June 2022: Highways trial hole works
UPDATE: From 3pm on Saturday 25 June, the highway underneath the Victoria Arch will re-open, earlier than expected, to all road vehicles in both directions.
We are working with Surrey County Council and Skanska to deliver early enabling works for the Victoria Arch widening scheme. These works are delivering trial hole excavations underneath the Victoria Arch and along Guildford Road, Victoria Road and Station Approach.
Works commenced on Monday 6 June 2022 and are expected to take three weeks to complete. During this time, this section of the highway is closed to vehicles in both directions.
Access for pedestrians and cyclists underneath Victoria Arch has been maintained.
Why are these works required?
Conducted on behalf of Woking Borough Council and Surrey County Council, the works include:
- identifying buried objects such as underground pipes and cables, determining their condition, construction and direction
- exploring the ground’s profile, and
- undertaking drainage surveys.
What we're doing to minimise disruption
- Works have been coordinated to minimise disruption to local residents and businesses.
- On-site works have been set working times - see the working hours information in the next section.
- Drilling will not take place first thing in the morning and last thing in the afternoon.
- Site crews will not take long breaks in the middle of the day, except to adhere to the law and health and safety regulations.
- Use sound proof barriers around the trial hole works.
- Advance road closure signs displayed along the affected routes and other main highways.
- Study diversion routes to monitor the impact of the closure.
- Measure local emergency services response times.
On-site works are permitted: Monday to Friday from 7am to 7pm, and Saturdays from 7am to 1pm.
To minimise disruption to local residents, noisier works are shielded by specialist acoustic barriers and confined between core working hours of 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.
Signed highway diversions are displayed on both sides of the town centre to direct traffic. Two weeks before the closure, highways notices were displayed along the affected routes to inform drivers of the forthcoming road closure and diversions. The diversions are as follows:
Drivers wishing to travel to the south side of Woking town centre (including Woking Train Station, Woking Walk-In Clinic and Woking Leisure Centre):
- At the junction of Victoria Way (A320) with Lockfield Drive, turn right onto Lockfield Drive and continue to the roundabout.
- Take the first exit onto Parley Drive and continue to the mini roundabout and take the third exit onto Triggs Lane.
- Continue along Triggs Lane until arriving at a mini roundabout take the second exit onto Wych Hill Lane.
- Continue along Wych Hill Lane until arriving at the main roundabout. Drivers have the option to take the first exit to access the south side of Woking town centre, the second exit towards Woking Leisure Centre and Old Woking or the third exit towards Mayford and Guildford.
Drivers wishing to travel to the north side of Woking town centre (including Victoria Place, Victoria Way and Shoppers’ Car Parks):
- At the Turnoak roundabout (connecting Egley Road, Wych Hill Lane and Guildford Road), take the exit onto Wych Hill Lane.
- Continue until reaching a mini roundabout take the second exit onto Triggs Lane.
- Continue along Triggs Lane until reaching the roundabout and take the second exit onto Parley Drive.
- Continue along Parley Drive until reaching the main roundabout. To access Woking town centre, take the fourth exit onto Lockfield Drive.
Other access arrangements
Temporary access arrangements for affected local residents and businesses are as follows:
- On the north and south side of the arch, access for pedestrians and cyclists underneath Victoria Arch is maintained.
- Vehicular access on the south side of the arch is maintained for drivers wishing to access Woking Train Station.
- Vehicular access on the south side of the arch is maintained for local residents and businesses, including traffic using the aggregates yard access road.
- Vehicular access to Forge End is open to affected local residential traffic only - people living in close proximity to the road works area.
April 2022: Demolition of the Triangle site
The demolition works to clear the existing Triangle site within Woking town recommenced on Wednesday 20 April 2022, subject to pre-works surveys. The demolition is expected to last for 12 weeks.
The Triangle site is the pocket of land surrounded by the one-way system incorporating Guildford Road, Victoria Road and Station Approach.
This second phase of works will demolish the vacant terraced shop units and residential apartments facing Guildford Road, owned by Woking Borough Council. The rest of the site will be cleared once the final property acquisitions have been completed.
In line with national regulations, the Triangle site working hours will be Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm; Saturdays, 8am to 1pm; and Sundays and public bank holidays – no work will be allowed, except in the event of an emergency.
Why are these works required?
The demolition of the properties is essential to enable the Victoria Arch widening scheme, which will:
- widen this section of the A320 to improve traffic movement and reduce congestion
- replace the outdated railway bridge to provide more reliable rail services
- improve pedestrian and cycling facilities around the town centre
- provide the transport infrastructure necessary to unlock existing developed sites for town centre housing.
When the key works for the Victoria Arch widening scheme recommences later this year, the cleared site will be reduced in size to accommodate the planned widening of Guildford Road and the remaining area will be used as a safe compound for the scheme’s contractors and Network Rail.
The long-term plan for the site, as set out in the original housing numbers for the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) project with Homes England, is to deliver housing units on this site. The project team is currently working with architects to consider the housing development options for the site that fulfil Homes England’s requirements.
To contact us about the Victoria Arch widening scheme, please complete our online enquiry form.