Important News From Highways England Re: M11 Junction 8

Highways England have released some important roadworks information.


 M11 junction 8 Birchanger Roundabout: lighting renewal

We (HIGHWAYS ENGLAND) write to inform you that we will be carrying out essential lighting renewal work at the above location. As part of this work we will be renewing all the existing electrical cables and lighting columns.

We plan to complete this work over fifteen weeks from Monday 14 December to Thursday 15 April, working between the hours of 8pm and 6am on weeknights, subject to weather conditions.

We will be stopping all works on our network for the Christmas period from Friday 18 December to Monday 4 January, works will continue after this period.

The majority of this work will be carried out under lane closures however, full carriageway closures will be required for a few shifts to complete this work. Due to the extensive amount of work taking place, we have split the carriageway closures into five phases. Details of each phase are listed below:

Diversion routes

From Monday 14 December to Thursday 15 of April, we will be carrying out works on Birchanger Roundabout which will require lane closures and temporary traffic lights. We will not be completely closing the roundabout so traffic will be able to travel through here however, please expect some disruption.

Phase 1: M11 junction 8 Birchanger Roundabout, southbound exit slip closure on Friday 5 February (one night)

Southbound traffic will continue on the M11 to junction 7 to turn around and exit the M11 using the junction 8 northbound exit slip road (Diagram 1)

Phase 2: M11 junction 8 Birchanger Roundabout, southbound entry slip closure on Friday 19 February (one night)

Traffic will be diverted onto the A120 to join the M11 southbound from Priory Wood Roundabout (Diagram 2)

Phase 3: M11 junction 8 Birchanger Roundabout, northbound exit slip closure on Monday 22 February (one night)

Traffic will be diverted off the M11 onto the A120 at Priory Wood Roundabout to join Birchanger Roundabout to continue their journey (Diagram 2)

Phase 4: M11 junction 8 Birchanger Roundabout, northbound entry slip closure on Friday 5 March (one night)

Traffic will be diverted on the M11 southbound to junction 7 to turn around and join the M11 northbound (Diagram 1)

Phase 5: M11 junction 8 in both directions, on Monday 15 March and Thursday 18 March (two nights)

Traffic will be diverted off the M11 via the junction 8 exit slip roads to travel over Birchanger Roundabout and re-join the M11 from the entry slip roads, in both directions. (Diagram 3)

We will also be carrying out further resurfacing in the area in the new year and will notify you of these works in due course.

Safer Essex Roads Partnership

If you, or one of your employees or colleagues are involved in a road crash, the consequences can last for months or even years. The lost output, repair costs, vehicle replacement, staff absence and admin can be expensive, as can the damage to your professional reputation if your vehicle is branded. There is also the pain, suffering and grief experienced by the driver or others caught up in the incident.

If you drive or operate vehicles as part of your business in Essex the Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) are offering free help and advice. Using the Driving for Better Business programme they offer free, no obligation, confidential guidance; with 1 in 3 crashes on our roads involving someone who is at work it’s well worth a look. It will save money. It will save lives. 

Managing Pavement Parking

The Government is consulting on managing pavement parking. It is likely that the Department for Transport (DfT) will legislate against Footway Parking in some form (either by decriminalising Obstructive Footway Parking or banning it entirely). The consultation is seeking views on the Traffic Regulation Order making process, the introduction of a new civil contravention of unnecessary obstruction of the pavement and the introduction of an overall pavement parking ban.

The closing date for the consultation is 22nd November 2020 and details can be found at the following link: –

Important roadworks information – M11 J7-8 drainage renewal

The Parish Council has received the following notification from Highways England:

Important roadworks information

Dear Sir/Madam

M11 junction 7 to 8: drainage renewal

I write to inform you that we’ll be carrying out essential drainage renewal works at the above location, in both directions.

We plan to complete this work over eleven weeks, from Monday 5 October to Friday 18 December, working between the hours of 7.30am to 6pm, subject to weather conditions. The work will be carried out under lane closures which will be in place 24 hours a day, alongside our weekend closures detailed below.

There will be four weekend full closures on the M11 northbound between junctions 7 and 8 from Friday 6 November to Monday 9November, Friday 13 November to Monday 16 November, Friday 20 November to Monday 23 November, and Friday 4 December to Monday 7 December, working between the hours of Friday 10pm to Monday 5am.

Diversion routes

Traffic will be diverted off the M11 at junction 7 to join the A414, along the A10 northbound and onto the A120 eastbound, to re-join the M11 at junction 8. We expect this will add approximately 35 minutes to your journey.

A diagram of the diversion route can be found below:

Map showing diversion along A414, A10 and A120

10 July 2019: Abbotsford Bridge – progress update July 2019

Temporary river diversion works are complete and the carriageway surface has been carefully removed to expose utility services that run through the structure.  

It will not be necessary for BT cables and a main sewer pipe to be diverted during the works as we have constructed a temporary structure to support these pipes and cables during the construction period. This is now in place and operational.

Other pipes and cables require diverting temporarily over the watercourse (electric, gas and water supplies).  A second scaffold system has been constructed in advance of the works. 

These temporary diversions will be carried out by the respective utility provider.  We have experienced an unplanned delay with the diversion of electricity cables, however the diversion of water supplies is expected to begin in the coming days and gas diversions are due to commence next week.

Once the diversion of utility services are complete, works can begin to remove the existing structure.

10 June 2019: Abbotsford Bridge – progress update

Since the closure of Abbotsford Bridge on 13 May, a site compound has been established and a temporary footway and lighting installed to provide a pedestrian route during the construction period. This is now in public use.

A temporary bridge is in the process of being installed to support utility supplies that require diverting temporarily. In the coming days electrical diversions are set to begin.

River diversion works are also in progress.

To support local people and businesses, additional signage has been placed on the local road network.

We will continue to post updates on this webpage as the scheme progresses.

Hall Road Closure Update

Update on closure of Hall Road for up to 6 Months

Hall Road bridge is falling down

Abbotsford Bridge is on Hall Road, about a quarter of a mile down from The Crown. Amazingly the original structure is 140 years old, and consists of a cast iron deck supported on cast iron girders.

Structural engineers from ECC have visited it and determined it is at the end of its life and a new bridge is needed. The 3-day closure in March was preparatory work to clear vegetation.

May to November for new bridge

ECC say the main works are to commence on 10th May and expect to take about six months to complete (maybe it will only be 4 months, but until they lift the old bridge it is difficult to tell, and they say poor weather may delay them). That means they are being cautious with their estimates. As part of the work they will temporarily relocate the pedestrian footbridge, the water course and utilities.

Hall Road will be CLOSED

During this time ECC say that unfortunately a full closure of the road will be necessary. They say that they will put up official diversion signs.

ECC has put up a webpage to provide details and updates. The link is:

You should be able to find the link through  and then enter Abbotsford Bridge in the ‘I’m looking for’ box.  It should then be the first on the list.

Road Closure

Grove Hill will be closed from the 1st April to 3rd May.

Please consult the below website for up to date information and diversions

this will affect the bus time tables, drivers are handing out new timetables.  Alternatively please download it here

For all up to date information please visit their website:

Elsenham Parish Council have not received one yet that we our selves can distribute.