COUNCILLOR Tony Durcan, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Enterprise in Harlow, has described his annoyance at traffic congestion, which plagues the town, especially at rush hour periods.
Coun Durcan commented: ‘The problem is because there is only one junction from the M11 into Harlow. It is hoped with the building of a new 7a junction to hopefully be in use by 2021, the traffic should be reduced by 30 per cent.
‘But don’t get me started on the bus lanes,’ he added. ‘‘We are continually looking at ways of reducing bus lanes and who can use them. Taxis don’t have the right to be in them more than anyone else and most of the time they are empty. We could build more double carriageways although this could be seen as effecting the community.’
Work on the junction and the widening of Gilden Way will start this winter and is being built to support housing and business development. Road works will be away from the current road to cause as little disruption as possible.
In his position as Portfolio Holder, Coun Durcan is responsible for the re-generation of certain sites within the town centre. There are plans for transformation of the Market Square area and building of several thousand new homes, which will obviously have an effect on infrastructure. Serious attention will therefore need to be given to heavy traffic, especially at peak times.