Plans to improve walking and cycling

What do we want to achieve?

The Community Vision for Surrey in 2030 sets out our ambition for clean, safe and green communities, where journeys are easier, infrastructure supports sustainable growth and everyone lives healthy, active and fulfilling lives.

We want walking and cycling to be the natural choice for many quick, short trips to local shops and services, as low cost, enjoyable, healthy and pollution-free ways to get about. We also want walking and cycling to be convenient ways to reach bus stops and railway stations for longer journeys. We recognise that walking and cycling is often not as easy or pleasant as it could be and as a result many of these short trips in Surrey are currently undertaken by car instead, adding to congestion and damaging our climate. We plan to invest in changing this, making walking and cycling great ways to get about for more of the trips you make.

Our walking and cycling improvements will also make it easier to wheel and scoot, use a mobility aid and travel with small children or luggage, ensuring nobody is left behind.

What walking and cycling improvements are we seeking to make?

On busy and fast roads, cycle facilities can be introduced to create safe, convenient spaces for cycling. Foot and cycle crossings can also be installed to help those walking and cycling to reach destinations on the other side of a road, to turn at junctions, and to link quieter side streets which can be popular places to walk and cycle.

We are currently developing a set of Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (see below) that cover the county, which will identify and prioritise where these improvements should be made over the next ten years.

Away from main roads, we will look at ways to work with communities to rebalance their neighbourhood streets and country lanes to become local assets instead of Sat Nav cut-throughs, creating quieter spaces that are ideal for walking, cycling and spending time outside.

We will also continue to invest in our Rights of Way network, which offer trails to explore as well as interurban links – see our Rights of Way Improvement Plan.

These investments will be complimented with more and better wayfinding, cycle parking, cycle training courses, safety measures and usage monitoring. We also desire to see future development designed as far as possible in a way that ensures everyday shops and services are within easy reach of many more people without the need for a car.

Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plans

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans ("LCWIPs") are ten-year investment plans for individual localities. LCWIPs are the best practice approach nationally for planning walking and cycling improvements, and our process follows Department for Transport guidance on developing an LCWIP [external].

We are working to have LCWIPs for all areas of Surrey in place by the end of 2022. These LCWIPs will identify where we want to prioritise investment, and some initial options to explore further for what could be undertaken in each location. Improvement works at each location will be taken forward once funding for each becomes available, and only once proposals have undergone more detailed site-specific technical studies and there has been a public consultation on proposed changes.

LCWIPs are in place for:

We are actively working with community partners to develop LCWIPs for more areas. Details on how you can have your say are below. Areas where LCWIPs are currently under development are:

  • Reigate & Banstead Borough
  • Elmbridge Borough
  • Spelthorne Borough
  • Runnymede Borough
  • Farnham town

LCWIPs are updating and replacing the county's former Cycling Plans.

Have your say

We want to hear from you.

We will start each LCWIP by reviewing public suggestions for where improvements should be made. You can tell us about missing local facilities that make it difficult to walk or cycle in your area and improvements that you would like to see using our interactive walking and cycling suggestions map. (To report a maintenance fault with existing facilities, e.g. a pothole, you should instead report this through our tell us about a highway issue page.)

After each LCWIP is published, we will develop each recommended route or area improvement within them further with technical studies and interim designs. These will then be subject to a public consultation, which will be a second opportunity to have your say. Feedback from the consultation will be used to inform the final design of the works as well as a final decision on implementing the improvements.

If you are commenting on the interactive map, note that we are unable to respond to individual walking and cycling suggestions but will consider all feedback received. We are aware that several national walking and cycling campaign groups have similar maps of suggestions contributed by members of the public, and we will also look at these.

We plan to regularly review the interactive suggestions map. This means that even if an LCWIP for your area has already been produced, or is not yet underway, we want to continue to receive your ideas and will consider them when we next review plans for the area

Delivering the improvements

We are currently delivering improvements to walking and cycling facilities through the government's Active Travel Fund for roads and pavements and several of our major transport projects. In addition, we also regularly undertake localised highway improvements.

Other improvements that have been identified in completed LCWIPs will be taken forward in future projects, subject to funding and feasibility.

Why invest in walking and cycling?

To take action on the Climate Emergency, Surrey County Council is working towards a goal of net zero carbon by 2050.

46% of the Surrey's carbon emissions are transport-related and, as part of our Climate Change Strategy, investing in initiatives and infrastructure to encourage more people to walk and cycle are an important priority in achieving this vision.

In addition to carbon reduction, increased rates of walking and cycling have the potential to bring economic and public health benefits to local communities in Surrey.

Nationally, it is the Government's ambition is to make walking and cycling the natural choice for shorter journeys, as well as short sections of longer journeys (for example, cycling to a railway station).


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