ACCESS WALDEN - Safer Walking and Cycling in and around Saffron Walden

We the undersigned support the urgent need for a pedestrian/cycle route between Saffron Walden and Audley End station along the shortest route - Wenden Road. All trains on the Cambridge - London line stop at Audley End providing connections to London, Cambridge, Stansted Airport, the Midlands and beyond. The route would also fill an important missing gap in the Sustrans cycle network. At the moment Wenden Road is treacherous for walkers and cyclists. The speed limit is 60mph. The footpath is very narrow and, for a large part of the route, there is no footpath at all. The only option for cyclists is on-road and, since the road is narrow and winding, they take their lives in their hands. Motorists in danger of missing trains travel along this road at high speed. Access Walden is pressing for the following: -a substantial speed reduction from the present 60mph -a dedicated pedestrian/cycle route adjacent to the carriageway -a safe crossing point across the busy B1383 Only these measures would be sufficient to give confidence to a meaningful range of people to walk or cycle this route instead of using the car.  We feel that these measures would be of great benefit to Saffron Walden and provide a low carbon option of travel to and from the town.

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