The Brooklands Business Park Accessibility Project
The Brooklands Business Park Accessibility Project is a scheme to improve accessibility between the Brooklands Business Park, Weybridge railway station, and Weybridge town centre. The scheme is particularly aimed at improving travel choice and sustainable transport accessibility. It will make travel options more inclusive and help to reduce the reliance on travelling by car in the area. The scheme, that is being developed in partnership with Elmbridge Borough Council, aims to support Brooklands as an attractive location for businesses to be based.
The following elements are being taken forward for inclusion in the project (subject to acquiring relevant permissions):
- Provision of a cycling and walking route between the Brooklands Business Park, Weybridge Railway Station and towards Weybridge town centre. A map has been included below to show where the route is planned.
- Improving the pedestrian refuges in the vicinity of Weybridge Railway Station.
- Changes at Weybridge Railway Station such as increasing cycle storage.
- Seeking to make improvements to and safeguarding access through private roads in Brooklands.
- Providing better public bus facilities (shelters, real-time passenger information, raising kerbs and provision of clearway markings).
- Improving wayfinding signage in the area to assist with navigation for those travelling on foot or by bike.
How is the project being funded?
Surrey County Council submitted a bid for Local Growth Funding from the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to fund the majority of the project. The Business Case for £2,172,000 LEP funding has been approved. The total (full scope) project budget is £2,896,000 with the additional funding coming from local contribution.
Progress so far and next steps
Phase 1 (see information lower down on this page) is majority completed and Phase 2 is now underway and well advanced.
Phase 2 – in progress
Improvements to Footpaths 21 and 22 in Weybridge, their temporary closures
We are making improvements along the lengths of the Footpaths 21 and 22 in Weybridge and in order to ensure safe working areas whilst works are undertaken, an Order has been made to manage temporary closures along these routes. The extent of the routes are shown in the Plan below.
The works being undertaken include resurfacing, siding out vegetation/material that has encroached the width, widening the hard surfacing, tree works, fencing and installation of lighting where it does not exist on the western arm of FP21. The full extent of the work will also depend on the outcome of a proposal to formalise the use of some of the arms of the paths for cycling (see next section below).
The closures will not be continuous but managed over a 6-month period between 12 October 2020 and 11 April 2021. This provides a window of time for us to close any lengths of path when it is necessary for safe working, but where safe to do so, we intend to keep routes open whenever possible. The Plan displayed above shows 4 path arms that centre on the crossing point E. We do not expect that there will be any more than 1 of the 4 arms closed at any one time. It is anticipated that length A-E will be most affected, but the route through the park would offer a nearby alternative. Very little work (if any) is planned between B to E. Given the high number of students that use the paths, generally we will try our best to avoid closures which impact on peak school travel times, particularly along D-E. We do not have specific dates for when work will take place: much of the work is quite specialised and several contractors will have to be involved.
When work is ongoing, we will provide signs/information on site to inform users of specific closures.
Cycle Tracks Order affecting Footpaths 21 and 22 in Weybridge
The County Council is making a Cycle Tracks Order affecting sections of Footpath 21 and Footpath 22 Walton & Weybridge, to formalise their use by cyclists. If the Order made is confirmed as unopposed, cycle tracks will be created over the western arm of Footpath 21 and the full length of Footpath 22, as shown in the plan below. Only part of the widths of Footpath 21 and Footpath 22 will be converted, keeping the remaining width of these sections as Public Footpath registered on the Definitive Map. In reality there will be no segregation between cycle track and footpath and the paths will be for shared use.
The creation of cycle tracks are planned to formally complete the safer cycling route the County Council is establishing between Brooklands and Weybridge town centre to encourage low-carbon, healthier and more inclusive travel options. The Weybridge end of the route would utilise these paths, Melrose Road and Waverley Road ('quiet' roads), and the new path constructed along Heath Road. Accident data evidences that these paths and the 'quiet' roads provide a safer route for cyclists.
Evidenced by count data, it is known that these sections of path are currently very well used by cyclists and this will continue to be the case given that there is no existing prohibition or intention to prohibit cycling here. It has therefore been considered beneficial to formally create cycle tracks and undertake improvements to these paths to better accommodate cyclists and pedestrians. The Cycle Tracks Order Notice is provided below.
Pedestrian/cycle route between Weybridge Railway Station and the Brooklands Community Park and Cycle Tracks Orders
Phase 2 includes works to establish a formal pedestrian/cycle route between Weybridge Railway Station (Heath South car park) and the Brooklands Community Park. It has been decided that the route will also be extended along Sopwith Drive to the junction with the A245. A contractor (Colas) moved into the site on 26 May 2020 to construct a 3m wide bound path section between Seven Arches Approach and just beyond Seven Arches Bridge (south-west of Seven Arches Approach). This section has been completed apart from installation of signs and some surface dressing in specific locations.
From 6 July 2020 a second contractor (Kier) started on site to complete the route from Seven Arches Bridge to the entrance of the Brooklands Community Park, and additionally along Sopwith Drive up to the junction with the A245. These works have been substantially completed. Outstanding works items include installation of signs and some surface dressing in specific locations.
In order to best guarantee into the future that cyclists can use the full route between the Brooklands Business Park and Weybridge Railway Station, we are making Cycle Tracks Orders to convert sections of public footpath to cycle track. Only part of the width public footpaths will be converted to cycle track leaving the remaining width as public footpath that is shown on the Definitive Map. In reality the full widths of the paths will be shared for both pedestrians and cyclists to use.
Having undertaken consultation, we have made one Cycle Tracks Order to convert two sections of Public Footpath 23 (Walton and Weybridge) to cycle track. Although the Order has been made, the cycle track status will come into effect after the construction works have been completed, ensuring a high standard facility is provided for cyclists first. A second Cycle Tracks Order is currently being considered to extend the length of cycle track along Public Footpath 23 further south across the River Wey and underneath Seven Arches Bridge. Further information will be provided when the process to make the Order is carried out.
Brooklands Road pedestrian refuge by St George's Avenue
The pedestrian refuge on Brooklands Road by St George's Avenue has recently been widened to improve this informal crossing point used by pedestrians.
Phase 1 – majority complete
Improvements to the pedestrian refuges near Weybridge Railway Station
Works to improve the pedestrian refuges outside Weybridge Station were taken forward in November and December 2019. Refuges were widened/installed at three locations near the station: across Heath Road, across Hanger Hill, and across the entrance to the station (Station Approach/Old Heath Road). The works completed were taken forward to improve pedestrian provision and safety in this busy location outside the station.
Heath Road pedestrian/cycle path
Immediately north of Weybridge Railway Station, a shared pedestrian/cycle path has been constructed along the western side of B374 Heath Road as far as Brooklands Lane. This scheme provides a wide path, separated from traffic that both pedestrians and cyclists can use to improve sustainable travel options in the area as well as accessibility to and from Weybridge Station. The majority of the construction works have been completed.
As the shared pedestrian/cycle path along Heath Road required building a path on Weybridge Heath Common Land, it was necessary to obtain consent from the Planning Inspectorate to carry out the works. An application was submitted in October 2017 and an Inspector was appointed to determine the decision of the application. Consent was awarded in July 2018 in accordance with the application.
For further enquiries you can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include 'Brooklands Accessibility' in your email subject.
Files available to download
- Brooklands Business Park Accessibility Project Walking and Cycling Route Map (PDF)
Map of Brooklands Business Park Accessibility Project Walking and Cycling Route
- Plan of temporary closures to FP21 and FP22 in Weybridge (PDF)
Plan showing Footpaths 21 and 22 in Weybridge where temporary closures will be managed
- Footpaths 21 and 22 Cycle Tracks Order Plan (PDF)
Cycle Tracks Order Plan for Footpaths 21 and 22 in Weybridge
- Footpaths 21 and 22 Notice of Making Cycle Tracks Order (PDF)
Notice of Making Cycle Tracks Order for Footpaths 21 and 22 in Weybridge