Traffic lights to go at town junction

PUBLISHED: 11:09 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:38 31 May 2010

Traffic lights at the High Street and George Street junction

Traffic lights at the High Street and George Street junction

MAJOR measures to reduce air pollution and congestion in Saffron Walden have been announced and work could start before Christmas. Uttlesford District Council is working closely with Essex County Council s highways team, to bring down levels of air pollut

MAJOR measures to reduce air pollution and congestion in Saffron Walden have been announced and work could start before Christmas.

Uttlesford District Council is working closely with Essex County Council's highways team, to bring down levels of air pollution at three of Saffron Walden's primary road junctions.

The three locations where pollutants are at unacceptable levels are the High Street/George Street junction, the High Street/Castle Street junction, and the East Road/Radwinter Road junction.

Principal environmental health officer at Uttlesford District Council, Will Cockerell, said: "The aim of these measures is to reduce the amount of harmful nitrogen dioxide in the air at these hot spots.

The traffic lights on the junction where the High Street meets George Street will be removed and priority will be given to traffic turning right onto George Street from the High Street.

Traffic coming down the High Street from the north will have to give way, while the safety of pedestrians crossing the High Street will be ensured by the installation of a zebra crossing to the north of the junction.

To reduce air pollution at the High Street/Castle Street junction, traffic priorities will be changed for vehicles using the particularly narrow Bridge Street. Vehicles leaving Saffron Walden will be given right of way, reducing queuing and emissions at the Castle Street end.

The third junction to receive changes will be the crossroads where Radwinter Road and East Road meet. Radwinter Road will be widened at both sides of the junction, providing two filter lanes for traffic coming from the east: one for vehicles going straight on or turning right; the other for vehicles going straight on or turning left.

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