Will Forster

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Government to invest £95 million in Woking

by willforster on 17 June, 2019

Last week, the Government announced that £95 million would be invested in Woking to revamp Victoria Arch and the A320 highway network south of railway bridge.

Since being elected as County Councillor for Woking South in 2009, I have been pushing for better access to the town centre and railway station from the south side of Woking. Victoria Arch and the roads leading up to it are inadequate for motorists, dangerous for cyclists and unpleasant for pedestrians. That is why the Lib Dems and I fully welcome the decision to spend £95 million on Woking’s transport system.

This Government funding should enable Network Rail, Surrey County Council and Woking Borough Council to reduce congestion in Woking. Our local infrastructure is clearly inadequate and not kept paced with the amount of development we have had, thankfully the Government have finally listened and agreed to improve our transport network.

Last year, the Borough and County Councils consulted on draft plans to widen the Victoria Arch railway bridge and change the existing one-way gyratory system around Guildford Road, Station Approach and Victoria Road – with funding now in place, more consultation and design work will follow shortly.

During last year’s consultation, I spoke to many residents who were supportive of the plans but they wanted to see the A320 and Heathside Road junction remain fully open to traffic. The Council’s previous plans need to be changed to maintain this key route.

The Lib Dems and I also urge Woking Council to fully support the businesses in Guildford Road who would be affected if this road widening takes place – we should not be losing valuable small businesses.

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