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Hit list of schemes to tackle congestion and drive growth gets backing

Cabinet Member John Furey. Click image to download

A hit list of schemes to ease congestion and drive economic growth has been given the green light.

Surrey Future identified 16 major schemes to tackle snarl-ups over four years from 2015 after launching with the aim of making major infrastructure improvements to help businesses thrive.

The group, which brings together Surrey’s councils and business leaders, asked people whether they agreed with the list of projects prioritised for bids for government funding.

Almost 80% of those who responded to the survey said the ‘to do’ list contained the right schemes to tackle bottlenecks that cost Surrey’s economy an estimated £550 million annually.

The map below details the 16 schemes to 2019, including one in Redhill that has already won more than £2.8 million of Department for Transport funding for a series of town centre improvements.

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Highways and Environment John Furey said: “Good road schemes help businesses run more efficiently and create jobs while improving journeys for commuters.

“That’s why it was essential we heard the views of those who live and work in Surrey to ensure the right projects have been prioritised ahead of preparing bids that will put us ahead of the game when it comes to competing with others for funds.

“Winning more than £2.8m for improvements in Redhill town centre has already proved our approach works and now we’ll finalise our ‘hit list’ to give us the best chance of securing more funding for infrastructure projects that help businesses thrive.”

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