Surrey has won more than £2.8 million of government funding to tackle congestion and boost economic growth.
Last year the county council and Reigate and Banstead Borough Council submitted a joint bid for a series of road improvements in Redhill town centre.
It included plans to promote walking by improving pedestrian safety, encourage cycling and improve traffic flow to support regeneration and economic growth in the town.
The Department for Transport today announced it would provide £2.837m after being impressed with the two councils’ bid.
A total of £4.1m will be invested with developer cash secured by the county council and money from Reigate and Banstead covering the rest of the cost.
Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Transport, Highways and Environment John Furey said: “This is good news for residents and businesses and is part of our Surrey-wide drive to support the local economy by tackling congestion. In Redhill, the money will be used to improve roads and make it quicker and easier for people to move around, which stimulates economic growth and paves the way for regeneration.”
Cllr Mrs Natalie Bramhall, Reigate and Banstead’s Executive Member for Property and Regeneration, said: “This funding is great news for Redhill. It will bring a whole range of improvements to the town centre’s transport network which will unlock Redhill’s potential for development and economic growth, and enable the regeneration of the town centre to move forward.
“The changes will make it much easier for people to get around by reducing congestion and providing a greater choice of routes through and around the town. It will benefit not only motorists but also pedestrians, cyclists and people using public transport. Combined with improvements to public space, it will make Redhill an even better place to live, work and do business.”
Projects the money will fund include:
- Taking out Redhill’s one-way system
- Installing five sets of traffic lights along Cromwell Road, St Matthew’s Road and Queensway
- Improvements to the Lombard and Station Road roundabouts
- Better pedestrian crossings on Princess Way outside the station, Station Road and Marketfield Way.
- More bike facilities
- Improving town centre bus stops.
More information can be found in a Department for Transport press release.