The local community has been trying to get a safe cycle and pedestrian path between Saffron Walden and Audley End station for more than 25 years. In 1999, Essex County Council produced a plan for a network of cycle paths in Saffron Walden and Great Dunmow and in 2005, Uttlesford District Council promised in their Local Plan that this would be implemented by 2011. Despite repeated efforts, nothing has happened.
Access Walden came about in early 2011 after one woman, Jan Durkin, arrived at Audley End Station and found that there were no buses or taxis, so decided to walk home along the Wenden Road. Jan wrote to the local papers to complain at how dangerous the road is and the next Saturday decided to stand in Saffron Walden Market Square to canvass the demand for a safe route. After just three days work, 3,000 signatures were acquired and, from this, Access Walden was formed.
Access Walden has since become a broad group, made up of drivers, cyclists, walkers, senior citizens, families, commuters, schoolchildren and local workers, some having lived in Saffron Walden since 1974 and campaigned for safer walking and cycling for much of their time here. There is an eclectic group of skills including Highways Engineering, Government Financial Policy and Law. The group’s focus tries to maintain a non-political approach and follows the formal County Council process.
Please find further information on our Wenden Road campaign here.
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