Major schemes taking place on Walnut Tree Close Guildford

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New trial 2022 - Walnut Tree Close one way system

Why are we repeating the trial?

We originally ran this One-way system trial for three months in 2020 to 2021. Unfortunately, COVID lock down restriction were imposed, and the data recorded was not a true reflection of the typical traffic movement/volume in this area. Now that the traffic is returning to normal, we will now be able to record more realistic data to see if this system will work. We will be running this trial over a period of approximately 6 months to gain a clearer picture of how road users including pedestrians, cyclists and motorists are impacted by different factors such as school holidays and changing seasons.

When will the new trial be happening and for how long?

The new trial will start on Sunday 29 May 2022 and will be in place for approximately six months.

However, if this one-way system proves beneficial to the impact of traffic on Walnut Tree Close/Guildford Town Centre and provides the following benefits the one-way system will be made permanent.

  • Reduce the volume of traffic using Walnut Tree Close.
  • Improve road safety and traffic flow.
  • Encourage more walking and cycling.

Where will the one-way trial be located?

We are planning to undertake a trial one-way traffic restriction, which will permit only northbound traffic along a section Walnut Tree Close/Woodbridge Meadows. The one-way system will be in place between Wey Corner/ beginning of the new student accommodation and the turning facility just south of the Royal Mail Delivery Office.

Motorists will not be able to travel southbound between Wey Corner and the Royal Mail Delivery Office, so they will need to take the signed diversion route through A322 Woodbridge Road to gain access to the train station.

We will not be carrying out any resurfacing of the carriageway during this trial as there are a number of development sites in this area.

Trial 2021 - Walnut Tree Close one way system

This trial has been completed on 17 February 2021.

More information about this scheme can be found on our Walnut Tree Close, Guildford - One way system dedicated webpage.

Guildford Station redevelopment works

The scheme will include the transformation of Guildford Stations car park. A new Station Quarter will be home to a new station building, 438 new homes, retail, office space and a radically enhanced station environment with a new station entrance. This scheme is being carried out by Solum. More information regarding the plans can be found on Solum's Guildford Station improvements webpage.

Information about services at Guilford station is available via Network Rail Guildford webpage.

Walnut Bridge works

Update 3 February

Guildford Borough Council will be closing Walnut Tree Close for five weeks from Monday 7 February to carry out these works.

The existing bridge over the River Wey will be replaced with a new bridge designed for non-motorised users, linking Guildford Rail Station to the Bedford Wharf area.

The location and alignment of the existing bridge means that visitors to Guildford who are less familiar with the area are often unaware of it, whilst the current width requires cyclists to dismount when travelling across it.

Access to the new bridge will no longer be hidden by the surrounding buildings on Walnut Tree Close, this should encourage greater use by those travelling between the rail station and town centre. The new bridge will also be considerably wider, providing an easier route for cyclists without the need to dismount. The scheme is being delivered by Guildford Borough Council.