Saffron Walden Clean Air: the project
We want to improve air quality in Saffron Walden. The medieval road layout of the town means that high volumes of vehicles including HGVs come into close proximity with high numbers of pedestrians. Elevated emissions are associated with high volumes of slow-moving traffic, stopping and starting to negotiate junctions and pedestrian crossings, leading to higher levels of emissions than free flowing traffic.
Despite recent improvements in air quality we recognise that there is a need to do more to reduce emissions of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter and make the town a healthier place to live.
This project and funding is specific to Saffron Walden town only. If successful, we hope that some of our pilot zero emission shared transport schemes will be able to be replicated across the district at a later date.
The project provides a unique opportunity to test different methods of operation to see what will work best for our communities.