Disappointment as traffic improvement scheme is called off
The scheme to improve the traffic flow at the Tesco roundabout, by converting the junction to traffic signal control, is no longer going ahead.
Joss Bigmore, Leader of the Council, says "We are very disappointed these improvements are unable to progress despite also being supported by Surrey County Council. Unfortunately, the University of Surrey were not willing to transfer a small area of land alongside the highway that is key to the project."
"This has meant that the funding we had from the EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), a total of £2 million, will be lost."
This was to be the third phase of the Sustainable Movement Corridor (SMC) project and dovetailed into the lengthened A3 slip road improvements that Highways England completed recently. It would have reduced delays especially in the morning peak period when traffic queues back onto the A3. It also included a bus lane. Construction was due to start this summer and be completed in the winter.
Joss Bigmore continues: "Phase One and Two of the SMC project have benefited from a £650,000 investment from EM3 LEP and have been very successful. These include pedestrian and cycle improvements between Tesco's by Bannisters Field, the Stag Hill campus of the University and onwards towards the main rail station at Guildford. These improvements have given residents, students and those on their way to work from other areas of Guildford to the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Surrey Research Park and Surrey Sports Park a smoother, safer journey."
"Despite this setback, we remain committed to becoming a net-zero carbon borough by 2030 and working with our partners and the wider community we will tackle environmental issues together."