This project is looking at a range of changes which can be implemented quickly to make swift improvements to travel around Farnham. The options being considered include:
- Rerouting of HGVs
- Implementation of 20 miles per hour (mph) zones in central areas
- Removing A road category status for the roads that cross the town centre
- Addressing current concerns related to pedestrian safety on narrow pavements
More information on the project can be found in the programme vision (PDF).
Rerouting of HGVs
Work has started on proposed restrictions of HGVs in the A3016 Upper Hale Road and the A287 Folly Hill, Castle Hill and Castle Street other than for access only. It is hoped that this will prevent HGVs from diverting from the A31 through the town centre, Hale and Upper Hale.
A consultation on proposed HGV restrictions in Farnham closed on 15 April 2021.
- January 22 Farnham Board report Revision 1 (PDF)
- November 20 Farnham Board report (PDF) and HGV study (PDF)
Implementation of 20 mph zones and speed restrictions
The programme is considering introducing speed restrictions in the following areas:
- Town centre – 20mph zone
- West Street gateway – 20mph limit with gateway feature
- East Street gateway – 20mph limit
- Castle Street gateway – 20mph limit
- Upper Hale – Signage refresh, gateway treatment and Hale School review
- Heath End - gateway feature
Removing A road category status for the roads that cross the town centre
The possibility of reclassification of some roads through the centre of Farnham is being investigated. The study is looking at the A287 north to south, Folly Hill, Castle Hill, and Castle Street; and the A325 West Street and East Street.
Pedestrian safety on narrow pavements
Pavement-widening measures are in place along The Borough and Downing Street in the town centre to give space for pedestrians to maintain social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. The measures are being kept under constant review and have been upgraded since they were first installed in 2020 to improve appearance.