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Surrey launches new greener transport plan

Today marks the start of a three-month consultation on Surrey’s new Transport Plan which includes plans to reduce the 46% of carbon emissions currently generated by transport. Proposals to 2032 include increasing walking and cycling routes to encourage people out of their cars, providing more charging points and parking for electric vehicles, more bus services, … Continue reading

Boost for Surrey’s bus services

Bus services in Guildford, Tandridge, Reigate & Banstead and Epsom & Ewell will see significant improvements from this month, following over £5m investment to enhance bus travel for residents. In Guildford works now underway to be completed by Spring 2022, include: Redesigning roads at locations where buses currently get held up to reduce bottlenecks and … Continue reading

New Cabinet formally announced at Council’s AGM

Surrey County Council’s new Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Leader of the Council, Cabinet and Select Committee members were elected and confirmed today at the Council’s AGM. The meeting was held in person but with COVID-19 control measures in place, at the Council’s new HQ at Wodhatch Place, Reigate. Cllr Tim Oliver, Leader of Surrey’s Conservative group, was … Continue reading

Major changes announced to improve Surrey’s roads

Surrey County Council has become one of the first local authorities in the UK to trial the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technology to spot potholes. Computer vision cameras, fitted to dashboards inside council vehicles, spot defects and report their location, height, width and depth, along with information gathered by Highway Safety Inspectors. The software … Continue reading

Green light for scheme to cut congestion on Surrey’s roads

A scheme designed to reduce congestion on the county’s busiest roads has been given the go-ahead to start in April 2021. Surrey’s new Lane Rental Scheme will give utility companies and the county council’s highways teams who need to close a road or lane to complete roadworks, a financial incentive to carry works out during … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Extended free bus travel for bus pass users

Elderly and disabled residents with concessionary bus passes will be able to enjoy free bus travel all day, every day from this week. As part of Surrey County Council’s efforts to support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, free bus travel is now available before 930am to help eligible residents make use of early morning slots … Continue reading

Merry Gritmas and Gritley Come Dancing – Surrey school children name new gritters

Children from infant and primary schools across the county have helped to name some of Surrey’s brand-new fleet of gritters which will help keep our roads safe over the winter. The new vehicles operate more efficiently, have state-of-the art technology on board and produce less carbon emissions.  Over 200 schools were invited to take part … Continue reading

County Council boost to bring in cleaner, greener buses

A new scheme backed by £49m of county council funding, has been announced today (24 November 2020) to accelerate the introduction of ultra-low and zero emission buses in Surrey. The Surrey Ultra Low and Zero Emission scheme will see the introduction of up to 80 ultra-low or zero-emission buses and 50 community transport minibuses by … Continue reading

Funding confirmed for A320 Chertsey to Ottershaw improvements

Funding worth £41.8 million to make significant improvements to the A320 between Chertsey and Ottershaw has been confirmed. Surrey County Council and Runnymede Borough Council were awarded the money by Homes England’s Housing Infrastructure Fund. It will ensure there is extra capacity on this busy stretch of road to unlock future housing sites. Legal agreements … Continue reading

Walkers and cyclists to benefit from £6m investment in Surrey’s streets

Surrey County Council has been allocated £6, 445, 750 of government funding to invest in improved footpaths and cycleways for residents. Surrey was granted £848, 000 in June 2020 which the council upped to £1.69 million to support the roll out of ten active travel schemes. The first scheme to be installed was in Farnham, … Continue reading

89,000 Surrey street lights to be converted to environmentally-friendly LEDs

A major £20 million programme to convert all Surrey’s street lights to energy-efficient LEDs has begun. It’s expected to take three years to change all 89,000 lights in the county. Work started in Guildford borough earlier this year, with lights in Surrey Heath and Waverley due to be converted in the coming months. Surrey County … Continue reading

Boost for cleaner, greener travel in Surrey

Surrey County Council has launched a new tool that enables residents to submit ideas on how we can improve the road infrastructure in their area to encourage more walking and cycling. The tool, an interactive map, also allows residents to see what suggestions other people have submitted and vote on them. Whilst the council won’t … Continue reading

More schemes to encourage walking and cycling are announced

A series of temporary schemes to encourage safe walking and cycling after the lockdown has been announced by Surrey County Council. The measures are designed to support social distancing on our high streets, provide alternatives to public transport, and encourage residents to continue with the higher levels of walking and cycling we’ve seen since the … Continue reading

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 2022 decision to be made in October

Following the consultation with residents which took place earlier this year, a cabinet decision has yet to be made on the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey cycling event continuing to pass through Surrey beyond 2021. This was due to be reviewed at April Cabinet but due to the Coronavirus crisis, the RideLondon-Surrey Cabinet decision was postponed, as other … Continue reading

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