Surrey County Council has today announced further engagement with local residents regarding the planned active travel scheme on London Road, Burpham in Guildford.
The scheme was due to get underway on 9 January, but that will now be postponed to allow more detailed discussion with the local community, to help ensure the benefits of the scheme are widely understood and delivered.
The project has been planned to take around five months, with the timeline squeezed to reduce disruption as much as possible. A new set of engagement events will be announced in the new year, with the start date to be confirmed.
Tim Oliver, Leader of Surrey County Council, said: “I have received a number of emails from residents over the past few days in relation to the proposed construction of the cycle lane along London Road.
“Whilst there is support from many residents, a great number have also raised concerns about the disruption the works would cause to this busy road.
“Consultation has been undertaken over the last 18 months, including with Guildford Borough Council, the local councillors, and a representative sample of the local community, however I appreciate that not all residents were fully aware of the detail and I have therefore agreed to delay the implementation pending further discussion with residents and their representative groups.
“It is important that we continue to invest in public transport and appropriate schemes that will promote safer walking and cycling routes across the county if we are going to reduce our carbon emissions, but it is equally important that residents are supportive of such schemes.
“Surrey is a great county to live and work in and we want to make sure we are enhancing that experience for the benefit of all.”
The scheme was first aired in Guildford’s Local Plan in 2016, and was considered by Surrey County Council’s cabinet in March 2021.
The drop-in meeting for the scheme due to take place on Saturday 17 December at Burpham Church will now be cancelled, with a new set of engagement activity due to take place in the new year.