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Making it easier to get around Guildford: Have your say on local traffic and transport improvements

Residents and businesses can give their views on proposals to ease congestion and improvements to infrastructure across the borough in a consultation called Unlocking Guildford, which opened on Monday (22 January).

Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Governance, Cllr Matt Furniss, comments: "Tackling congestion is a key local issue and something we have been working on with our partners to improve the lives of our residents, visitors and those who travel to work in our borough. We're leading on this consultation, which features a package of proposed improvements on strategic and local road networks to help solve transport issues and address 'hotspots' to make it easier to get around Guildford. We're keen to hear your feedback and suggestions, you can give your views online or go to one of our public exhibitions."

Colin Kemp, Surrey County Council's Cabinet Member for Highways, adds: "These schemes aim to boost economic growth, make it quicker and easier for people to get around and better protect homes and businesses from flooding but with money so tight for us we couldn't contemplate doing all this without the help of others. Alongside Guildford Borough Council we're working hard to make them happen."

The proposed schemes include: 

  • improvements at key junctions on the A331 Blackwater Valley road in the west of the borough

  • better protection against flooding in the town centre

  • improvements to bus infrastructure, and working with the bus operators to enhance bus services and encourage more people to use them

  • new and improved traffic management systems in the borough to help improve traffic flow.

£20 million funding for the proposals has been provisionally secured, with £12.5m allocated by the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the remainder coming from Guildford Borough Council, bus operators and the Environment Agency.

The consultation closes on 4 March 2018. Once the consultation has closed we will consider your feedback and finalise the proposed improvements. Guildford Borough Council and Surrey County Council will apply for funding for the improvements from Enterprise M3 LEP. If we're successful, construction work on the first set of improvements could start next year with completion on all schemes in 2021.

To have your say in the consultation go to surreycc.gov.uk/guildfordtransportschemes. You can also see the plans at the following public exhibitions:

  • Thursday 8 February, 9am-1pm, The Friary, North Street, Guildford, GU1 4YT

  • Thursday 8 February, 4pm - 7.30pm, Tongham Community Centre (Lounge Bar), Poyle Road, Tongham, GU10 1DU

  • Friday 9 February, 2pm - 6pm, The Friary, North Street, Guildford, GU1 4YT.

For more information on Unlocking Guildford, contact Zac Ellwood, Major Projects Portfolio Manager, at zac.ellwood@guildford.gov.uk.

Published on Wednesday 24 January.