More than £9 million has been secured by Essex County Council to tackle congestion and improve key routes in Essex.
The key infrastructure funding was announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling yesterday (Thursday) and offers a huge boost for those who use the M11 and A120, as well as other surrounding roads.
£4.09 million has been promised by the Department for Transport towards a £10 million scheme to upgrade Junction 8 on the M11. This key junction can often become a pinch point for commuters and holidaymakers using the M11, A120 and nearby London Stansted Airport. The improvement also helps to support the local plans in the area, in particular that of Uttlesford, but also East Hertfordshire. The scheme is being part-funded by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) and the Greater Cambridgeshire and Peterborough LEP as well as London Stansted Airport.
£4.95 million has also been pledged towards new slip roads linking the A120 to Millennium Way giving much-needed relief to the notorious pinch-point at Galleys Corner. The scheme will also provide better access to Freeport Shopping Village. Given the scheme’s importance to accommodating growth it is being part funded by Braintree District Council, Highways England and Essex County Council.
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader for Essex County Council, said: “This funding will give a huge boost to regional economic growth along what are key routes for so many people who travel in and around Essex.
“Investment in roads infrastructure is vital to regional economic growth and I am delighted the Government is recognising the importance of investing in Essex by contributing this funding to help make these essential upgrades a reality.
“This funding comes just a week after Essex County Council was named as Transport Local Authority of the Year in the National Transport Awards. It is great to see our hard work behind the scenes and with partners to build a strong case for improvements to key routes across Essex is being recognised and is resulting in clear benefits for our residents, businesses and visitors to the county.
“This funding will change the lives of thousands of people not only in Essex, but across the country.”
Cllr Lynette Bowers-Flint, Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing at Braintree District Council, said: “We’re delighted that the Department for Transport is supporting the Millennium Slip roads project with almost £5m of funding. The close partnership between us, Highways England and Essex County Council has been critical in this successful funding bid and will continue throughout the scheme design and construction.
“The project will address capacity issues affecting the road network around Braintree now and in the future and provide much needed congestion relief and free up capacity at Galleys Corner.”
Christian Brodie, Chairman of SELEP, said “SELEP warmly welcomes the £18m of investment in schemes across Essex, Southend and Kent. These schemes, endorsed and championed by SELEP, will support local economic growth by reducing congestion and improving business efficiency.”