.
- By phone from the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000 at any time. (Calls to 0300 numbers will cost no more than 5p per minute from a standard BT residential landline. Call charges from other landlines and mobile networks may vary, but will be no more than a standard geographic call and will be included in all inclusive minutes and discount schemes). Make sure it’s safe and legal before you call. Before using any mobile, find a safe place to park. Never stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency.
- On an iPhone app which will automatically select the region you are in. Free to download from the iTunes store or search for Highways Agency on your device.
- From Twitter – there are eight feeds with live traffic information provided by region. For information on roads in the south east region follow us @HAtraffic_east or for the full index visit www​.highways​.gov​.uk/​t​w​i​t​ter.

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