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Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund

Essex County Council has submitted a Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund bid in relation to seven bridges primarily in the Uttlesford District and a footway / cycleway maintenance scheme in Saffron Walden.

Seven weak structures with abnormal load bans are creating significant network connectivity issues on key routes, making it problematic for hauliers to access primary destinations in Uttlesford and resulting in significant dead running time from diversion routes. This results in an impediment to the free flow of construction machinery and materials required by developers for housing and employment growth for the District. It also increases fuel costs, time and emissions.

The seven structures and associated works have been identified from inspections, option studies and impact assessment in terms of network connectivity issues. Proposed strengthening works to the seven structures will open this area and beyond for easier development and creation of employment. It will also enable better transport links to support local communities and essential services. The best value for money solutions for the works have been identified and road space has been reserved in readiness to undertake the works. Other weak structure within the District have not been included in the strengthening scheme as they are lower priority in terms of network impact and, therefore, have not been progressed to the same level of preparedness.

The accompanying footway / cycleway maintenance scheme will restore deteriorated assets, sustaining links from Saffron Walden and Audley End with the outlying villages of Littlebury and Great Chesterford towards proposed new housing developments in North Uttlesford and close by South Cambridges ire. The footways / cycleways link to the railway stations at Audley End and Great Chesterford.

For further information please see the application and appedices in the document section below.