London Road, Burpham - Active Travel Scheme

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Update 25 January 2023

On Thursday 5 January, we had the opportunity to listen to residents' concerns about the London Road, Burpham, Active Travel Scheme. We also heard the views of those who are in favour.

We plan to further engage with residents and are working with the Consultation Institute to build a robust model for how to do this now and in the future.

We will look at design options as well as the construction and delivery of the scheme.

We are building a list of stakeholders to help us shape the consultation. This will help us consider options in a more collaborative way. The list includes the London Road Action Group, residents' associations and other community groups. It will also include groups who are supportive of the scheme so we can get a balance of views. We will be consulting with Local Councillors and Guildford Borough Council too. The first meeting will take place before the end of February.

We are planning drop-in sessions and other engagement with residents in March/April.

We will provide regular updates on progress. Subscribe for alerts when there are updates on this website [link to form]. Unsubscribe any time by emailing us on the address below. You can also use this email address to send enquiries or feedback burpham.activetravel@surreycc.gov.uk

What's happening and why?

What's happening?

  • Installing one-way dedicated cycle paths on both sides of London Road
  • Upgrading the existing roundabouts to provide safer crossings for cyclists and pedestrians
  • Creating new crossing points
  • Making improvements to existing junctions
  • Upgrading bus stops

Why are we doing this?

We want to ensure our roads are safer and more accessible for children, pedestrians and cyclists travelling around Guildford, for now and in the future.

We are committed to making Guildford a greener place to live by reducing carbon emissions and deliver on our county's net zero ambition by 2050.

What is the case for linking Burpham to Guildford with a cycleway?

Over the last couple of years, we have been working towards our goal of building a network of cycleways around Guildford. Each of the following reports identifies the A3100 as a key route for improvement as part of a wider network:

The route from Burpham to Guildford has been prioritised because of current demand and the potential to encourage residents in Burpham and the surrounding area to cycle to key destinations in Guildford. The new cycleway will be wide and continuous to provide a better cycling experience, especially for younger or less confident cyclists.

Our goal is to create links to existing cycle routes along Clay Lane and Ladymead. In future, we hope to consult with residents about improvements to the Boxgrove Roundabout and links to the cycle lanes through Stoke Park and the stretch past Guildford High School.

The consultation process

Who was consulted?

Residents and businesses of all demographics were selected to ensure we captured comments that represented the views of the whole community.

What were the results?

  • 58% of those residents and businesses consulted supported the scheme
  • 27% were not supportive of the scheme
  • 15% were unsure of their view

What methods were used?

The consultation was a two-phased scientific study.

Phase 1 lasted ten days and involved 200 residents and small businesses interacting on an online community website. Daily tasks included break-out focus groups that discussed issues around living in Surrey. The groups also looked at Surrey County Council's priorities and how they matched with residents' priorities. Phase 1 also gathered views around active travel.

Phase 2 involved a survey conducted online and by telephone with over 500 residents who were initially engaged online and balanced by borough, age, gender and ethnicity. Later, we also engaged a further 684 residents in postcodes within 2km of a scheme, balanced by age, gender and ethnicity using ward-level population data.

We plan to publish the postcodes of residents consulted in Phase 2 together with the questions they were asked.

How were the residents selected for Phase 2?

We engaged a research company to carry out the consultation on our behalf. They selected residents who lived close to the scheme and had previously volunteered to be contacted for their opinions on a variety of matters. This involved people of all ages and demographics.

What are our plans for future consultation with Burpham residents?

We plan to meet residents, local businesses, schools and residents' associations in Burpham and Abbotswood soon.

Costs and funding

How is the scheme funded?

The scheme is funded by central government through Active Travel. Read about the Active Travel Fund for roads and pavements at Surrey County Council.

What are the costs?

After meeting with residents on Thursday 5 January, we are reviewing the design of the scheme and how it is built. This is likely to impact the final costs. We will share details when we have them.

Why can't the money be spent on repairing potholes instead?

This money is ring-fenced for walking and cycling schemes. It cannot be spent on the maintenance of existing roads. The government wants to encourage more people to choose alternatives to public transport, making healthier habits easier and helping ensure the road, bus and rail networks are ready to respond to future increases in demand.

What is the cost per cyclist?

Surrey County Council's consultants' traffic data indicates the number of daily cycling trips using the route now is 230. Once the scheme is in place, we expect it to rise to 378. When we have the final costs, we will share them here. Surrey has the highest number of cyclist casualties in Great Britain. We want to create a dedicated space to make them safer.

Timings

How long will the work last?

Following feedback, we are reviewing some elements of the designs which will impact on the duration of the work. When we have more details, we will share them on this webpage.

Will the work clash with GCSEs and A Levels?

As part of our further engagement process, we plan to talk to residents and local schools and listen to their concerns about disruption during external exams.

Local impact

How will the work impact the local community?

We understand the significant impact this work will have on the community. We are committed to carrying out the work safely, both for our workforce and local people. We want to minimise disruption as much as possible so we will find the best approach to traffic management and keep night-time working to a minimum. Following feedback from the meeting with residents on Thursday 5 January, we are reviewing some elements of the design and will share details when we have them.

Not everyone is able to walk or cycle and some people may not want to

We accept that not all residents are in favour of improving walking and cycling facilities. However, we are committed to reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality and most importantly, reducing accidents for pedestrians and cyclists.

Safety and security

How many accidents have taken place on this stretch of road?

The tables below show total accidents and casualties over the last ten years. The first table shows data for the entire stretch of road, the second table shows the data excluding the Boxgrove Roundabout and the Woodruff Roundabout. Please note, due to a recording error, this information differs from details shared at the public meeting on Thursday 5 January. We apologise for any misunderstanding this may have caused.

Table to show accidents and casualties on A3100 London Road, Burpham, including the Boxgrove Roundabout and the New Inn Roundabout, from 2012 to 2022 inclusive.

Year Total accidents Serious accidents Total casualties Serious casualties Total cyclist accidents Total cyclist casualties Total serious cyclist accidents

YearTotal accidentsSerious accidentsTotal casualtiesSerious casualtiesTotal cyclist accidentsTotal cyclist casualtiesTotal serious cycle accidents
201292122552
2013121151770
2014113183441
2015132152331
20167191331
2017122122441
201861101220
20194040230
20201111000
20215050110
202280100330
Totals88131111334356

Table to show accidents and casualties on A3100 London Road, Burpham, excluding the Boxgrove Roundabout and the New Inn Roundabout, from 2012 to 2022 inclusive.

Year Total accidents Serious accidents Total casualties Serious casualties Total cyclist accidents Total cyclist casualties Total serious cyclist accidents

YearTotal accidentsSerious accidentsTotal casualtiesSerious casualtiesTotal cyclist accidentsTotal cyclist casualtiesTotal serious cyclist accidents
20123040110
20135080220
201472142110
20153141000
20162141111
20178282330
20184171110
20192020120
20200000000
20213030110
20224050220
Totals41759713141

Did you consult the emergency services?

We are in constant communication with the emergency services about proposals for the scheme and to discuss specific concerns. Whenever we apply for a traffic order to close a road, we consult with them as a requirement.

How will emergency services reach residents in Burpham and Abbotswood while work in taking place?

After listening to feedback from residents, we are reviewing some elements of the design. When we have more information about access for emergency services, we will post it here.

Is a road width of three metres sufficient for HGVs to pass safely?

We carried out extensive traffic modelling but after feedback from residents we are reviewing some elements of the design of the scheme. When we have more details, we will share them here.

Are 'Floating Bus Stops' safe for visually impaired and disabled bus users?

At a Floating Bus Stop, cyclists are channelled behind people waiting for and getting on or off buses. Following feedback, we are reviewing some elements of the design of the scheme. When we have more details about the plan for Floating Bus Stops, we will share them here.

Will there be investment in bike security?

We plan to look at the issue of bike security in Guildford. When we have more details, we will share them here.

Carbon emissions

How will this scheme help towards Surrey County Council's target of becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

We are committed to making Guildford a greener place to live by reducing carbon emissions and deliver on our county's net zero ambition by 2050. This scheme will help us achieve our goals by offering more cycling and walking routes so residents can choose low carbon travel and rely less on cars and buses.

Will this scheme result in traffic gridlock and raise carbon emissions?

We aim to minimise disruption to residents and road users with the most effective traffic management plans while work takes place. We are currently reviewing some elements of the design of the scheme and when we have more details, we will share them here.

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Plans

Following feedback from residents, we are updating the traffic management plans and the general arrangement drawings (these show the structural elements of the scheme). We are gathering other useful information such as 'Sweep Path' diagrams to show the paths taken by different types of vehicles when undertaking various movements. We will share these plans, drawings and diagrams here very soon.


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