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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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