The first stage of improvements to make it easier to get around Guildford have been given the go-ahead.
At a Guildford Borough Council (GBC) meeting on Tuesday (July 17), the executive approved the first phase of the Guildford Sustainable Movement Corridor (SMC) project to improve local road networks.
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In particular, the project would make a number of road junction improvements and deliver enhanced pedestrian and cycle routes.
The SMC project is a part of GBC’s Transport Strategy and Local Plan and will introduce a package of expansions to improve the routes between Surrey Research Park, Royal Surrey County Hospital and Guildford’s mainline train station.
The overall aim of the project is to improve journeys and encourage further growth and economic development in these areas.
Councillor Matt Furniss, deputy leader and lead councillor for infrastructure and environment, said: “These planned improvements on our local road networks should help solve transport issues and address local ‘hotspots’ to make it easier for people to travel around our borough.
“We’re working towards a future transport system which will be greener, safer and more reliable.”
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Key areas of improvement for SMC phase one are:
- A pedestrian and cycle path created across Bannister’s Field
- Pedestrian and cyclist improvements from Guildford Station to Royal Surrey County Hospital
- Widening the road at Tesco roundabout and improving signalling at Egerton Crossroads.
The total estimated cost for stage one of the project is £9.895m with the first part of this phase costing approximately £3.85m.
£2.725m has been provided by a grant from private-public partnership Enterprise M3 LEP while GBC is contributing £1.125m.
The whole project is expected to cost between £75m and £100m.
Completion date for the first phase of the project is spring 2021 and work is due to start in this financial year.
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