Coronavirus: how the outbreak is affecting our roadworks and maintenance
Surrey County Council is changing its roadworks programme to help keep its workers and the public safe during the coronavirus restrictions. More information and updates can be found on our roadworks coronavirus page.
How Coronavirus restrictions affect this work site:
In light of the current risk of the spread of the Coronavirus our aim is keep staff and the public safe. Sites where we have scaffolding require statutory activities/ inspections to be undertaken regularly, which can require staff to be out on the network. When these necessary activities take place, we encourage everyone to follow guidelines in terms of hygiene and social distancing.
Precautions being taken to limit site attendance and maintenance will be:
- As we are currently unable to guarantee scaffold inspections to certify safety of the temporary footbridge, the existing structure is being put into service, but please note that the width is restricted. When the situation changes, we will consider reverting to the temporary scaffold bridge, provided we can secure the inspections.
- Closing the temporary footbridge and opening the main bridge and creating a safe walkway across the bridge. There will be no lighting on the bridge.
- The generator that powered the lights and river level probe was removed from site on Thursday 26 March.
- River levels will be monitored manually on a daily basis via Environment Agency monitoring stations.
Activities to continue whilst observing the government guidelines for social distancing:
- The river boom will still be checked weekly for debris clearance and maintenance.
- The traffic management will still be checked daily.
The site will be made safe by the end of Friday 27 March and closed until further notice. Please check this page for further updates on this work site.
Emergency contact details
In an emergency situation where there is a danger to life, please call 999 immediately.
For other emergencies relating to the temporary footbridge or the works site please call Surrey County Council on: 0300 200 1003
Tilford East Bridge is now closed and will only reopen at the completion of works.
Access for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists is being maintained via the temporary footbridge.
We are undertaking a full refurbishment of Tilford East Bridge. This includes improving the durability of the structure's parapet, replacing all of the hidden oak beams with steel beams and repairing the stonework.
Works commenced on site in June 2019 with the construction of the temporary footbridge. Work on the bridge structure itself commenced in September 2019. Work is expected to take approximately 10 months.
As it is a scheduled monument all work carried out on Tilford East Bridge has to conform to Historic England guidelines. Please see more information about the bridge on the Historic England website.
For the latest progress update, please see Tilford East Bridge improvement scheme newsletter
Frequently asked questions
Why are the works so long?
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. Where time savings can be made we will endeavour to do so.
What are the working hours?
The contract working week is Monday to Friday, however, where necessary the contractors will be working weekends.
How will equestrians cross the river during the works?
There will be no access through the river for equestrians. Access for equestrians will be maintained via a separate diversion route along BOAT 525 (byway open to all traffic) or bridleway seven.
What permits are required for the scheme?
Permits have been obtained from both the Environment Agency and Historic England.
What will the diversion be for vehicles?
Following consultation with Tilford Parish Council, a diversion route has been agreed, as detailed below:
Tilford Road, Thursley Road, Farnham Road and Tilford Street, or this route in reverse order.
Will the riverside car park be open for all to use during the works?
The parish council have kindly allowed us to use the car park as the site compound for the duration of the scheme. There will be no access for other vehicles during the project.
Will the river be available for paddling during the works?
For safety reasons, the river will be closed during the scheme.
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 six 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 two and hold to speak to someone. They will then advise you to register on their website where the application will be assessed for eligibility.
We will be issuing regular updates on this web page as the scheme progresses. Enter your email address below to keep up to date with the Tilford East Bridge improvement project.