Highways

Roadworks during the school holidays

Road worksNotification of major gas works: Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead

Surrey Gas Networks have written via Cllr Chris Townsend to advise that there will be roadworks to upgrade of the gas network in Barnett Wood Lane. Their contractor KLT construction will undertake this work.

So that disruption can be minimised, they have carefully consulted and planned their works in partnership with Surrey County Council. Their work will start on 30th July and is expected to last approximately five weeks.

Their engineers will be working on Barnett Wood Lane between its junction with Oakfield Road and the Craddocks Avenue/Woodfield Lane roundabout. When they are working in Barnett Wood Lane at its junction with Woodfield, they will need to install temporary three-way traffic lights to ensure everyone’s safety and to maintain traffic flow. Once the upgrades are completed at this junction, they will install two-way temporary traffic lights around our work area which will move eastwards along Barnett Wood Lane towards the roundabout.

More information and updates can be found on the dedicated project page at: https://sgn.co.uk/Roadworks/Southern-projects/Ashtead-Barnett-Wood-Lane/

They say they understand that roadworks can be frustrating. However, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means that when the work is complete, Ashtead residents will continue to enjoy the benefits of a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.

The A24 near The Greville School and Burrows Nursery

A24 smallerIn 2016 Two local parents started a campaign to increase the safety of pedestrians using the A24 near the top of Bramley Way in Ashtead. With The Greville School and the new nursery The Burrow at the entrance to Ashtead Park, there are a number of children and parents crossing this busy road every day - sometimes 4 times a day. They thought the road needed a pedestrian crossing and the speed limit reduced to 30mph until just before The Street.

With the assistance of the Ashtead Residents' Association, Councillor Peter Stanyard (Ind. Park Ward) and SCC Councillor, Chris Townsend they started an online Petition and presented their case to the Local Committee of MVDC and SCC on 15th June 2016.

The Local Committee (consisting of Councillors from Mole Valley District Council and Surrey County Council) met to review the Petition and the report from Officers. The outcome of this was that Officers recommended that the provision of a pedestrian crossing be included on the list of schemes to be considered for future funding by Mole Valley Local Committee and prioritised according to the County Council’s transport objectives.

We now understand that at the recent Local Committee it was confirmed that funding had been agreed and the project is on the list of jobs for Surrey Highways engineers to research and design.

SCC Ashtead Councillor, Chris Townsend, is pressing the engineers to get this done and the matter will be on the table at Local Committee on 1 March 2017 although we would hope for progress before then.

Our congratulations go to Jayne Mansfield and Julia Steinhardt for their very hard work and the successful outcome.

 

Highways News

Road Works - What's happening?

Late news (1st June 2018):- The major road works scheduled to start with effect from Wednesday 6th June 2018 on the A24 from Bowyers Close to Parkers Hill have now been postponed. Why the last minute change? Urgent sewer repairs at the junction of Park Lane/A24 take priority, plus Virgin Media now want to install ducting at the junction of Ottways Lane and A24. So rather than resurface the road and then immediately dig up parts for these works, sensibly the major works have been delayed and will probably now start on 25th June.

The long overdue work to resurface this road will mean long diversions will be necessary. These though are intended to divert the HGV vehicles from using narrow side roads and will take the traffic away from the area - in theory. We are told there is a rule that diverted traffic must be sent to roads of an equivalent standard and the A24 is an A road. Local residents will be aware of alternative routes. Work is expected to last three weeks. The gain should far outweigh the inconvenience.

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Surrey Highways are now publishing a weekly bulletin of road maintenance in the area. This includes Ashtead but also surrounding villages and towns.

(SCC often change this web link so if you get an Error 404 message please let me know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

Highways have advised that it may be worth noting that they do try and put the most up to date information in the document at the time of issue, however things are subject to change for all sorts of reasons, including emergencies, breakdowns (plant and equipment etc) and last but not least, the weather!


It is not always possible to include every small piece of work that they do as this is often of a reactive nature and those works tend to be planned on a more day to day or even hourly basis for emergencies and Highway safety considerations which are beyond the scope of this bulletin. 

 

For details on roadworks, present and future, plus works by the utility companies go to www.roadworks.org and type in the stem of the Post Code e.g. KT21.

Report that pothole or broken street light

Road defects, potholes, broken kerbs, street light problems etc should be reported to Surrey Highways either by telephoning the Helpline 0300 200 1003 or by logging on to the Surrey County Council web site www.surreycc.gov.uk.

 

You can now report problems like graffiti, fly tipping, broken paving slabs, or street lighting direct from your iPhone.  You simply go to the App Store (iphone or Android) and type in 'Fixmystreet' or "LoveCleanStreets" and it will list the App and you just click to accept this to be downloaded on your phone. They are free of charge and really as simple as that to obtain. Another app for reporting road defects such as potholes is "Fixthathole" also available from the App Store free of charge.

If you have queries with regard to roads in Ashtead, you may email the Associations' Highways Officer, David Baker who will liaise with Surrey Highways as necessary. David's address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Similarly any queries with regard to Transport (Trains and Buses) please contact the Association's Transport Officer. The Email address is the same This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..