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7 September, 2006 - 16:39 By Staff Reporter

Stansted access work underway

A major scheme to improve access to Stansted Airport is underway, with the upgrade of the M11 slip roads at junctions 8 and 8a.The project, for which BAA is paying £1.8m, began on Monday and forms part of Stansted’s planning permission to grow to 25 million passengers a year. It involves two schemes:-

• Work on the M11 at J8 for southbound traffic from Cambridge travelling towards the airport. An extra lane will be created on the slip road, which will be dedicated to traffic turning onto the A120 Thremhall Avenue eastbound to access the airport.

• Work at M11 J8a/Priory Wood Roundabout to Round Coppice Road, which will involve a slip lane being built for traffic travelling from London, wanting to access the long stay car park and Stansted Business Park.

The work will be undertaken by the Highways Agency, which will also carry out resurfacing work on the M11 at Junction 8, and install new road lighting and safety barriers on the A120 Threm-hall Avenue.

Stansted’s head of transport, Nicola Hooper said: “The M11 slip road project clearly demonstrates our commitment to meeting our planning obligations, set out when the airport was given permission to grow to 25 million passengers a year.

“We are continually looking at ways in which access to Stansted can be improved, with the M11 slip road improvement work just one of a number of projects we are currently undertaking.

“The construction of our new bus and coach station, which is due to be completed later this year, will help us build on our No1 position as the UK’s top airport for public transport use by passengers. We currently have around 39 per cent of passengers arriving at the airport by public transport, which is one of the highest figures for any airport in Europe.

“In addition to this, work to upgrade the front forecourt of the terminal is also progressing well and is due to be completed before the end of the year.”

While the M11 project takes place there will be off peak road closures, with clearly signed diversion routes put in place.

With any construction of this nature there is likely to be some disruption caused and motorists using these routes should allow extra time for their journey.

• The slip road project is due to be completed by December 15.

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