What is happening?
The area around Junction 8 of the M11 is increasingly congested and lacking capacity at peak times. Planned developments in the north of Bishop’s Stortford and local growth planned in East Herts and Uttlesford will lead to an increasing amount of traffic using the junctions in the years ahead as London Stansted Airport continues to grow.
Since 2015, we have been investigating improvements to the A120 and slip road access to Junction 8 of the M11. Our studies showed that the best short- to medium-term solution would be to improve off-slip lane capacity onto Junction 8 of the M11 with a widened A120 signalised junction, to help meet future network demand.
Following a successful bid in 2017 for the Department for Transport’s National Productivity Investment Fund, we are now in a position to move forward with our plans to improve Junction 8 of the M11 and A120 West.
The scheme will:
- Improve access between the M11 and A120 with London Stansted Airport, Bishop's Stortford, Birchanger Services and Takeley
- Reduce congestion and improve capacity on the M11 Junction 8 exit slips and the A120
- Support future plans for housing, employment and business developments
John Sisk & Son was appointed as contractor for the scheme in August 2021, with investigation works starting on site in September 2021.
It is currently anticipated that construction will take approximately 18 months to be completed because certain works on the motorway network and the Essex County Council network cannot be constructed at the same time, to help mitigate the level of disruption.
The latest information about the scheme and regular progress updates will be posted on this webpage.
We are doing all we can to minimise traffic disruption and apologise in advance for any inconvenience our works may cause.
If you have any questions about the construction works, please contact the John Sisk & Son construction team on 07442981580. Alternatively, if you have questions about the scheme, please contact Essex County Council at m11J8@essexhighways.org.