Cock Lane, Clavering, Saffron Walden 

Latest News - 29 March 2018: Progress update - Cock Lane, Clavering embankment works

Due to evidence that the bird nesting season has begun in the area, works have been temporarily suspended on the embankment works to ensure we do not cause any unnecessary disturbance.

Arrangements are being made to reopen the footbridge and Cock Lane to pedestrians from Tuesday 3 April until we are in a position to resume works in the area.

Cock Lane will remain closed to vehicles until the embankment repairs are completed.

We regret the delay however it is important that we comply with the recommendations made by the ecologist to ensure the local habitat and environment remain protected.  

We will continue to monitor the situation on a regular basis and will provide further updates on this webpage when we have a clearer indication as to when we may be able to resume works.

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Cock Lane, Clavering, Saffron Walden 

 

About the scheme:

Cock Lane is a small rural road in the district of Uttlesford between Clavering and Starling’s Green. The route forms a secondary connection between these two villages, the primary (main) route being the B1038.

The River Stort runs parallel with the road and a number of small tributaries cross under the road at various locations. 

In 2016 Essex Highways identified dangerous erosion of the riverbank and verge at the Clavering end of the road. This resulted in an emergency closure of Cock Lane from its junction with Pond Manor in the north easterly direction for a distance of approximately 400m to its junction with Plantation Hill.

A short local diversion was immediately implemented as a safety measure as Cock Lane was unsafe to carry vehicles and continues to remain in place.

The alternative route is: Plantation Hill, Lower Road, Pelham Road, Watery Stones, Cock Lane and vice versa.

 

Summary of action taken to date:

Environment Agency inspection found that the erosion had been caused by a fallen tree which disturbed the flow of the watercourse, creating a dam and causing the riverbank to erode.

Neither the tree nor River Stort fall under the responsibility of the local authority however as a practical measure we removed the tree to prevent further erosion of the embankment. A study was undertaken to identify possible solutions to rectify the situation.

The closure of Cock Lane has remained in place and will continue until the repairs are complete.

 

What is involved and how may it affect you: 

Plans are in place to undertake embankment repairs to stabilise the area. Working closely with the Environment Agency and specialist contractor we anticipate that works will start 19 March.  It is expected that the road will reopen to traffic by the end of April 2018 when repairs are complete.

As well as ground stabilisation activities, some carriageway resurfacing will be carried out at this location.

Until the repairs are undertaken it will be necessary for the road to remain closed to vehicles.  Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the works, escorted by on site staff when operations are underway.

Dates may be subject to change if for example they are hindered by poor weather or if unexpected issues arise.

 

Further information:

Further updates will be made available on this webpage as details become available.