General, Improving our roads, Transport

New £4.5m road scheme eases congestion and boosts business

The new crossroads with traffic lights outside the Surrey Research Park in Guildford. The new layout has replaced a roundabout to ease congestion and boost business. Click image to download      

A £4.5 million scheme to ease congestion and boost business has been completed.

Surrey County Council and the University of Surrey joined forces to improve traffic flow at a busy roundabout outside the Surrey Research Park in Guildford.

Their project saw the roundabout removed and a crossroads with traffic lights installed in its place after the university invested £2.5m and the council contributed £2m.

More than 140 companies are based around the research park and other organisations, such as the Royal Surrey County Hospital and the Surrey Sports Park, are based nearby.

To read the University of Surrey’s release, follow this link.

The council is currently building the £32 million Walton bridge and has drawn up a ‘to do’ list of major road schemes in preparation for a series of new funding opportunities worth millions of pounds which will become available from the Government.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “We’re serious about improving Surrey’s roads and this £2m investment demonstrates our commitment to supporting local businesses by providing the infrastructure essential to helping them thrive.

“With Surrey’s roads being the fourth busiest in Britain and the county being a powerhouse of the national economy, this is a hugely important scheme for Guildford, with the new layout cutting journey times significantly.”


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