Guildford traffic hotspots scheme at Guildford Road, Normandy

Update 30 September

This scheme was completed in April 2020.

Update 15 March

We will be completing the resurfacing on this scheme with overnight closures from 8pm to 5.30am on the following dates:

  • 23 March for one night
  • 29 March for three nights

Project overview:

In 2018 Guildford Borough Council identified three key junctions as traffic 'hotspots' where peak time queues cause significant delays. The Guildford Hotspots project aims to reduce traffic congestion at these 'hotspots.' One of these junctions was the A323 Guildford Road and A324 Pirbright Road junction.

Currently there is one lane for traffic travelling from the Ash direction towards the Guildford and Pirbright directions where traffic must queue at the Guildford Road and Pirbright Road traffic signals.

Proposed improvements:

This scheme proposes adding an additional lane for the Pirbright direction and a new controlled pedestrian crossing facility at the junction of A323 Guildford Road and A324 Pirbright Road.

Start date and traffic management:

The main highway works started on Monday 18 January 2021. There will be multi-way temporary traffic lights in place for the duration of the works.

Overnight road closures will be necessary to carry out the resurfacing element of this work. A full road closure was in place from 1 March for 3 nights, from 8pm – 6am, a signed diversion will be in place during the closure.

Night working is necessary when we close the road as Guildford Road is a traffic sensitive route.

Working overnight is necessary on traffic sensitive roads to reduce disruption during peak times. It also enables longer uninterrupted working before the closure must be lifted for daytime traffic, and results in a shorter period of disruption. There will be some noise, but we will try to carry out the bulk of the noisiest works before midnight.

We will make sure residents can get to and from their house or business when it is safe to do so.

Preparation works:

Trial holes, surveys and tree works (lifting canopies) were completed in October and November.