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Minister signs deal to boost Surrey’s economy

Surrey County Council Deputy Leader Peter Martin was on hand to witness newly-appointed Minister of State for Universities and Science Greg Clark sign a deal giving Surrey multi-million-pound funding as part of a first step towards long-term economic growth. The deal was confirmed at the Farnborough International Airshow. For more information, visit the Enterprise M3 … Continue reading

Davies Commission boosts Surrey on airport infrastructure call

Surrey County Council’s Leader has received a crucial boost over Heathrow and Gatwick expansion after the Government’s decision-making body said it would look at infrastructure first. A fortnight ago David Hodge told aviation experts that infrastructure must come before any airport expansion. Yesterday, the Davies Commission confirmed to South East politicians that it will consult … Continue reading

Get in gear with the Reigate Cycle Festival

This year’s Reigate Cycle Festival will take place on Sunday 20 July, encouraging more local people to ditch their cars and get on their bikes instead. The festival, from 10am-5pm in Priory Park, is a family-friendly event including stunt demonstrations, expert advice on safety and maintenance, exhibits from cycling groups and shops, a large variety … Continue reading

Need for new Cabinet post before airport expansion is considered

Britain needs a new Cabinet minister for infrastructure before any decision is made on expanding Heathrow or Gatwick, Surrey County Council’s leader said yesterday. David Hodge told a group of aviation experts that there was a need to invest now in road, rail, healthcare, schools and housing if either airport’s plans are to go ahead, … Continue reading

Beat the Christmas rush with digital journey planner

A new online journey planner that helps Surrey shoppers beat the last-minute Christmas rush and even watch their weight is available from the county council. The real-time planner – which is available at http://www.travelsmartsurrey.info –; saves time, money and carbon emissions by giving the latest and best routes for driving, walking, cycling and public transport, such … Continue reading

More than 200 roadworks rejected in Surrey congestion crackdown

Council bosses have rejected permission for almost 250 inadequate roadworks in a fortnight since launching their new permit scheme. Earlier this month, Surrey County Council took control of who digs roadworks where, when and with whom. This will mean up to 2,400 fewer roadworks in the county every year, slashing congestion and saving Surrey’s economy … Continue reading

New Guildford park and ride facility opens in Onslow

A new park and ride facility at Onslow is now open to the public, running regular bus services to Guildford train station and town centre in time for the busy Christmas shopping period. Located just off the A3 to the west of central Guildford next to the Holiday Inn Hotel and Surrey Sports Park, the … Continue reading

Stronger council powers to cut roadworks misery

Road users plagued by roadworks will benefit from a new congestion crackdown launched by Surrey County Council. For years, the law has allowed different companies to dig up the same roads at different times, costing the local economy millions a year and causing misery to road users. Now Surrey County Council is taking control of who … Continue reading

Glue beauty

A high-tech glue has revolutionised Surrey’s road repairs and is set to save taxpayers millions by recycling old roads and making them new. Instead of ripping up old roads and laying new ones, Surrey County Council is now mixing a super-flexible glue with recycled tarmac to transform it into a brand new surface. In a … Continue reading

Brompton Dock cycle hire rides into Woking

Twenty Brompton folding bicycles are now available to hire from Woking train station, making it easier for residents and visitors to travel sustainably around the town and beyond.  A Brompton Dock will house the bicycles, which can be hired on a day-to-day basis. The result of a partnership project between Surrey County Council’s Travel SMART … Continue reading

Surrey County Council update on response to weather

Surrey County Council has responded to more than 80 incidents involving local flooding and fallen trees as storms have hit the area. Call centre staff have taken more than 400 calls, and 82 overnight were passed to rapid response crews specialising in clearing fallen trees, dealing with local flooding and keeping roads clear. Updates are … Continue reading

Travel SMART green community funding returns to Merstham

A Surrey County Council funding initiative that gives thousands of pounds to community groups for green travel returns to Merstham on Saturday 26 October. Last year, eight local groups in the ward won a share of £60,000 from Travel SMART, which supports and promotes projects aimed at improving travel and stimulating economic growth. The projects all … Continue reading

Walton Bridge scoops highways award

Surrey County Council’s team behind the £32 million Walton Bridge has received a top highways industry award. Walton Bridge was the first new bridge over the River Thames in 20 years, and it opened to traffic in July 2013 both on time and on budget after an 18-month construction.  Now Highways Magazine’s Excellence Awards have … Continue reading

Chance to debate Surrey’s cycling strategy

There are more than 100 places left for Surrey residents to join a live radio debate on the future of cycling in the county. Surrey County Council is currently consulting on its proposed cycling strategy, and BBC Surrey is hosting the debate with a panel of guests at the University of Surrey in Guildford on 23 … Continue reading

Travel SMART green community funding returns

A Surrey County Council funding auction that gives thousands of pounds to community groups for green travel is back for its second year. Last year, 64 local groups in Redhill, Guildford and Woking bid for a share of £446,000 from Travel SMART, which supports and promotes projects aimed at improving travel and stimulating economic growth. … Continue reading

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