Work is due to begin next week* on the new Onslow park and ride, which is expected to reduce the number of cars in Guildford town centre by more than 500 a day.
The Manor Park facility will feature 550 parking spaces, priority access for park and ride buses, a waiting room and bike racks.
Located to the west of the town, it will be the fourth park and ride to serve Guildford, meaning motorists arriving from all four points of the compass will have the option of avoiding town centre congestion.
Each year around 900,000 journeys are made on the three existing park and rides. This figure is set to rise above one million when the new site is up and running.
The Onslow park and ride is a joint project between Surrey County Council and Guildford Borough Council, with the support of the University of Surrey.
John Furey, Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “I can’t wait to see the new park and ride up and running. It will cut traffic congestion, help businesses and encourage more people to shop in Guildford. It will also reduce air pollution which is good for the environment.”
James Palmer, Guildford Borough Council’s lead councillor for town centre planning said: “The new park and ride in Onslow is an important part of our plans to reduce traffic in the town centre. Now residents and visitors from across the borough will have access to park and ride, which will benefit shoppers, visitors and commuters and provide a boost to our local economy.”
Surrey County Council has appointed Skanska to carry out and complete the construction of the Onslow park and ride. Work for the first month will involve site clearance and set up, including erecting cabins and fencing.
Funding for the new park and ride comes from a £4 million sustainable transport grant from the Department for Transport, which followed a successful bid from Surrey County Council.
Onslow park and ride is part of Surrey’s Travel SMART programme which is designed to provide people with more travel choices that help cut carbon, calories and cost, as well as supporting economic growth.
Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley on 0208 541 7259.
Notes to editors
* Work is due to start during the week beginning Monday, February 4.