Central government has awarded £95 million to Surrey County Council and Woking Borough Council to deliver significant road and rail infrastructure improvements that will unlock 13 future housing development sites.
The A320 Guildford Road is the main arterial road through Woking, and because of the restrictions imposed by Victoria Arch and the historic road lay-out, the area creates a pinch-point for traffic causing significant congestion. These issues have stifled local growth and housing development opportunities for many years.
Woking’s Core Strategy, adopted in 2012, identified Woking Town Centre (Policy CS1 and CS2) as a primary location to deliver homes for the future, whilst safeguarding precious green space.
Making these infrastructure improvements will unlock additional housing capacity for 13 identified development sites within Woking town centre. It is expected that these sites could deliver up to 3,304 additional homes over and above the 1,251 homes planned in the Site Allocations Development Plan Document. Of the total 4,555 homes proposed, 1,913 (42%) would be affordable housing.
Through a partnership approach between Surrey County Council, Network Rail and Woking Borough Council, the funding will enable the delivery of two key phases.
Incorporating the removal of the one-way gyratory system south of Victoria Arch (Guildford Road northbound, Victoria Road eastbound and Station Approach southbound) and the introduction of a two-way carriageway. It will also include enhanced pedestrian/cycle routes as well as four new controlled crossings.
Replace Victoria Arch with widened bridge
The widening works will create a dual-carriageway and a five metre wide footway/cycleway on both sides beneath the new bridge. This will improve north and southbound traffic flow, as well as provide safe and user-friendly extra space for pedestrians and cyclist.
The new bridge will also support Network Rail’s longer term objective of delivering additional rail capacity on the main lines through Woking.
To achieve these aims, it is necessary to acquire all properties located on ‘The Triangle’, an area of land surrounded by Guildford Road, Victoria Road and Station Approach, immediately south of Victoria Arch. The site, once acquired, will be cleared and enable the delivery of a replacement bridge and development of more than 300 homes.
Surrey County Council, Woking Borough Council and Network Rail are the key partners in developing this scheme. There is already well established joint governance arrangements in place between the parties and are fully engaged with a trusted professional team that has the necessary expertise to deliver the scheme.
At this stage it is anticipated that the new road and rail proposals will be delivered by March 2024, with the housing provision delivered by 2030.
Do you own a property located within ‘The Triangle’?
If you are a business premises or home owner, leaseholder or tenant with a property located within ‘The Triangle’, we urgently wish to speak to you.
Local property experts, Curchods & Co, have been appointed to act on our behalf. To discuss your options and how Woking Borough Council can support you, please contact Ian Oswin on 01483 730 060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
More information will be posted here as the project progresses.