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Multi-million pound road scheme gets underway in Redhill
7:00am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Local News
A "vital" multi-million pound scheme to improve Redhill’s road network has got underway this week.
The big project, known as the Redhill Balanced Network scheme, was launched on Monday.
Over the next 12 months, changes will be made to the town centre ring road to reduce bottlenecks and improve traffic flow, encourage cycling and improve pedestrian safety. Reigate and Banstead Borough Council said the improvements will create extra capacity in the road network, which is needed to enable regeneration and economic growth in the town.
The works will convert the one-way section of the Redhill town centre ring road - between the Belfry and Lombard roundabout - to two-way working. There will also be improvements made to key junctions on the A25 at Station Road, Cromwell Road and the High Street, and to the Belfry shopping centre entrance and exit.
Monday also saw the start of a consultation on design options for improvements to the section of Station Road between the station roundabout and Maple Square. An exhibition of the proposals will be on display in Redhill Library until Sunday, November 3.
Council officers will be on hand in the town's Belfry shopping centre to discuss the proposals on Friday, October 18, and Saturday, October 19, from 11am to 4pm.
Surrey County Council and Reigate and Banstead Borough Council have worked together closely on the project, which received a general thumbs-up during consultation last autumn, and secured almost £3 million in Government funding in May.
Natalie Bramhall, borough council executive member for property and regeneration, said: “This scheme is vital to Redhill and the wider area because, as well as tackling traffic congestion and encouraging sustainable travel, it will boost interest in Redhill as a place to invest, resulting in more jobs, new homes, shops, restaurants and leisure facilities, like the anticipated new cinema complex.”
Coun Bramhall said: “Combined with improvements to public space in Station Road, it will make Redhill an even better place to live, work and do business.” She added: “We are keen to hear people’s views on the design ideas for Station Road, so please take part in the consultation to tell us what you think.”
John Furey, Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for highways, said: “This joint project with the borough council will unlock Redhill’s future economic growth, thanks to more than £4 million of road and public space improvements.”
Coun Furey said: “This will enable new homes, supermarkets, shopping and leisure in the town centre, reduce congestion by turning the one-way system back into two-way traffic, complete the town centre’s pedestrianisation, and improve walking and cycle routes.”
He said: “We have consulted local residents and businesses via our website and post, and continue to welcome views on the options to improve Station Road East.”
The scheme is being carried out by contractors Kier, employed by Surrey County Council, and is aimed to complement county council investment in Redhill through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) and Operation Horizon highways maintenance programme.
For more details visit the county council's website at: www.surreycc.gov.uk