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M11 repair work: Motorists advised to plan ahead if using motorway north of Stansted Airport and Bishop's Stortford

Motorists intending to use the M11 north of Bishop's Stortford this weekend are advised to plan ahead as a section of the motorway will be closed for vital repairs as part of a £2m project.

The spur roads at junctions 9 and 9a near Ickleton, south Cambridgeshire, will be closed from 8pm on Friday (Dec 4) through to 6am on Monday (Dec 7) as Highways England completes essential work to upgrade the carriageway surface, parts of which are more than 40 years old.

During a weekend closure a fortnight ago, crews worked from Friday night to Monday morning (Nov 20-23) to replace 28 damaged concrete sections.

The surface of the M11 was laid during the 1970s (43388394)
The surface of the M11 was laid during the 1970s (43388394)

The surface of the M11 was laid during the 1970s, meaning some parts are as old as famous films like the first ever Star Wars (1977) and Grease (1978). Decades of use and hundreds of millions of journeys have left the road in need of a vital upgrade which will improve safety and ride quality and reduce noise.

Karl Brooks, Highways England programme delivery manager, said: “The surface of this road was laid in the 1970s, and despite serving us well it’s coming towards the end of its life and needs vital repairs. Our work will make this stretch of the M11 smoother and safer, ensuring it is fit for us as we head into the winter months.”

As well as resurfacing and repairing potholes, the £2m project will also see new road markings and studs laid, and drains cleared.

For the safety of workers and motorists, the M11 spur will be closed between J9 and the A11/A505 junction near Great Abington.

Motorists heading north wishing to leave at J9 will continue northbound to J10 (Duxford), where they will exit the motorway, join the A505 eastbound towards Newmarket then join the A11 near Pampisford.

Southbound traffic will be diverted off the A11 at its junction with the A505 to continue westbound on the A505, then join the M11 southbound at J10.

Please allow an extra 20 minutes or so to your usual journey time.

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