TRANSPORT | Public Transport Provision


10.3.1  Buses have a positive impact on the environment if they are used by many people, even if the technology they use is not the most environmentally friendly. If they are not heavily used then they only have a positive impact on the environment if the technology is environmentally friendly. If they are both heavily used and have environmentally friendly technology then they have an extremely positive impact on the environment. Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) technologies for other fleets both public and private would improve the air quality in Saffron Walden.  

10.3.2  A recurring theme during public consultations was complaints over the timetabling of the bus services in and around Saffron Walden. A lack of Sunday services and the way that buses to and from the railway station are closely timetabled, with long gaps in between, was of particular importance to the respondents. Provision of buses must include the hamlet of Little Walden as well as Saffron Walden town.

10.3.3  Public spending on public transport greatly favours residents of London over people living everywhere else in the country. The Institute for Public Policy Research reported in November 2018 on the public spending per capita for public transport. [1]


All figures are in real terms. Figures include capital and revenue; local and central government. Table: Public transport spending per person by region, real terms



















10.3.4  The UK government has committed to move to a net zero carbon emissions economy by 2050. People living in rural areas such as Uttlesford will always have to travel by vehicle for many journeys because the distances involved will often prohibit walking and cycling. In the long-term all private vehicles should be environmentally friendly. It will take a while before the charging infrastructure is in place for all road users to take this up and for the national stock of vehicles to evolve so that it is a financially feasible option for all drivers to make the switch. Therefore, in the medium-term transitional period at least, it is reasonable to expect that provision of public transport must be enhanced, and therefore it is reasonable for the SWNP to campaign for increased funding and provision of public transport.

10.3.5     A comprehensive review and report of the bus services was carried out by Dr David Corke in July 2018 and the recommendations therein are supported by the SWNP. [2] Furthermore the SWNP will advocate to ECC to implement the recommendations, or the recommendations made in any subsequent report by Dr Corke.



  1. Developers will be required to provide meaningful contributions towards the provision of public transport which can connect their development to main destinations.

This policy supports the Neighbourhood Plan Objectives 1,2,3,5


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Neighbourhood Plan Objectives

Objective 1

Saffron Walden will be an economically active and self-sustaining town, offering equal opportunities to all.

Objective 2

Saffron Walden’s residents will be able to live as healthily as possible.

Objective 3

Saffron Walden will be an environmentally sustainable town.

Objective 4

Saffron Walden’s heritage assets, high quality landscape and conservation areas will be protected or enhanced.

Objective 5

Saffron Walden will retain its market-town feel and community spirit.


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