Riverside Walk
St James

Following the opening of the new Waitrose store on January 26 the Church Street enhancement scheme will deliver improvements to the quality of the environment for all users. The ideas for the scheme have been driven by insight from the masterplan.

The scheme has been joint funded by MVDC, SCC Town Centre Revitalisation Fund and Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

  • Create a high quality public realm to revitalise the street
  • Improve the entrance to The Leatherhead Theatre
  • Increase footway widths where possible to encourage use of the space for outdoor seating
  • Allow access for deliveries to existing and proposed businesses
  • Minimise the loss of on-street parking
  • Reduce street clutter
  • Final designs for tendering by mid February
  • Work to start in March
  • Approach will be based on works that cause the minimum disruption to local residents and businesses
  • Anticipated finish date September 2017

  • Create safe, attractive routes connecting major destinations that people will want to use.
  • Improve pavements and pedestrian areas so that they are wide, well surfaced and suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.
  • Provide cycle routes which are continuous and segregated from busy traffic.

The majority of the £4.9 million scheme cost will come from the Local Enterprise Partnership's Local Growth Fund, with Surrey County Council and Mole Valley DC providing a local contribution. The project will be planned and implemented by Surrey CC and Mole Valley DC working in partnership.


The works are planned for 2017 and will be completed in stages over a three year period. A Construction Management Plan will be in place to minimise any disruption to travel. These proposals are still in development and some aspects may change or be adapted to fit in with available space and budget.

Cycling Picture
Cycling Picture


Every day thousands of employees travel to work in Leatherhead but can feel disconnected from the town and leisure centre even though distances are short. By improving walking and cycling facilities between Leatherhead Station and the Springfield Drive/Park View and Cleeve Road business parks, commuting and lunch time travel by bike or on foot will become a viable and attractive option.

  • A new wide off-road path for cyclists and pedestrians along the north side of Randalls Road. This will connect Station Approach with Cleeve Road.
  • A signed on-road route for cyclists with cycle friendly traffic management will continue along Cleeve Road to create a safe route to local businesses including Unilever, KBR and CGI.
  • A route for cyclists from Station Road to Randalls Road through the Mole Business Park.
  • Make it easier and safer for c. 10,000 employees to travel by bike and on foot between the business parks, Leatherhead train station and the town centre.
  • Easier and safer for residents to cycle and walk to and from the station.
  • Reduced parking pressure at the station and local businesses.
  • Encourage more people working in Leatherhead to spend time (e.g. lunch breaks) in Leatherhead town centre.
  • Reduced congestion in Leatherhead at peak times, particularly around the station.
  • By joining our section 2 proposals, a continuous route will be created to Fetcham and Leatherhead Leisure Centre.

Cycling Picture
Cycling Picture

Waterway Road provides a vital link to the train station and the businesses in north Leatherhead for Fetcham residents. It is already a popular route for cyclists and pedestrians and is the most convenient way of accessing the leisure centre from the north of the town. By providing a better off-road facility we will improve safety by separating bikes and vehicles.

  • A new off-road path for cyclists and pedestrians along the western side of Waterway Road.
  • Simplifying the Waterworks junction by removing the roundabout and creating a T-junction at Guildford Road.
  • New signalised crossing for pedestrians and cyclists across Waterway Road to the pumping station and on to the leisure centre.
  • Creating a raised crossing across Waterway Road (just South of Belmont Rd) to allow access to the riverside path. Some sections of the riverside path will be widened to better accommodate people walking and cycling.
  • Make it easier and safer for Fetcham's 8,000 residents to reach Leatherhead train station, business parks and Therfield School by bike and on foot.
  • Make it easier and safer to reach Leatherhead Leisure Centre by bike and on foot.
  • Reduced congestion along Waterway Road and at the Station Road junction.
  • By linking to Mill Lane, a continuous, safer cycle route to Fetcham will be created.
Cycling Picture
Cycling Picture

The area to the south of the town centre of Leatherhead is being regenerated to create a Riverside Quarter with more open space and green areas. The proposals are still at an early stage but will potentially include a new cafe, apartments, a hotel and a business centre.

Leatherhead Sustainable Transport Package will facilitate easier access to the Riverside Quarter by improving the facilities on Guildford Road Bridge ('Town Bridge') for pedestrians and cyclists. Additionally, the riverside walk will be widened to make it suitable for both groups of users.


The following upgrades will be enabled by changing the bridge to a single lane that's controlled by traffic lights on either side:

  • Wider footways over the bridge to make crossing easier for pedestrians, wheelchair and buggy users.
  • Safe stopping zones for cyclists in front of the vehicles at the traffic lights.
  • Wider footways on the bridge approaches.
This transformation provides the opportunity to revitalise the public space in the area, and provide significant improvements for pedestrians and cyclists wishing to access the town centre from the south.

Cycling Picture
Cycling Picture

Developing the right car parking strategy is critical in delivering Transform Leatherhead - we know that it is the major issue to residents, shoppers and workers. Many thanks to the hundreds of you that took part in our survey before Christmas. We will be publishing the findings of the survey soon and have already started working on some short term solutions to the issues raised.

Using a traffic light system, here is the current status of the car parks that service the town centre.

RED = almost always full | AMBER = some capacity | GREEN = reasonable capacity
Upper Fairfield

20 P&D spaces
2 Disabled

Church Hall Road

32 P&D spaces
1 Disabled

Bridge Street

48 P&D spaces
1 Disabled

Church Street

51 P&D spaces
3 Disabled

Station Road

58 P&D spaces
2 Disabled

Swan Shopping Centre

337 P&D spaces
18 Disabled

Randalls Road

217 P&D spaces
9 Disabled

  • The River Mole has experienced significant flooding in 1968, 2000 and most recently in 2013/14 when over 300 properties were flooded.
  • After 2013 the Environment Agency identified the need to develop a flood alleviation scheme across the Middle River Mole to replicate existing schemes in place in both the Upper and Lower River Mole.
  • Leatherhead/ Fetcham has been identified as a priority
  • Funding was obtained in 2014/15 to develop an initial high level options appraisal as well as undertaking updated modelling to incorporate the 2013/14 flood information
  • We are exploring a conveyancing option of a new channel running from the Mole Business Park as detailed below.
  • We will also explore options to reduce the surface and foul water flood risk that impacts Fetcham.
  • If any option offer a viable solution detailed design and planning approvals work will take place in 2017/18 with any construction likely to follow in 2018/ 2019.

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