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George Street / High Street, Saffron Walden – Traffic Signal Renewal  

Highway Schemes Homepage

Works Location


View of Bakers Lane

About the scheme

Preparations are being made to renew the traffic signals at the junction B184 George Street, High Street, Saffron Walden.


The works


Works are due to start on Monday 4 January 2021 and expected to take approximately 7 weeks to complete. Working hours will be Monday to Friday between 7:30am to 4:30pm and Saturdays 8am to 1pm.

We will be replacing the traffic signals at the junction before they become unreliable and fail to work properly and will be installing new extra low voltage equipment, which will help reduce our carbon footprint.


What is involved and how it may affect you

Initially there will be a one week closure on a section of the High Street to allow new ducting and poles to be installed. The closure will be during working hours only and the road will be fully re-open after each shift.

After the ducting is installed, the road closure on High Street will be lifted and a section of George Street will be closed for the remainder of the works. George Street will be closed 24 hours a day to all vehicles for the remainder of the works. 

It will also be necessary to close Abbey Lane for a maximum of five days during the second week of the works. The closure will be during working hours only and the road will fully re-open after each shift. 

During the road closure on George Street the one-way system on gold Street will be reversed to ensure access is maintained.

These road closures are necessary in order to carry out the works in a safe manner as well as significantly reducing the time taken to complete the installation.

Proposed traffic management restrictions:

Proposed dates  Area affected   Proposed Traffic Restrictions 
Week commencing 4 January
High Street Road closure on High Street during working hours for one week whilst work takes place across the road to install new ducting and poles. The road will re-open after each shift.
Week commencing 11 January
Abbey Lane  Road closure on Abbey Lane during working hours for a maximum of five days whilst work takes place across the road to install new ducting and poles. The road will re-open after each shift.
Week commencing 11 January   George Street Road closure on George Street will be in place 24 hours a day for the remainder of the works. During the closure the one-way system on Gold Street will be revered to ensure access is maintained 


Advance warning signs and appropriate diversions will be in place during closures as no vehicles will be permitted to pass through the works. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

We urge all drivers to take additional care and observe traffic management and signage in place during the closures.


Further information

Please note that the programme may be subject to change if affected by poor weather or if unexpected issues arise.

We aim to keep residents and businesses updated via this webpage and site signage.  Information will also be shared with local parish councils.

For details about other roadworks in the area please visit: one.network or the @essexhighways twitter feed.