Guildford residents and workers will benefit from 550 additional park and ride spaces following planning permission for a new park and ride scheme in Onslow.
At a meeting last night (Tuesday 6 November), the Planning Committee agreed Surrey County Council and Guildford Borough Council’s plans to help reduce traffic in the town centre.
The new scheme is located just off the A3 to the west of Guildford town centre, adjacent to the Holiday Inn hotel and Surrey Sports Park. It will be accessed from the reconfigured Egerton Road junction.
Commenting on the scheme’s approval Cllr James Palmer, Lead Councillor for Town Centre Planning, says: ”Onslow Park and Ride is an important part of our strategy to reduce traffic in the town centre. Developing a park and ride scheme in the west of the borough will also benefit the local economy and environment. The scheme will appeal to commuters, local residents, shoppers and visitors.”
David Hodge, leader of Surrey County Council, said: “This scheme will reduce traffic congestion in and around Guildford town centre by encouraging more people to travel into the town centre by bus. It will help local businesses and benefit the environment by reducing air pollution. I believe the park and ride will also attract more visitors to Guildford.
“By working together on this scheme, the county and borough councils aim to support economic growth and improve people’s quality of life.”
We currently have three successful park and ride schemes in other areas of the borough. Guildford Spectrum captures traffic from the north, Merrow from the east and Artington from the south. Onslow Park and Ride will help relieve town centre traffic flow from the west, including the A31 Farnham Road and the gyratory system, two of the busiest roads in the borough.
Cllr Palmer adds: “Work is also continuing on investigations into possible solutions to the on-street parking and through traffic issues in the Westborough area. An action plan for this is expected by late August 2013.”
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