The Epsom 'Plan E' highway improvements involve a variety of schemes to change the road layout in Epsom to help reduce congestion and improve the town centre's appearance. We are currently undertaking improvements to Epsom Market Place.
During the Epsom Market Place improvement works, the Market and local businesses will remain open as usual.
- Epsom Market Place
- Spread Eagle Junction
- Taxi rank relocation
- Town centre traffic light control
- Epsom 'Plan E' Highway improvements
- A24 Network Resilience Epsom Town Centre Business Case submission
- Contact the Plan E team
Epsom Market Place
Work in the Epsom Market Place is now underway and is expected to continue through 2019 and in to 2020. More information can be found in our letter to residents and businesses (PDF)
The Market and local businesses are open as usual during these works.
As part of on going support for local businesses and the community, a major revamp of the Epsom Market Place will make it a much more attractive and vibrant place.
The current paving is reaching the end of its life and, rather than simply replace it, Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, in partnership with Surrey County Council (SCC), is taking the opportunity to provide a comprehensive upgrade to the area to transform its appearance and make the area much more of a destination for customers and visitors.
This represents a major investment in the town centre by the borough council, utilising funds collected from developers that can only be spent on infrastructure schemes like this, with additional funding from SCC and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership. The work itself is being managed on a day to day basis by the county council and undertaken by their contractor.
The Market Place upgrade is building on the improvements already made to the road network around Epsom by the county council, which are already showing improvements to traffic flows.
Improvement works to the Market Place include the following:
- New paving
- New seating
- New power network and lighting
- New 'wayfinding' signs
- Installation of a new drinking fountain
- Relocation of the Evocation of Speed statue
- Creating a location for the proposed Emily Davison statue
- Renovation of the Richmond Cattle Trough and the time capsule stone
- New trees and dedicated tree pits
The Market Place improvement works will take place in three phases:
Phase 1 will continue the new paving on the south side of the High Street from the old taxi rank area to past the Clock Tower and is scheduled for completion in summer 2019. During this phase the market will be relocated to the western end of the Market Place with access via the existing entrance \ exit arrangements.
Phase 2 will continue the new paving on the other side of the Market Place by swapping arrangements so that the market will be re-located back to the area by the Clock Tower, but entrance and exit arrangements will be via the temporary 'dropdown kerbs' currently being installed to the west of the Clock Tower.
Phase 3 will include paving outside the Assembly Rooms and the relocation of the Evocation of Speed statue. Once all 3 phases are completed the temporary dropped kerbs will be reinstated with full height kerbs, and the new entry and exit arrangements established and any remaining works completed.
During each phase of the works, all trees will be removed. New trees will be planted from November 2019 during the approved planting season for trees.
We are aware of the historical aspects to the Market Place and we will ensure they are preserved. Epsom Clock Tower will be protected and both the Richmond Cattle Trough and the time capsule stone will be taken to a specialist stone mason for restoration.
We will also be working with the Emily Davison Project to offer a prominent location in the Market Place for their memorial statue.
Paving outside shops (from Lakeland to Boots). Access to properties and businesses will be maintained at all times. Works to repave up to shop doors will be undertaken at night.
Some of the fencing and barriers around the Clock Tower will be removed and the area opened for public use
We will continue to monitor the extent of the lane closure on High Street, and where possible reduce the length of the closure to help deal with traffic delays.
Recently completed work
- Sections of new paving have been completed
- 'Time capsule' stone lifted and sent for refurbishment
- Richmond cattle trough lifted and sent for cleaning - this will resituated during phase 2
- Market Place site clearance
- Demolished the planter outside Weatherspoon's to provide extra temporary market space
- Erected bollards to control access to the Market Place, this will monitored for any unauthorised access/safety issues
Spread Eagle Junction
All pedestrian crossing points have now been opened and the junction is operating safely. The junction will come under 'Urban Traffic Control' (UTC) management once other traffic signal refurbishment has been completed. The junction phasing now allows the Ashley Centre pedestrian crossing and Waterloo Road pedestrian crossing to run simultaneously and reduce the overall junction cycle time.
New pedestrian countdown markers at the crossing points are now operational and will improve safety for all users.
Works to update the street lighting at this location are underway
Taxi rank relocation
As part of the highway improvement works and to provide more public space, the taxi rank by Epsom Clock Tower has been relocated to the western end of the High Street, outside TK Maxx.
This will ensure that the black taxi trade continues to have a presence in the High Street to serve the local community.
Signage is in place to notify and direct customers from the old rank to the new rank.
Town centre traffic light control
Operation of some signals is currently different to normal. This is because the 'Urban Traffic Control' (UTC) management of the signals is not currently operating across the whole town centre and cannot, whilst road works continue. Individual junctions are still operating intelligently, however they are not yet able to communicate with one another.
We will continue to review the vehicle detection measures, programming and operation of all junctions as new traffic movements become clearer and more commonplace and will seek to optimise the operation of each junction accordingly. When all works are completed and the full UTC operation is restored, further refinements can be made.
Epsom 'Plan E' Highway improvements
The County Council has been awarded £2.7m from the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to change the road layout in Epsom to help reduce congestion and improve the town centre's appearance. The scheme contributes towards securing Epsom's town centre future as set out in the Borough Council's adopted Area Action Plan, Plan E.
The scheme aims to reduce congestion and promote economic growth by making it easier for shoppers to get to the town centre provide an attractive business environment and support the creation of jobs.
We will be issuing regular updates on this webpage as the scheme progresses. Enter your email address below to keep up to date with the Epsom Town Centre works.
A24 Network Resilience Epsom Town Centre business case submission
The Business Case to the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership bidding for £2million Local Growth Deal Funding to fund the A24 Network Resilience scheme has been resubmitted on 8 September, including Independent Assurance recommending the scheme for funding approval.
The scheme aims to address drainage and carriageway defects identified at the 'Spread Eagle' junction and other sections of the one-way system, during recent investigations part of the Plan E Highway Improvements scheme which are out of scope and budget of the Plan E Highway Improvements scheme .
If the bid is successful the resilience scheme will provide reinstatement of the existing drainage system identified as in poor structural repair, improve access to drainage to ease future maintenance, repair and resurface the worn carriageway and re-profile the road to balance flow into drainage systems. The works will coincide with the current planned Highways works in 2017 as part of the Epsom Plan E Highway Improvement works and will result in significant reductions in the need for future reactive maintenance to provide a fully resilient town centre highway network.
For this cross-borough scheme, please follow the link to find out more: Epsom and Banstead major transport schemes
Unsuccessful bid for funding
We have recently been informed that the A24 Epsom Town Centre Network Resilience scheme bid was unsuccessful and has not been awarded funding. Surrey County Council are waiting on feedback from the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (C2C LEP) to understand why the funding was unsuccessful. The lack of funding results in the eastern ends of the High Street and East Street junctions in not being resurfaced and some other drainage works will not being corrected. However funds are available to ensure that drainage defects will be corrected and the carriageway will be resurfaced on the western side of the town centre as part of the Plan E Highways Improvements works. The County Council will continue to lobby the C2C LEP to fund this important scheme for Epsom Town Centre.
- Email us at: email@example.com (Please include 'Plan E' in your email subject)
- Contact us via our contact centre.
Files available to download
- Epsom Market Place works plan (792.0 KB)
Map showing details of Epsom Market Place improvements 2019
- Epsom Market Place - artist impression (815.8 KB)
Drawing of Epsom Market Place after works have been completed
- Epsom market place works - Phases 1A and 1B (106.8 KB)
Map showing works area for Phase 1A and 1B
- Epsom market place works - Phases 2A, 2B and 3 (105.6 KB)
Map showing works area for Phase 2A, 2B and 3
- Epsom market place transformation drawing and plan (527.7 KB)
Drawing of proposed changes to Epsom Market Place
- Epsom town centre Market Place improvement letter (484.3 KB)
Market Place improvements letter for Epsom town centre