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10 things you may not know about the Meadows roundabout and the scheme to reduce congestion

After improvements to reduce congestion and support economic growth were discussed at a Cabinet meeting, here are 10 things you may not know about the Meadows roundabout in Camberley.

  • The current layout took shape in the late 1980s and it is now Surrey’s most congested junction.
  • At the height of the morning commute, around 5,400 vehicles pass through on average in an hour.
  • More than 50,000 vehicles use the junction in a typical 12-hour weekday period. That figure only drops to 45,000 over 12 hours at the weekend.
  • Parts of the roundabout are in other counties – Berkshire and Hampshire – and the Wish Stream flows under it.
  • The amount of time drivers will be delayed during the busiest hour of the morning commute will add up to getting on for four days by 2026 unless work is done.
  • The county council has worked in tandem with Surrey Heath Borough Council to plan improvements, which include the A321 being widened to three lanes from two.
  • A right turn from the A30 going past Blackwater station will be created so drivers can head on to the A331 southbound without needing to use the roundabout.
  • A queuing lane for traffic approaching on the A331 will be lengthened – there will be better signal crossings and traffic islands for pedestrians and cyclists too.
  • It is estimated that the work will cut roundabout journey times at peak times by up to a third.
  • The scheme is also expected to help generate hundreds of jobs and contribute to safeguarding many more.

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