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A320 north corridor improvements are a regional priority

Colin Kemp, Deputy Leader of Surrey County Council

Responding to today’s news that the A320 north corridor has been identified as a priority road scheme for the south east, Surrey County Council’s Deputy Leader Colin Kemp said:

“The A320 north corridor scheme is important for Runnymede borough’s local plan and also to increase capacity of the local road network which will support housing growth in Runnymede, Woking and Surrey Heath.

“We have carried out in depth studies to prove the need for this, so it’s very positive that this scheme is being put forward by Transport for the South East as one of the priorities in the region.”

The scheme would make improvements along the A320 between Ottershaw and the M25, including possible changes at the following junctions:

· Ottershaw roundabout

· St Peter’s Hospital roundabout

· M25 junction 11.

The scheme is supported by the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Its Head of Transport, Kevin Travers, said: “The priority given to the A320 is greatly welcome and follows the LEP’s £125,000 contribution to local councils to prepare the business case. Not only will it increase capacity on the route itself but by doing so, is the lynchpin to unlocking land for the development of 3,687 new homes across seven sites, including Longcross Garden Village.

“Transport solutions and affordable housing will help close the gap between residents’ skills and those required by local businesses, enabling residents with the desired skills to live near their workplace and have easy access to employment sites. The LEP’s Local Industrial Strategy places issues around place, housing and connectivity under the spotlight to help the region develop further to the benefit of all.

Visit www.enterprisem3.org.uk/local-industrial-strategy or e-mail LIS@enterprisem3.org.uk by August 2.

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