Park and ride proposal is put forward by group

PUBLISHED: 07:49 03 August 2018 | UPDATED: 07:49 03 August 2018

The proposal will be put to Essex County Council

The proposal will be put to Essex County Council

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A recommendation for a park and ride in Saffron Walden has been put forward to Essex County Council after a review of bus services and car usage in the town.

The report has been delivered to the Saffron Walden Neighbourhood Plan Group and it contains a list of recommendations for Essex County Council (ECC) to adopt, including the creation of a car park at Carver Barracks in Debden.

A major part of the data for the study was collected by 15 volunteers who checked every bus using the High Street, in Saffron Walden, on May 22.

David Corke, author of the report, said: “The neighbourhood plan group needs long term plans and my report contains suggestions for some of these, notably a possible park and ride for the town.

“But many of the problems highlighted in the report are things that ECC could put right straight away.”

In the report, Mr Corke wrote: “It has been announced that the army will leave Carver Barracks in some years’ time.

“Uttlesford District Council’s immediate assumption seems to be that it should be used to build a new town, adding to the impossible road conditions, air pollution and school crowding in Walden.

“That is long in the future but there is a way of using Carver Barracks now, in a way that would both generate large income and go a long way towards reducing car use in Saffron Walden town.

“Carver Barracks has a huge length of unused concrete runway and associated roads. As they stand, they could be used for parking more than 1,200 cars.”

The report suggests a 15-minute interval bus service linking Audley End and Saffron Walden with the Carver Barracks park and ride and onto Stansted Airport.

“Then Walden would have both a locally valuable park and ride service and a bus linking Walden with our two best local transport hubs seven days a week from very early morning to late at night,” Mr Corke said.

He said there would be plenty of space to allow long-term parking and a bus link to Stansted Airport at prices about half of that charged by Stansted Airport in their long-term car parks.

“The new service would annoy the owners of Stansted Airport, but everyone else would benefit,” Mr Corke said.

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