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Surrey Conservative Group Announce ‘Boost in Investment in Road Safety and Active Travel’

Published on: 7 Jun, 2022
Updated on: 9 Jun, 2022

By Hugh Coakley

An initiative of “further highways investment to reduce road casualties, tackle speeding and make walking, push scooting and cycling to school easier and safer” has been announced in a SCC Conservative Group press release.

Sometimes on the school run, traffic is too close for comfort. Photo in June 2021 of Clay Lane.

The group says it includes £200,000 for safety schemes to reduce the number of road casualties, £1 million per year for the next three years for more substantial speed management schemes such as average speed cameras, and £1 million per year for three years to improve road safety around schools.

Cllr Matt Furniss

Cabinet member for transport, infrastructure and economy, Matt Furniss (Con, Shalford)  said: “We recognise that road safety and speeding, especially around schools, are major concerns for many Surrey residents.”

Local schemes in the announcement include:

  • A247 Clandon Road Jct. A3 Southbound Slip, Send, redesign of the junction to a single entry to A3 slip.  Estimate £80,000
  • A25 – Shere Road, from Trodds Lane to Sherbourne, single-zone average speed camera. Cost estimate £150,000
  • Rural speed limit review project further west across the south of Guildford and across Waverley. Cost allocated £150,000
  • Send Primary School, Guildford, toucan crossing to be installed to link with original cycle path. Cost £200,000
  • St Lawrence of Effingham School, installation of two raised road tables with the design nearly complete. Cost £120,000
  • Walsh Infants and Juniors, Ash, controlled crossing potentially on a raised road table, remove layby, reposition bus stop. Cost £50,000 with £70,000 local funding.

Other potential schemes in future years two and three were said by the Surrey Conservative Group to include:

  • Ash Manor Secondary School, traffic calming and raised road table scheme
  • St Thomas of Canterbury, possible scheme includes a point closure on Horseshoe Lane West and Boxgrove Lane along with a possible 20 mph speed limit and minor amendments to parking controls
  • Boxgrove Primary School, a request was made in 2022 to provide a formal crossing point on the existing raised road table crossing point, feasibility work required
  • St Pauls C of E Tongham, raised road table, with buildout and amendments to parking controls. This site might have the potential for a “school street” pedestrian zone
  • Merrow Infants, the original suggestion was to implement bollards on the roundabout front entrance to the school to control parking on Kingfisher Court. The other school entrance on Merrow Street might have the potential for a “school street” pedestrian zone
  • Tormead School, implement a zebra or enhanced crossing on raised road table on Cranley Road between the two school sites
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, upgrade zebra crossing to a pelican crossing
  • Puttenham C of E, a kerb re alignment and lining scheme and consideration for a 20mph limit through the village

The Dragon contacted R4GV, Guildford Lib Dems, Guildford Conservatives, Guildford Greenbelt Group and Guildford Labour for a comment.

See also Pedestrian and Cycle Paths Improved But Still the ‘Poor Relation’ to Roads

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test 4 Responses to Surrey Conservative Group Announce ‘Boost in Investment in Road Safety and Active Travel’

  1. Keith Francis Reply

    June 7, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    The other year SCC wasted over £600,000 on a little used dual footpath / cycle track at Ashtead where the cyclists have to jump the traffic lights.

  2. Andrew Calladine Reply

    June 11, 2022 at 7:15 am

    The photo accompanying this article says it all, the existing infrastructure is non-existent or rubbish. I don’t see a single mention of segregated cycle lanes in the article.

    Spend money on poor solutions and no one will use them. We need proper cycle infrastructure not shared paths.

    • Ben Paton Reply

      June 20, 2022 at 7:25 am

      Yes, the picture is worth a thousand words; cyclists forced onto the pavements.

      No responsible parent would let their children cycle to school today.

      All spin and no substance.

  3. Calum Shaw Reply

    June 19, 2022 at 11:55 am

    £200 million is being spent on highway capital projects per year in Surrey, yet the above is just £1 million for improving cycling.

    Not one mention of segregated cycle paths which is actually what makes cycling more attractive, safe and usable.

    The above sounds like a drop in the ocean.

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