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Traffic light refurbishment and replacement works

Update - 10am 21 May

A320 Woking Road, traffic light refurbishment

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by the traffic problems on the A320 Woking Road, Guildford, on Monday.

On Monday evening the timings of the temporary traffic lights were adjusted and we are manually controlling the phasing of the traffic lights between 7am to 10am and again from 4pm to 7pm to help reduce waiting times.

We are continuing to work closely with our specialist contractors, Siemens, and will be constantly reviewing how the works are set up to minimise delays.

Due to the right turn into Slyfield Estate, we have had to operate the temporary lights under reduced junction capacity. We would have preferred to do the work at a quieter period, but felt with the very poor condition of the signal poles and equipment, the renewing of the traffic lights could not be put off any longer.

The works should take approximately 2 weeks, as long as no unforeseen problems. The new lights should be back up and running by 3 June.

Further details are in the Woking Road, Jacobs Well, Guildford traffic light refurbishment information leaflet (PDF).

Sometimes our plans have to change, often due to bad weather or problems on other works in the same programme which can have a knock on effect. If anything changes with the details of these works, we will let you know.

You can also find up-to-date details of the works on our roadworks map.

Traffic light refurbishment work

Following a successful campaign for funding via the Asset Management Strategy work, we have started a five year programme of traffic light refurbishment works with our traffic light contractors, Siemens.

What are we doing?

Traffic lights equipment that has become obsolete or is beginning to fail due to age and wear will be gradually replaced with new equipment.

What are the benefits of the work?

Where possible we will be incorporating new technologies. All of the refurbishments will include upgrading to extra low voltage cabling and equipment to reduce our carbon footprint and energy costs.

Will there be a temporary pedestrian crossing in place during the works?

Each site has been assessed, and not all will have replacement pedestrian crossings. The factors that determine if there will be a temporary crossing include how close schools are, speed limit, and the location of other crossing points.

How can I safely cross the road?

Ask our team on site - they will be able to direct you to the closest crossing.

Why can't this money be used for potholes/roads?

Surrey's assets management team has allocated money for the traffic light refurbishment programme. This has been due to several years of underinvestment in traffic lights.

Why can't you do the work at the same time as other roadworks?

Where possible we are programming the work to be done at the same time as other Surrey work or utility works. This is to reduce the impact on road users.

Will the temporary light phasing be the same as the replaced lights?

The phasing will be similar to the permanent lights. The temporary lights will not be as reactive as the new lights, and may result in delays. We will monitor the lights and phasing.

Files available to download