A new £45 million junction on the M11 near Harlow will be jointly funded by the Department for Transport and Essex County Council.
The new junction will help to ensure the delivery of 15,000 homes and support continued growth in the local economy. It will be known as Junction 7A and will sit to the north of Harlow, and will cut several minutes from journeys to Stansted and Cambridge.
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council deputy leader and cabinet member for economic growth; regeneration and partnerships, said: “I am delighted that the Government has backed this vital junction which offers a much-needed link for residents and business across west Essex.
“Plans for Junction 7a were agreed by Essex County Council Cabinet last month following a public consultation to ensure Junction 7a delivers benefits for everyone in Essex.
“Creating a key link to the M11 for Harlow, reductions in congestion and business growth opportunities are just a handful of reasons this plan has received unrivalled support.
“It is important that we now move quickly so drivers and businesses across Essex can feel the positive effect of this work as soon as possible.”