Road users across Essex are set to benefit from a successful £1.5 million funding bid towards a vital new junction on the M11.
Essex County Council (ECC) made the successful bid to the Department of Transport through the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).
The funding will now contribute to ongoing works designing and creating the new Junction 7a, between Junction 7 and 8 on the M11.
These plans will be shaped by the results of a recent consultation into the plans which is due to be released next month (September).
Cllr Rodney Bass, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “I am delighted at the success of our funding bid.
“Junction 7a is a very important enhancement to the M11 that we believe, and always have believed, should take place.
“ECC as highways authority, Highways England and those involved in the economic growth zone of Harlow firmly believe that Junction 7a is vital to the future of Harlow and its economic enhancement.
“We recently engaged in a consultation which has now closed not on whether junction 7a should take place, but how.
“It is vital we now move quickly to ensure residents and businesses in Essex feel the benefit of this funding as soon as possible.”
Christian Brodie, Chairman of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “A new junction improving access to Harlow from the M11 is vital to the success of the town’s Enterprise Zone, and this funding gives vital impetus to the project.
“The success of the funding bid highlights what can be achieved by SELEP working in cooperation with Government and local authorities in the region, and we look forward to developing the case to take this project forward and supporting local economic growth .”