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Revise the Surrey Heath Draft Local Transport Strategy & Forward Programme so that it includes transport mitigation for the villages of Lightwater, Bagshot and Windlesham

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The strategy’s objective is to reduce car reliance by providing sustainable travel choices, to manage local bottlenecks and to encourage economic development and whilst accounting for the impact of future growth. But, although the plan recognises issues in the 3 villages it has NO new strategies to deal with them and is focused almost entirely on Camberley.

The 3 most dangerous roads in Surrey Heath (excluding the M3) are the A322, the A30 and the B311 (Red Rd). All 3 roads run through Windlesham Parish and together account for 34% of all fatal or serious accidents (2009-13). BUT NO traffic safety mitigation has been proposed for Windlesham Parish.

The strategy is based on limited and out of date data e.g. quotes only 2012 safety data stating that 'in 2012...none were killed' failing to mention between 2009-2013 there were 7 fatal accidents in Surrey Heath of which 4 were within Windlesham Parish.

Surrey County Council must reconsider its draft programme and consider the following options:

Lightwater:

1. The creation of a safe exit and entry junction into Lightwater from the B311 (Red Rd) at either Macdonald Rd or Lightwater Road. (The strategy recognises that the B311 is a key road in the borough. We KNOW it is one of the 3 most dangerous roads in Surrey Heath and mitigation is necessary to deal with existing access issues and to deal with the future impact of the PRB site. However, the Local Area Committee has already agreed that there should be no mitigation for Red Road (B311) as the number of personal injuries is not sufficient to justify the expenditure. This must be reconsidered.

2. M3 direction signs on the Red Rd (directing traffic travelling East to the Gordon's roundabout and onto the A322 Lightwater bypass) and away from Lightwater village.

3. Safe pedestrian access across the Red Road (B311) to allow access to the paths that run around West End Common in line with the Surrey Cycling Strategy.

4. Reduction of speed limit on Lightwater Bypass (A322) to reduce the risk of further deaths and serious injuries.

5. The introduction of a 20mph speed limit in the village centre and outside the schools.

Bagshot:

1. Traffic flow mitigation for the A30 in Bagshot (the programme states that Bagshot is one of the areas most likely to be affected by  additional trips generated by new developments (with 11.7% additional trips) and yet proposes virtually NO mitigation. Whereas Camberley has virtually all the mitigation but is only forecast to have 3.4% new trips.

2. A30 direction signs on the A322 at Bagshot before New Rd junction (directing traffic travelling North to the A30 junction further on, and reducing traffic flow into the village).

3. The introduction of a 20mph speed limit in the village centre and outside the schools.

Windlesham:

1. Weight restrictions and rerouting of HGV satellite navigation away from Windlesham to minimise the impact on the environment and residents including Chertsey Rd, Updown Hill, Woodlands Lane and Heath Park Drive.

2. A regular bus service from Windlesham to the Doctor’s Surgery and Frimley Park. The strategy recognises that bus services are poor in the village but suggests NO improvements yet the village has an ageing population and very limited public transport.

3. The introduction of a 20mph speed limit in the village centre and outside the school.

4. Safe cycling routes through the village to join up with the shops, middle schools and facilities in Lightwater and Bagshot (possibly utilising the Rights of Way network).

5. Pedestrian crossing in village centre to allow safe crossing and to allow safe access to cycle park (outside Sun P.H.) in line with Cycling Strategy.

6. Traffic mitigation on the A30 in Windlesham to reduce congestion bottlenecks and increase traffic flow caused by the Sunningdale level crossing.

The villages are being forgotten in favour of Camberley and yet we have some of the worst traffic issues in the Borough. We peititon Surrey County Council and their Surrey Heath Local Area Committee to revise the Surrey Heath Draft Local Transport Strategy and Forward Plan to take account of the issues in Windlesham Parish.

 

 



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