Issued: October 7, 2016
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Council welcomes new crossing
The official switch-on of a long-awaited crossing in Waltham Abbey has been welcomed by Waltham Abbey Town Council.
A 12-year campaign for the light-controlled crossing on Crooked Mile resulted in the official switching on of the traffic lights on Tuesday.
The £180,000 scheme, off the Abbey View roundabout heading towards Sewardstone Road, has been funded through the Epping Forest Local Highways Panel.
Waltham Abbey town councillor and Epping Forest District Council chairman Jeane Lea was joined by other local councillors - including Epping Forest Local highways Panel chairman councillor John Knapman - and children from Waltham Holy Cross School for the launch.
Mrs Lea said: "We have an old peoples' home here, a community centre which has numerous childrens' and old folks' activities and it is also near the back entrance to the school.
"There have been numerous accidents here - thank God no fatal ones.
"The children try to cross here, the traffic comes off the roundabout at such a fast pace I'm actually amazed no child has been killed."
She added: "I'm very pleased with the result of this crossing."
Waltham Abbey county councillor Ricki Gadsby said: "What a great day this is. Councillor Jeane Lea has worked very hard on this over the last few years.
"When I came onto the council we fought together on this. To have this open today is a great achievement and we're very proud if it.
"We stuck to our guns so it's a great day for the Abbey."