Elmbridge major transport schemes

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/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 proposed.
  • Improving the pedestrian refuges in the vicinity of Weybridge Railway Station.
  • Changes at Weybridge Railway Station such as potentially 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

The delivery of the project is currently scheduled up until March 2021. Phase 1 (see information lower down on this page) is majority completed and Phase 2 is now underway.

Phase 2 – in progress

Brooklands Road pedestrian refuge by St George's Avenue

The pedestrian refuge on Brooklands Road by St George's Avenue is being widened to improve this informal crossing point used by pedestrians. The works are planned to start from 29 June 2020 and to last for approximately one week. Three-way traffic lights will be in operation in order for the works to take place safely.

Pedestrian/cycle route between Weybridge Railway Station and the Brooklands Community Park

Phase 2 includes works to establish a formal pedestrian/cycle route between Weybridge Railway Station (Heath South car park) and the Brooklands Community Park. 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). These works are now well progressed.

From 6 July 2020 a second contractor (Kier) will start on site to complete the route between Seven Arches Bridge and the entrance to the Brooklands Community Park at Sopwith Drive. Kier intend on simultaneously starting at both ends of this route section. The works at Sopwith Drive will involve widening the paved area on the footway between the corner with Barnes Wallis Drive and the pedestrian refuge crossing point on Sopwith Drive and this will become shared use for pedestrians and cyclists. The refuge itself will also be improved including provision of tactile paving. Whilst the works are being undertaken in this location, there will be some narrowing of the lanes on Sopwith Drive to ensure safe working areas.

Temporary footpath closures

In order to construct a bound path between Seven Arches Approach and Seven Arches Bridge, it is necessary to temporarily close sections of public footpaths in the immediate vicinity. The maximum extents of public footpath closures are shown in the plan below. In addition, a section of permissive right of way underneath and either side of Seven Arches Bridge will need to be included as part of these closures.

Surrey County Council has made a temporary order to close sections of the public footpaths for up to 6 months starting 29 May 2020. However, this is just an overall time window when the closures can be operated. Sections of the paths will only actually be closed in locations where and when the contractor is working, and/or there are no safe options to pass. The paths will be open in the evenings and at weekends when possible and the site is deemed safe. The intention is that only a section of Footpath 23 between Seven Arches Approach and the footbridge over the River Wey (A – B on the plan) will be closed for an extended period, however Footpath 39, which runs parallel, will provide a diversion route and so through access will be maintained. However, there will be a short time period when more sections must be closed when working where the routes converge at the footbridge over the River Wey or the final surface is being applied. Notices will be positioned on site to explain the restrictions as they happen.

During the phase of works between Seven Arches Bridge and the Brooklands Community Park there will also be a need to intermittently close sections of the permissive path along the river in this location to ensure safe working. It is expected that the contractor (Kier) will facilitate passage of users when it is safe to do so, particularly where there is enough space around the working width, to minimise impact as much as possible. However, there will be some periods when passage is not possible. Restrictions will be signed on site when they are in place.

Cycle Track Orders

Having undertaken consultation, we have made a Cycle Track Order to convert two sections of Public Footpath 23 (Walton and Weybridge) to cycle track. The cycle track will be recorded as having a width of 2m, leaving the remaining width of these sections of public footpath on the Definitive Map. In reality there will be no segregation between the cycle track and footpath. The sections that will be converted are shown across the two plans below:

The conversion to cycle track is needed to permit cyclists to use these sections of the scheme's route between the Brooklands Business Park and Weybridge Railway Station. 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 Track Order is currently being considered to extend the length of cycle track which will be in place along Public Footpath 23 further south across the River Wey and underneath Seven Arches Bridge. Further information will be provided if the decision is made to make the Cycle Track Order.

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.

Contact us

For further enquiries you can email us at: majorschemes@surreycc.gov.uk

Please include 'Brooklands Accessibility' in your email subject.

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