Are “quiet lanes” coming to the Harlow countryside?

Communities / Thu 5th Feb 2015 at 12:56pm

A MAJOR initiative aimed at making country lanes safer and calmer by turning them into ‘Quiet Lanes’ is being adopted by Essex County Council.

Although cars would not be banned, Quiet Lanes will encourage traffic to proceed cautiously.

ECC will initially ask each of the county’s 12 Local Highways Panels to identify two roads to be considered as Quiet Lanes.

They would continue to receive a basic level of maintenance but the route’s status change would help calm the traffic, HGVs would be banned and a 20mph limit would be implemented as standard practice.

Essex County Councillor Rodney L. Bass, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “Essex is one of the most beautiful counties in the UK but has, in recent years, become increasingly urbanised.

“It is important that we appreciate and sustain our rural heritage, which is why I have agreed the Quiet Lanes initiative.

“On Essex Quiet Lanes, we should be able to enjoy a relaxing stroll, cycle or ride in idyllic countryside without having to dodge traffic.

“Quiet Lane designation must not be seen as a method of controlling traffic through any particular town or village as the routes selected will be clearly signed.

“I believe there is extensive public support for this and we will work with the community to deliver these lanes for the benefit of all who enjoy the countryside.”

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