Guildford Quality Bus Corridors - Epsom Road improvement works

Park Lane roundabout junction

What are we doing?

At the Park Lane roundabout, the westbound exit onto Epsom Road heading in to town will see its traffic island reduced in size and hatching fronting the island removed to create more room for traffic to merge into the single lane. This formalises an existing situation observed at peak times where many drivers currently wait on the hatched area to merge into the single lane, in order to clear the roundabout and allow other traffic on the roundabout to flow. It is anticipated that formalising this arrangement will ease traffic flow on this congested roundabout.

Start date, duration and traffic management

The works are due to start on 28 May, overnight from 8pm to 6am, for 7 nights on weeknights only. The works will be carried out under lane closures.

Bushy Hill Road junction

Update Monday 7 June

Due to a delay on another set of works, the start date of these works has been delayed. The works will start one night later on Tuesday 8 June.

Update Friday 21 May

Due to delays caused by the unidentified cable found on site, we have had to extend the duration of this job to the 14 of June. We have had to change the dates for the resurfacing work and we now aim to complete these from 7 to the 13 of June at night. The working hours for the resurfacing works will be 8pm to 6am under a road closure.

Update Wednesday 19 May

There has been an unidentified cable found under the bollard at this site. The teams have been investigating and the cable belongs to UK Power Network. We can not carry out any further work on site until the cable has been disconnected and made safe.

The work will be carried out between 7.30am and 5:30pm, and the temporary traffic lights will be in place for the entire duration of the works.

What we are doing

We will be carrying out pedestrian island improvement works on Bushy Hill Drive and Epsom Road, Guildford. This is part of the quality bus corridor improvements that are taking place across Guildford for the next 12 months. The traffic lights will also be upgraded to detect late-running buses and change the lights in their favour where possible. The pavement on the northern side of Epsom Road as well as the pedestrian refuge on Bushy Hill Drive will be widened and improved to better accommodate mobility aids and pushchairs as well as provide greater comfort for people walking to and from the bus stop nearby, as well as other pedestrians.

Why are we doing the works?

Surrey County Council is looking to improve bus journey times around Guildford, as part of its commitment to sustainable transport. One element of this project has been looking at the junction of Epsom Road with Bushy Hill Drive and the roundabout junction with Park Lane. The existing traffic lights have been optimised to minimise the delay to buses as well as the rest of the general traffic. Unfortunately, this location remains a congestion point for all traffic, and therefore the only way to improve the situation is to change the physical layout of the junction.

Over the last couple of years, information has been gathered and many various options have been explored as to if and how the situation could be improved. As part of these studies, it was found that drivers turning right into Bushy Hill Drive from Epsom Road frequently have difficulties in positioning their vehicle fully out of the westbound lane heading into Guildford. This situation is made worse when two or more vehicles, or a bus or other large vehicle, are wishing to turn right during the same signal stage. This restriction of westbound traffic through the junction aids the creation of congestion and delays. To improve this situation, a longer right turning lane needs to be created. This could only be achieved by removing or relocating the existing signalised pedestrian refuge island. Due to the large number of pedestrians that use this crossing to safety cross Epsom Road, the total removal of the island was discounted as an option.

With the need to create a greater holding space for vehicles turning right into Bushy Hill Drive and not blocking resident's vehicle access, it is proposed that the signalised island be relocated to a position nearer the access to the petrol station. Vehicle behaviour modelling of this proposed arrangement has been carried out and shown that this layout will improve journey times for all vehicles including buses.

Unfortunately, the planned works require the existing traffic signals being removed, and as such cannot be left in operation during construction. It is recognised that temporary traffic signals do not operate as well as permanent signals and are therefore likely to increase traffic congestion. Efforts are made to unsure that the impact on traffic is minimised as much as possible, including them being manually controlled during peak hours.

Roadworks during COVID-19 restrictions

We are carrying out these works in line with central government and COVID-19 safe working practises in accordance with the CLC Site Operating Procedures, endorsed by Public Health England.