Have your say on transport revolution

People have been asked for their views on a £16 million plan to revolutionise transport in Surrey.

Last year, Surrey County Council submitted a funding bid to government for a series of sustainable transport measures in Guildford, Woking, Redhill and Reigate.

The bid called Travel Smart included plans for a new park and ride bus service, improvements to bus routes and services, and better cycle paths.

The county council is likely to find out in June if the bid has been successful. In the meantime, a six-week consultation is being held to gauge local people’s views on the proposals.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “Travel Smart is focused on ways to make it quicker and easier for people to get around, while reducing carbon emissions and stimulating economic growth.

“An important element of the bid is to make it safer and easier for people to connect different forms of transport on a journey, such as linking walking and cycling with bus and rail travel. This is an opportunity for residents to help shape our proposals, so I would urge them to give us their views.”

The bid to the Department of Transport includes proposals for:

• Creating a new park and ride bus service in Guildford
• Creating more cycle routes linking business, shopping and residential areas, as well as improving existing routes
• Improving bus routes and stops, including giving buses priority at junctions and providing real time information
• Making areas more pedestrian friendly through increasing safety at crossings and providing more signs for walkers
• Helping people plan their journeys to make it easier to connect with different forms of transport.

Surrey County Council secured around £4 million worth of sustainable transport funding from the Department for Transport in July last year for projects in Guildford and Woking. If the latest bid is successful it will build on this initial project.

People have until 14 May to give their views on the proposals and can do so by visiting


Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley at


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