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Letter: How Can This Madcap Proposal be Explained?

Published on: 2 Oct, 2022
Updated on: 2 Oct, 2022

The A3100 is already a busy road without adding traffic from the even busier A281. This photo was taken at 4.25pm on Wednesday, September 28.

From: Mike Evans

In response to: The Biggest Changes For Our Town in Two Centuries Need Popular Support

I’d be grateful for an explanation from those involved with Guildford’s masterplan of the mad proposal to divert A281 traffic on to the A3100. I live in Shalford and therefore would have to go south on the A281 and turn right to go via Broadford Road. Hmm.

Last week I went to Artington for my Covid jab and the traffic along Broadford Road was very heavy both ways and it took at least 10 mins just to do the Broadford Road segment.

I wonder if the people who recommend this madcap scheme have actually spent any time driving the route or is it, to them, merely a line on the map?

Looking the other way, the existing levels of traffic causes tailbacks to frequently reach as far as St Catherine’s, nearly a mile from the gyratory.

I wonder what the traffic plan would be for when there is a serious accident on, or near, the narrow bridge on Broadford Road.

How will access to the A3100 be achieved especially for large vehicles?

Editor’s comment: in the presentation given to the GBC Executive, there was an observation that Broadford Bridge might need to be widened.

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test 5 Responses to Letter: How Can This Madcap Proposal be Explained?

  1. David Roberts Reply

    October 2, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    I’m not sure Broadford Bridge could be widened without demolishing one of the two buildings at its eastern end.

  2. Jim Allen Reply

    October 2, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Clearly Mr Evans has not yet “got with the program”. He should be selling his car and purchase a push bike or walking boots to do his local journeys up to five miles. If he wants to go further he should be using the highly integrated public transport as currently provided, or using the flexible easily accessible car club.

    Does he not know this is what he voted for? It was clearly identified in all party manifestos. Wasn’t it?

    Total fantasy from out-of-town, non-local consultants inflicting new build policies on an ancient English town.

    • Stuart Barnes Reply

      October 5, 2022 at 9:49 am

      Hear, hear.

  3. Dave Middleton Reply

    October 3, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    I fully agree with Mr Evans. To divert the traffic from the narrow and congested A281 at Shalford, onto the equally narrow and congested A3100 through Peasmarsh, Artington and St Catherine’s is a recipe for disaster, even if so-called “upgrades” are made to the relevant junctions and bridges along the proposed route.

    I don’t for a moment profess to have an answer to the traffic problems on the A281, but I’m sure this proposal is not it.

  4. Jenny Grove Reply

    October 4, 2022 at 10:29 am

    What is the reason for pushing traffic from two roads into one? Buses would still use the A281 and people would still need access so presumably the road would remain in situ.

    I see no logic in this proposal and think it will only make things worse. How far back would the master planners like the traffic to tailback on the A3100 and feeder roads?

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