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Letter: We Need Less Car Dependency, Not More Road Capacity

Published on: 4 Apr, 2021
Updated on: 4 Apr, 2021

From: Jeremy Varns

In response to: The A3 Issue Means We Must Review the Local Plan

Current transport strategies shouldn’t be about adding more road capacity but rather exploring all other options to reduce car dependency.

Air pollution in many parts of Guildford is currently exceeding safe limits, and this despite the pandemic requiring a “stay at home” order for much of the past year.

Pavements and roads are clogged with cars adding little or no value to the economy. A green recovery it is not.

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Responses to Letter: We Need Less Car Dependency, Not More Road Capacity

  1. Mike Davis Reply

    April 4, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    In response to Jeremy Varns.

    Unfortunately, this transport strategy issue should have been dealt with before the Hindhead Tunnel went to blueprint. Surrey County Council were invited to see how it would affect Surrey Roads, in particular Guildford. The then Surrey County Council chose not to take up the offer.

    But we require something to relieve the traffic we have already. The man problems that have come about are due to the heavier haulage vehicles arriving much quicker than before the Tunnel was completed.

    Now we have buildings where vacant land once was, land that could have been used to widen the A3 to take the traffic out of the town quickly. This has now left us in such a mess the problem will probably never be resolved.

  2. Roy Fiander Reply

    April 4, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    Is Mr Varns a car driver? If so, is he not a pot calling the kettle black?

  3. James Wild Reply

    April 5, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Maybe the council should commission a sustainability study to work out where new houses should go so that people can actually walk to their nearest school, shop, park and so on, so they don’t have to depend on their cars for every journey?

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