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£4.2m improvements to Harlow road to start next month

Works to improve traffic around the Clock Tower Roundabout in Harlow will start in late July.

The £4.2m works, which will last for a year, are being funded by Essex County Council and the Department for Transport’s Local Pinch Point Fund.

The improvements will ease congestion, improving access to the new Enterprise Zone and Town Centre. Two new slip lanes will be built and other approaches to the roundabout will be widened.

Pedestrian and cycle facilities along with lighting at the Clock Tower Roundabout junction will be also be improved.

Labour hold Harlow but only by the smallest margin

The new position of parties on Harlow Council Credit: ITV News Anglia

Labour's majority on Harlow Council has been cut to just one as UKIP took seats from all parties.

The UK Independence Party has seats on the Essex council for the first time.

Labour won back control of Harlow in 2012 after a decade out of power. The Conservatives controlled the council between 2008 and 2012.

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UKIP gains seats from both Labour and Conservative in Harlow

UKIP has gained two seats on Harlow Council in Essex where Labour have an overall majority.

They have taken Staple Tye from the Conservatives and Bush Fair from Labour.

Brother and sister killed in M11 crash

scene of the crash Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police said the two people killed in a crash on the M11 yesterday were a brother and sister.

The crash happened near junction 8 at Birchanger yesterday afternoon. The dead pair are believed to be a 53-year-old man from the Netherlands and a 45-year-old woman from Kent.

Their family has been informed but they have not been formally identified.

They were in a Toyota car that was struck by other vehicles and collided with the rear of a Mercedes horse box, with five horses on board. The car caught light with the impact. They died at the scene.

Two people were taken to hospital. Their injuries are nor believed to be life threatening.

The driver of a lorry was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. The 49-year-old man from Staffordshire was questioned and later released on police bail until September 15.

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M11 remains closed after crash

Two people have been killed in a motorway pile-up involving a horse box from the famous trainer Brian Meehan's stables.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following the crash on the M11 near Harlow.

The trailer carrying five horses collided with three cars and a lorry shortly after 2.15pm in a smash that left the northbound carriageway closed between junctions seven and eight.

Essex Fire and Rescue said it had to free three people trapped in cars.

Two people in a car have died and the driver and passenger in another car have been taken to hospital in Cambridgeshire.

A woman has serious internal injuries and was flown by air ambulance and a man was taken by ambulance with a head injury.

– Essex Police spokesman

It is not yet clear if they were hurt in the crash or if any of the animals will need to be put down, but the trainer's three intended runners at Newmarket on Thursday evening were withdrawn.

The road remains closed

Two dead in M11 crash

The scene of the crash on the M11 northbound
The scene of the crash on the M11 northbound Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two people have died in a crash on the M11 involving five vehicles.

Essex Police say a man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

The collision happened on the northbound carriageway between junctions 7-8 Harlow to Stansted Airport junctions and involved a lorry, horse box and three cars.

The northbound carriageway will remain closed into the evening. Driers are advised to avoid the area and find alternate routes.

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