M11 J8 Delayed Work


Contrary to correspondence from National Highways sent to residents earlier this month, the agency now say the planned partial closure of the Birchanger Green Roundabout bridge (southbound) will no longer be going ahead this weekend:

“Due to unforeseen circumstances we are unable to start work as originally planned. We will now start work on Friday 10 June.”

Upcoming M11/A120 Closures

National Highways plan to complete this work over 6 weekends from Friday 10 June into July, working between 9pm and 5am on weekends only, weather conditions permitting. No work will be carried out on Friday 3 June (Platinum Jubilee bank holiday).

Closures and diversions

To carry out the work safely, they will need to close the M11 junction 8 bridges. Only one of the bridges will be shut at a time to reduce the impact on local road users and those needing access to Stansted Airport and Birchanger Green Services.

South bridge closure (Full weekend closures)


  • Friday 1 July, 9pm to Monday July, 5am


M11 southbound traffic wishing to travel west towards Bishop’s Stortford will continue on the M11 to junction 7 before re-joining the M11 northbound to exit at junction 8, Birchanger Green Roundabout. (Diagram 1)

A120 westbound traffic will be diverted southbound on the M11 towards junction 7 before re-joining the M11 northbound to exit at junction 8, Birchanger Green Roundabout and continue west.

Non-motorway users only

Westbound traffic will be diverted from Priory Wood Roundabout, along Round Coppice Road, onto Bury Lodge Lane, turn left to follow Church Road and Forest Hall Road to join the B1383 south to the A120 at Bishops Stortford. (Diagram 3)

North Bridge Closure


  • Friday 10 June, 9pm to Monday 13 June, 5am
  • Friday 17 June, 9pm to Monday 20 June, 5am
  • Friday 24 June, 9pm to Monday 27 June, 5am


M11 northbound traffic wishing to travel east will continue on the M11 to junction 9a before re-joining the M11 southbound to exit at junction 8, Birchanger Green Roundabout. (Diagram 2)

A120 eastbound traffic will be diverted northbound on the M11 towards junction 9a before re-joining the M11 southbound to exit at junction 8, Birchanger Green Roundabout and continue east.

Non-motorway users Only

Eastbound traffic will be diverted from the A120 along the B1383, then turn right to follow Forest Hall Road and Church Road, before travelling south along Bury Lodge Lane and Round Coppice Road to join the A120 at Priory Wood Roundabout (Diagram 3)


Church Road Shut


Church Road will be closed for 3 days from May 25 to allow drainage work to be safely carried out by Essex County Council.

The closure will see Church Road closed from its junction with Lower Street to its junction with Walson Way.

An alternative route is available along Walson Way, Forest Hall Road, Stansted Road, Pines Hill, Silver Street, Chapel Hill and vice versa (see map).

Diversion on Church Road

Access for emergency service vehicles and pedestrians will be maintained at all times during the closure.

Please click on the following link https://one.network/?tm=128081346 to find details of the closure, and you can download and read the ECC Temporary Prohibition of Traffic Order 2022 below.

Bus Route 301 Update


Bus service provider, Stephensons, have made changes to the route of their 301 service in light of the current closure of Cambridge Road. Below is the notice posted on the bus shelter of Cambridge Road.

Please note Essex Highways confirm, and contrary to the statement by Stephensons, the date for the end of road works is May 20. That is, the road is shut from the morning of Monday, May 9 and will not reopen until 5pm on Friday, May 20.

Bus Route Update — 301 service

“Please be aware that the Cambridge Road in both directions will be closed to all traffic from the 9th to the 27th May 2022 [sic] from 08:00hrs until 17:00hrs Daily [sic]. The service 301 will not he able to serve this bus stop during the time of the closure. Please make your way to the nearest bus stop on the B1051 Chapel Hill. The diversion will be via High Lane, Lower Street & Chapel Hill. You are welcome to board the bus at any of the bus stops along this route. Thames Water & Stephensons apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time.” – Stephensons of Essex

Signs to go up warning against rogue parking


Good news on efforts to clamp down on rogue airport parking in the village.

Stansted has been given the green light to install No Airport Parking signs on the Mountfitchet Green and Foresthall Park estates.

The residents of Mountfitchet Green have been increasingly concerned at the practice of airport users parking on pavements, curbs and occupying spaces in the area to avoid paying fees.

District Councillors – Ayub Khan and Melvin Caton among them – took on these concerns and met with a team from Stansted Airport, providing them with a first-hand view of the problems caused by airport fly parking.

The Airport have since agreed to install No Airport Parking signs on the estate with installation getting under way from the week beginning May 18.

No Airport Parking signage will also be placed on the following roads of Foresthall Park:

· Walson Way

· Reeve Road

· Livings Way

· Palmer Close

· Forest Hall Road

Road Closure 12 Days


Twelve days of roadworks will see Cambridge Road closed from May, 9

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Cambridge Road, Stansted

Please click on the following link https://one.network/?tm=127726173 to find details of the intended closure of Cambridge Road, due to commence on 9th May 2022 for 12 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Thames Water undertakes sewer repair works.

Because of the closure a diversion will be in operation as detailed here:

  1. Head northeast on Cambridge Rd/B1383 to St John’s Rd (4.1km)
  2. Turn left onto Belcham’s Lane (0.7km)
  3. Continue onto Brick Kiln ln (4.5km)
  4. Turn left onto Manuden Rd (3.2km)
  5. Continue onto The St (1.3km)
  6. Continue onto Carters Hill (0.4km)
  7. Continue onto Hazel End (2.6km)
  8. Turn left onto Gipsy Lane (0.9km)
  9. Turn left onto Pines Hill/B1383, continue to follow the B1383 (1.3km)