We are now deferring the main scheme until early 2019. This is because we need more time to plan the specialist work required.
Tilford Road will be under a full road closure; it is necessary to keep the bridge safe until the main works are programmed. The footpath over the bridge will remain open for pedestrians while these works take place.
In the meantime, we have compiled some information below which should answer your questions about the scheme
What does the scheme involve?
Refurbishment of Tilford East Bridge, which will include improving the durability of the structure's parapet, replacing all of the hidden oak beams with steel beams and repairing the stonework.
Will the structure look different after the work is completed?
No, this is a scheduled monument and all work carried out by Surrey County Council has to conform to Historic England guidelines. A scheduled monument is an historic building or site that is included in the Schedule of Monuments kept by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Please see the Historic England website for more information about the bridge.
When will the works start?
Works are now due to begin in early 2019.
How long will the works take?
The scheme will be intricate requiring specialist and skilled contractors to repair the stone work as existing. We have strict conditions set out by Historic England under the schedule of monuments consents concerning dismantlement of the existing bridge and construction of the new one.
Therefore we anticipate the duration will be between 4-6 months long however this is yet to be confirmed.
Will there be a temporary footbridge for pedestrians to cross over the river during the works?
Yes, this is currently in the design process. The bridge will be open for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists.
How will equestrians cross the river during the works?
There will be no access through the river for equestrians. Closer to scheme commencement an alternative equestrian route will be advised.
What permits are required for the scheme?
Permits are required from both the Environment Agency and Historic England.
What will the diversion be for vehicles?
Following consultation with Tilford Parish, a diversion route has been agreed, as detailed below:
Vehicular traffic will be diverted via Tilford Road, Thursley Road, Farnham Road and Tilford Street or this route in reverse order.
Access for equestrians will be maintained via a separate diversion route along BOAT 525 (Byway open to all traffic) or bridleway 7.
Maps of these diversions routes will be published on our website when works are underway.
Will there be advanced warning notices and letters sent out in advance of the scheme?
Yes we will provide as much advanced notice as possible.
Will the river be available for paddling during the works?
Unfortunately the river will be closed during the scheme. This is for the safety of all.
I have a business, can I get a business rate reduction?
To be granted a business rate reduction there has to be a Material Change Circumstance (MCC) for the duration of a scheme.
As a general rule MCC would need to last at least 6 months before it is considered having an impact on the rateable value. This period can be shorter if the impact of the specific MCC is very severe.
For information about reduced business rates please contact the Valuation Office (part of the Inland Revenue) number on 0300 501 501 and then press option 2 and hold to speak to someone.
They will then advise you to register on their website where the application will be assessed for eligibility.