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Newport Road Cutting, SAFFRON WALDEN, Uttlesford District, TL53273721, Potential Local Geological Site

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Site category: Chalk sites

Site name: Newport Road Cutting

Grid reference: TL 5327 3721

Brief description of site:

Road cutting on the Newport Road (B1052) between Saffron Walden and Newport.


Summary of the geological interest

The eastern side of the cutting is a vertical cliff in Upper Chalk about 4 metres high. No access is possible as the cliff is adjacent to the carriageway. The cliff can, however be viewed from the pavement on the opposite side of the road. Road cuttings like this are rare in Essex.

Falls of chalk occasionally led to road closures and so the cutting was cut back in 2019. It now exists as quite a fine cliff of chalk.

The Newport Road cutting during the clearance work in 2019. Photo: G. Lucy


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