Last week on behalf of Saffron Walden Town Council Paul Gadd met David Sprunt of ECC Highways, principally to look at potential road schemes in Saffron Walden that the Town Council would like to promote (primarily looking at schemes to help pedestrians and cyclists in town), but also to ask about the situation on Wenden Road.
He confirmed that another safety audit has been carried out by the ECC Highways team and that the results are still awaited. The safety audit team are in theory independent of the rest of ECC Highways and make safety recommendations; it is not clear however whether the safety team take into account anything that the public, Access Walden or Saffron Walden Town Council send to ECC Highways. We are continuing to press for the three traffic islands at the west end to be aligned to the same side, to remove the current slalom, and to get a 40mph speed limit – at the moment however we’ve still got no better idea of when ECC Highways will come back.
One piece of good news for pedestrians though – relatively at least. You will have seen that over the half-term week part of the bank was cut back on the south side where it had grown over onto the tarmac surface. ECC Highways are intending to cut the bank back all the way along the Wenden Road, which should give an extra foot or more of tarmac surface to walk on. There won’t be any form of pavement or physical separation, but there should at least be more space on the other side of the white line for pedestrians to get them further away from motor vehicles. As and when this is done, can pedestrians please leave your comments below and these will be passed onto Paul Gadd from SWTC.