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Improving the Guildford gyratory

People will be asked for their ideas on how to make it safer and easier to cycle, walk and drive around the Guildford gyratory, during a three day exhibition.

Surrey County Council and Guildford Borough Council will be drafting a plan to improve Guildford’s busy town centre in a bid to nurture economic growth and increase safety, both on and off the road.

This will be used to develop a funding bid of up to £5 million to the Department for Transport to help pay for improvements.

But before any plans are made, both councils want to hear what residents, businesses and shoppers want to see improved. People can have their say during a three-day exhibition which will also show visitors what £5 million could pay for.

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The Guildford gyratory

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “Guildford is already a busy town and in future years is likely to busier as more people choose to live and work there. We’ll be putting together a plan that will help nurture economic growth and improve quality of life.

“There’s already a lot being done to make it easier for people to move around Guildford, but getting the gyratory right will make a big difference. So please do come along to the exhibition, let us know what you think of our ideas and tell us how you think the gyratory could be improved.”

Cllr James Palmer, Lead Councillor for Town Centre Planning and Infrastructure says: “We are working closely with Surrey County Council to improve facilities for everyone who uses the busy gyratory system. As part of this we are keen to hear your views either in person on the day or online.”

Each day around 46,500 cars use the Guildford gyratory between 7am and 7pm and around 1,000 people per hour use the pedestrian crossing on Onslow Street to get to the Friary Centre.

Some of the possible improvements to the gyratory include:

* Making Bridge Street pedestrian only
* Widening pavements
* Reintroducing two-way traffic
* Creating better cycle routes
* Improving access for public transport

An exhibition will take place at the Guildford YMCA in Bridge Street on Thursday 16 May, from 1pm to 9pm and then at the Holy Trinity Church in Guildford High Street on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May, from 9am to 5pm.

As well improving the gyratory, both the county and borough council’s have been working on a host of measures to make it easier to move around Guildford. These include building the new Onslow Park and Ride which is due to open this autumn, new and improved cycle routes and improvements to North Street.

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Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley on 02085 417259.

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