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A414 Pinch Point Package


Approval Status


Fully Approved

Delivery Status


LGF Project Delivered

Project Completion Date


Spring 2019

Harlow currently suffers from severe congestion in peak periods. The A414 is the principal access route to the Enterprise Zone and is also, both the prime distributor for the town, and the major through route between Chelmsford, Hertford and beyond. The purpose of the scheme, therefore, is to improve the reliability of access to the Enterprise Zone and alleviate the existing congestion across the town, making the Enterprise Zone and Harlow, as a whole, a more attractive place to invest, retain existing business and to allow the town to grow and regenerate. Without improvements to this main corridor through the town, economic vitality and growth will not happen and the potential of the town to support sub-regional growth and prosperity will be lost.

This package aims to alleviate congestion along the A414 within Harlow, with particular attention to a key section through north-eastern Harlow, which suffers from the most significant traffic flows and is in close proximity to the two Enterprise Zone sites. This package of improvements will address three further junctions of the A414 and the ones that suffer the worst congestion. Reliable movement to/from and between the Enterprise Zones in Harlow is essential for the attraction of business investment and the creation of new high quality jobs and has been identified as a high priority for SELEP, and all associated authorities.

The A414 Pinch Point package contains:

  • A414/First Avenue/Gilden Way junction improvement – addition of left turn slips and expanded carriageway;
  • A414/Cambridge Road junction improvement – widened approaches and left turn slips;
  • Upgrading Edinburgh Way (A414) to dual carriageway with upgraded cycle and footways.

Many of these measures complement, but are not dependent upon, those identified in the M11 corridor package, which aims to improve junctions 7 and 8 of the M11, and to provide a new access to Harlow via an incremental junction 7A, which will ultimately provide network improvements across the town.

Capital Programme delivery update

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SELEP Capital Investment Programme

£579m of investment to East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock

In total the SELEP Growth Deal with Government has brought £579m of investment to East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock. Over the lifetime of the Growth Deal (2015-2021) we aim to deliver 78,000 jobs and 29,000 homes across the SELEP area, with the Deal set to attract a further £960m of investment into the South East over the six year period.

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Funding value: £10.487m
Total Project cost: £25.038m
Return to Capital Investment