Works to improve Guildford traffic hotspots begin

Works to ease congestion and improve air quality have begun on the A323 Guildford Road this week. The works at the junction with the A324 Pirbright Road also involve creating a controlled crossing making it easier for residents to cross the road safely.

These changes are part of a wider Guildford hotspots project which also includes improvement works to the A31. A new slip lane for vehicles travelling southbound on the A331, wishing to travel eastbound on the A31, will be constructed removing the need for drivers to use the A331/A31 Runfold roundabout.

Traffic lights will also be installed to support pedestrians and cyclists to move through safely and the improved traffic flow on the bypass will help reduce congestion on neighbouring residential roads.

Tree clearance and vegetation start in the area this week to ensure necessary clearance works are carried out before the bird nesting season starts in February.

Matt Furniss, Cabinet Member for Transport said, “Both of these junctions are well-known traffic hotspots which often cause significant delays during peak times.

“Surrey County Council took on this project and put in significant investment to ensure that these schemes, originally set up by Guildford Borough Council in 2018, can get going this week and help reduce congestion in busy areas of our road network.”

A “hotspot” is a junction that has insufficient capacity for the volume of traffic using it and has an adverse impact on the efficiency of the highway network in a wider area. More information on the Guildford hotspots works is available here:


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