Project 3 – Farnham A31 Corridor

The A31 is a traffic bottleneck which also splits Farnham in two, creating severance between southern areas and the railway station, and the central and northern areas of the town.

For drivers, there's congestion right along the A31 corridor in Farnham. For pedestrians, we want to improve crossings to minimise the severance between the different parts of the town for people who walk, cycle or use public transport.

The project objectives for the Farnham A31 Corridor are to:

  • Ease congestion and delays on the A31 and at key junctions
  • Improve road safety
  • Improve the transport network with prioritisation of public transport
  • Improve walking and cycling at Hickley's Corner and connections to/and from Farnham Town Centre
  • Resolve community severance by improving connectivity across Farnham
  • Reduce the impacts of the level crossing
  • Facilitate development in Farnham
  • Address air quality issues in Farnham

Department for Transport funding

The cost of the A31 improvements is more than the Farnham Infrastructure Programme partners can afford alone. Therefore, an application is being made for funding from the Department for Transport (DfT).

To help develop and support our funding submission, we're asking for feedback on the options, however there will be a full public consultation on the A31 corridor before any final plans are submitted to the DfT.

If the plans are approved at each stage, the process is:

  1. Submit a Strategic Outline Business Case to DfT. This was completed in November 2021, and the funding decision is expected by autumn 2022.
  2. Submit an Outline Business Case. This will include more detailed designs, and impacts on traffic across the town, pedestrians, cyclists and the environment will be assessed in more detail, along with a public consultation. We expect to submit this in summer 2023.
  3. Submit the Final Business Case – the DfT's final decision on whether to fund the scheme is based on this. It will include final detailed designs and costs. We expect to submit this between late 2023 and early 2024.

If funding for the scheme is agreed by the DfT, the earliest construction could begin is in winter 2024.

Potential solutions

As part of the Farnham Infrastructure Programme, we plan to upgrade the Coxbridge Roundabout, and the Shepherd and Flock Roundabout, with layout changes, traffic lights on some approaches, lane widening and better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.
For pedestrians, we want to improve crossings to minimise the severance between the different parts of the town for people who walk, cycle or use public transport.

Feedback

A consultation on Farnham Town Centre and the Farnham A31 Corridor is now live.

The Farnham Infrastructure Programme has proposed three options for an upgrade to the A31 Corridor and are looking to gather early feedback on these options as part of a consultation in Summer 2022.

Visit the Farnham Infrastructure Programme consultation site to review the documents and provide feedback on proposals.