Ash Road Bridge

Project description

The scheme - which is still subject to final design - will include the construction of a new road bridge over the railway line south of Ash Station.

The road bridge will cross over the railway line at a maximum width of 19 metres, with a clearance of 5.3 metres (maximum) between the railway tracks and underside of the bridge.

A 3 metre shared cycleway and footway will be provided on the northern side of the new road alignment, with a 2 metre footway on the southern side of the carriageway.

As part of the scheme, a new roundabout is proposed on Foreman Road, which will connect to the access to the new Ellsworth Park development (approximately 260 metres north of Grange Road). Whilst the Guildford Road / Ash Hill Road roundabout will be upgraded to a four arm roundabout.

Foreman Road (between Guildford Road and the Ellsworth Park development adjacent to Foreman Park) will also be widened to 7.3 metres.

Once the new road bridge is opened, the A323 will be diverted over the new bridge. The speed limit along the route will be 30 mph.

It is proposed that a further planning application will be made for the footbridge and level crossing closure.

Benefits of the project

The road bridge will:

  • Improve safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists by removing the hazard posed by the present level crossing
  • Remove delays for the local community by easing traffic congestion
  • Help reduce traffic cutting through inappropriate residential and rural roads to avoid the level crossing
  • Alleviate increased traffic from current housing developments in Ash and Tongham

Progress

A planning application has now been submitted to Guildford Borough Council. View the planning application reference 19/P/01460.

Timeline

2017: Review of Ash Road Bridge route options (complete)

Spring 2018: Selection of preferred alignment (complete)

Summer 2018: to Spring 2019: Baseline surveys and investigations (complete)

January 2019: Exhibitions showing Ash Road Bridge planning application proposal (complete)

Summer 2019: Planning application due to be submitted

Winter 2019/20: Ash Road Bridge planning application determined

Autumn 2019 to Spring 2020: Detailed design and planning condition discharge

2020: Construction due to start

2022: Ash Road Bridge due to open and Ash Level Crossing closed to motor vehicles