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M11: Sawbridgeworth residents facing new noise misery from night-time closures




Residents living on and around the main roads through Sawbridgeworth are preparing for sleepless nights again after more night-time closures of the M11 were announced.

Works are ongoing to build a new junction 7a north of junction 7. Closures and restrictions between Harlow (J7) and Bishop's Stortford (J8) have been put in place over the past few months.

Now, Highways England has announced a further four nights of night-time closures next week – Monday to Friday (August 2-6). Both carriageways will be closed between 9pm and 5am, with diversions in place.

Traffic through Sawbridgeworth after the M11 night closure (49286586)
Traffic through Sawbridgeworth after the M11 night closure (49286586)

But residents are angry that many motorists are not following the official diversion route, which takes cars along the A414 in Harlow to the northbound A10 at Puckeridge and eastwards along the A120 to J8.

During previous closures in June a convoy of HGVs drove along the A1184 through Sawbridgeworth, causing some residents to suffer sleepless nights due to the noise.

Sawbridgeworth town councillor and Herts County Council member Eric Buckmaster agreed with residents complaining over the noise, saying he had been woken by lorries. He pledged to speak to Herts Highways about resurfacing sections of the main road to solve some of the noise issues.

Traffic through Sawbridgeworth after the M11 night closure (49286583)
Traffic through Sawbridgeworth after the M11 night closure (49286583)


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