Latest live M11 traffic news

Live M11 traffic news and updates for M11 junctions, plus real time travel reports on delays, accidents, roadworks and snow.


The M11 motorway runs from northeast London to Huntingdon before merging with the A1(M).  It is a vital road for motorists in Essex and Cambridgeshire, providing links to the M25, London and Stansted Airport.  It also serves several large towns such as Harlow, Bishops Stortford and Cambridge. The M11 is home to the UK's longest uninterrupted stretch of motorway between junctions with 15.2 miles between Junction 8 and Junction 9.

On this page we want to help you avoid any possible travel delays with the latest live M11 traffic updates, travel alerts and an incident map.  We have information and updates from the Highways Agency, official police accounts and other traffic news feeds on the latest accidents and roadwork delays. We also have useful list of motorway junctions to help plan your trip…

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About the M11

The M11 does not follow convention when it comes to numbering its motorway junctions. There is no Junction 1 and the start of the M11 is actually at Junction 4. There is also only one service station at Junction 8, which serves both the M11 and the busy A120 dual carriageway.

The M11 was recently voted the 7th worst motorway in the country due to the high number of speed cameras, traffic jams and lack of lighting. Accidents and out-dated infrastucture were also on the list of annoyances for motorists on the M11. 

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Traffic live updates

Traffic map

Weather Map

Details of the latest weather warnings in the M11 area from the Met Office…

Met Office Weather Warnings

History of M11

Construction on the M11 took place in stages, with the first stage being the stretch of road between junction 7 and junction 8. This was completed in 1975, before an extension down to Junction 4 was finished in 1977.  Northbound work on the M11 to Junction 14 finished in 1980 and the whole motorway was opened fully in February of that year.

Due to a tight budget, the motorway between Junctions 7 and 14 was unsurfaced concrete, however, this degraded quickly and in the late 1990’s the whole area was replaced with tarmac. The road resurfacing took until 2008 to complete.

There were plans to open a north-facing M11 junction at Junction 5 but this was abandoned in 1998 with many citing the location of the nearby Bank of England Printing works as reason for the junction’s dismissal, although officials have never confirmed this.

In January 2003, a snowstorm left thousands of motorists stranded for up to 20 hours between Junction 7 and Junction 9. The weather became so severe that many drivers left their vehicles parked on the motorway while 12 lorries jack-knifed, with one blocking the whole carriageway.

There has also been a plane crash on the M11 in June 2002 after the brakes failed on an Aero L-39 Albtratose , which was attemting to land at the Imperial War Museum's Duxford Aerodrome. The jet crashed through the barrier at the end of the runway, skidded across the northbound carriageway before coming to a rest on the southbound carriageway. No vehicles were involved in the accident although the trainee pilot was killed in the crash. 

M11 junctions

All of the M11 junctions, both northbound and southbound, are listed below…

Northbound ExitsJunctionsSouthbound Junctions 
Start of MotorwayJ4North Circular A406 (West) (A10, A1),West End, The City, Docklands, Blackwall Tunnel (A12,A13),A406 South
DebdenLoughton A1168J5No Access
Watford, Oxford,Heathrow Airport, (M1), M40, M4, M25(W)Gatwick Airport,Dartford Crossing, M23, M20, M25 (E)J6Watford, Oxford,Heathrow Airport, (M1), M40, M4, M25(W)Gatwick Airport,Dartford Crossing, M23, M20, M25 (E)
Harlow A414J7Chelmsford, Harlow A414
Bishops Storford,Services A120(W)J8ServicesBishops Stortford, Services,Colchester, Stansted A120
Stansted, Colchester A120(E)J8ANo Access
Newmarket, Norwich A11J9No Access
Saffron Walden, Cambridge South, Haverhill A1301J9ANo Access
RoystonDuxton A505J10Saffron Walden, Duxford,Haverhill, Suffolk A505
Harston A10Cambridge A1309J11Royston A10,Cambridge A1309
Cambridge, Sandy A603J12Cambridge, Sandy A603
Cambridge,Bedford A1303J13No Access
Newmarket A14,Ely (A10)J14St Neots A428
Road continues north as A14towards Huntington andThe Midlands Start of Motorway

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