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.

Essex To Enter Tier 2: High Alert From 2 December

Dear Resident

The government has announced that the majority of the country, including Essex, is to be placed under new Tier 2 (High) restrictions when the current national restrictions lift on Wednesday 2 December.

The following key changes apply under the updated Tier 2 restrictions:

  • social mixing outside of individual households will not be allowed indoors and the rule of six will still apply outdoors
  • pubs and bars and restaurants can open but only serve alcohol with substantial meals
  • businesses including shops can open, in a Covid-secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs.

It’s clear the decision to place Essex into High Covid alert level prior to national restrictions had a positive impact. In the weeks following entry to Tier 2 there was a significant flattening of the upward curve and regionally, Essex’s case rate reduced, from being in the top three council areas to the bottom two. We have seen a subsequent increase in the past two weeks, but Essex case rates have now stabilised. Hospital occupancy has also stabilised. 

We recognise that there is still work to be done. We understand that going back into Tier 2 will be hard for many, but we must all work together, follow the restrictions in order to save further lives and continue to protect our NHS.

Our aim is to bring the rate of transmission and Covid hospital occupancy down so that Essex can be placed in the lowest tier of restrictions as quickly as possible. With the help of everyone who lives and works here we can achieve this.

Now more than ever, we need people to follow the rules of hands, face, space, work from home if possible, and always socially distance.

Cllr John Spence

Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care

Support for residents

£6.2m protective blanket of support for the most vulnerable

This winter a £6.2m protective blanket of support for the most vulnerable will provide warmth, food, emergency grants and other help to residents hit by the pandemic.

It includes:

  • Christmas food and gift hampers for care leavers
  • free school meals through the holidays for all eligible children
  • emergency grants for food, heating, energy and water bills
  • essential household goods for people struggling to pay bills
  • winter warmth packs for vulnerable people leaving hospital.

Emergency grants are available from Essex Essential Living Fund.

Other support for residents is available on our website.

Essex Wellbeing Service

The Essex Wellbeing Service offers free support with practical tasks, mental health, feelings of loneliness, debt, housing, employment, caring responsibilities and more.

Visit the Essex Wellbeing Service website or call 0300 303 9988.

Support for businesses

Funding confirmed for businesses affected by Covid restrictions

We know that businesses, particularly the hospitality sector, will continue to be impacted by the restrictions.

This week, Essex County Council and district, borough and city council colleagues, have launched grant funding to support businesses and enable them to adapt their premises. Businesses can apply through their local district, borough or city council website.

For other support, visit our business support pages.

The latest data in Essex

See the latest Covid data for Essex on our website, including cases by age band, cases by district and hospital beds occupied by Covid patients.

Information On The Uttlesford Food Bank

Providing food and essentials to families and individuals in crisis across Uttlesford. Our volunteers offer a caring, non-judgemental service and our clients are at the heart of everything we do.

If you are in need please call us on 07531 436335 for help and advice. To find out how you can help by donating food, money or volunteering your time please visit and for up-to-date info please follow us on Facebook: UttlesfordFoodbank.