Dates and times for the Highways Agency Exhibition:
Friday, 3 February – 12 noon to 8pm, Saturday 4 February – 10am to 3pm
Closing date for feedback on the proposals:
Monday, 6 February.
Proposals for M25/A3 junction
The Highways Agency has put forward two proposals for improving safety and traffic flow around the M25/A3 junction (known as the M25/A3 Wisley interchange) and are inviting views from the public. The two proposed alterations are known as Option 9 and Option 14.
Option 9 – a new flyover to link right-turning movements from the A3 onto the M25
Option 14 – enlarging the existing roundabout, to add more capacity
Information on the proposals and a link to giving electronic feedback can be found here.
If you prefer to respond in writing, you can pick up a hard copy of the questionnaire from one of the two February scheme exhibition events and send it back to the Highways Agency via Freepost.
Exhibitions and consultation
There are two opportunities, on Friday, 3rd and Saturday, 4th February, for local people to see the proposals at a public exhibition at the Cobham Hilton (KT11 1EW), hosted by the Highways Agency. The exhibition gives local residents an opportunity to get more information about the schemes and to ask questions about the proposals.
A point of view
As well as improving safety and traffic flow, the proposed changes claim to be responsive to the following:
- supporting sustainable travel routes promoted by Surrey County Council and developers
- supporting economic growth and ensuring the junction can accommodate extra traffic
- mitigating environmental impacts wherever possible
What a shame then, that the proposals do not take any account of the highly likely knock-on effect of the improvements – such as the bottlenecks that will be increased at the Seven Hills Road / A245 junction, which local workers and residents who travel in rush hour already know only too well.
Other thoughts are:
As part of this scheme, the Highways Agency are also looking at the A3 between Ockham and Painshill. Improvements could include widening parts of the A3 to four lanes, creating an extra lane for vehicles turning left onto the A245 at the Painshill roundabout, and changing local accesses to make these safer and cause fewer delays on the A3.