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Letter: Walnut Tree Close Should Revert to Being Two-way

Published on: 17 Nov, 2022
Updated on: 17 Nov, 2022

G-BUG will be supporting making the one-way Walnut Tree Close trial a permanent feature.

From: Valerie Thompson

In response to: G-BUG Supports The Walnut Tree Close One-Way Trial: Will You?

No, I don’t support it. The road should carry two-way traffic as before. It is an essential link between the old bypass and Guildford town centre and an extremely useful through-route.

All the cars now have to travel down Woodbridge Road, with its ridiculous bus lane, in which I have rarely seen a bus, or negotiate the endless traffic lights off the A3 and take Stoke Road into town.

Guildford needs Walnut Tree Close as there are so few options for traffic from the old bypass direction, and only the A281 actually traverses north to south.

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Responses to Letter: Walnut Tree Close Should Revert to Being Two-way

  1. Stuart Barnes Reply

    November 18, 2022 at 9:01 am

    Hear, hear.

  2. Bibhas Neogi Reply

    November 21, 2022 at 10:49 am

    I never had any comments from G-BUG to my various suggested improvements to accommodate cycle routes on existing road network and creating new cycle routes by altering traffic movements using new infrastructure.

    My proposal is to make Walnut Tree Close one-way north from Station View junction to a new bridge over the river to Mary Road beside the crown court building and also one-way southbound from the A25 to this bridge. This arrangement removes the congestion in the entire length of WTC, opens up a new route to Woodbridge Road and keeps the access to businesses in WTC.

    Access to the railway station would be via Woodbridge Road and the gyratory until the new east-west route is also built. Cycle lanes could be created in WTC and be connected to the cycle lanes suggested on Bridge Street and on Farnham Road Bridge as part of a Sustainable Movement Corridor coming through Yorkies Footbridge.

    If G-BUG likes these suggestions, perhaps they would consider writing to GBC in support of these ideas.

    My website describes a holistic approach to these developments in Guildford for traffic, pedestrians, and cyclists and for the possible relocation of the bus station in the Bedford Road surface car park site.

    Guildford Borough Council however seems keen to retain the bus station and get on with the development of the North Street site but there is opposition from the bus operators and Surrey County Council regarding traffic congestion and likely delays to buses accessing the station and lack of facilities.

    The bus lane from the A25 in Woodbridge Road should be declassified and the two lanes would reduce to one lane (as it does now) and the pinch point opposite the petrol station widened to two or even three lanes going north to the A25. This would ease the flow of traffic towards the traffic lights. The bus lane elsewhere along Woodbridge Road would not require to be changed.

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