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Preview of Epsom town centre revamp

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An artist’s impression of a planned £3.3 million revamp of Epsom town centre has been published by Surrey County Council.

The local authority has released an image of how opening part of the town’s one-way system to two-way traffic could look together with a map showing other improvement work.

It is estimated that this will mean journey times through Epsom will drop by up to 20% on average with around two minutes being cut.

The images will go on display to the public along with further pictures and maps of the new town centre road layout on 18, 19 and 21 March at the Ebbisham Centre, Epsom.

People will also have the chance to discuss the plans to improve traffic flow and safety with experts from Surrey and Epsom councils. They will also be able to find out about measures to promote walking by improving pedestrian safety.

The planned improvements come after a two-way system was introduced last month in Redhill as part of a £4m project to make major town centre improvements.

Surrey County Council cabinet member for highways and transport John Furey said: “These plans are good news for residents and businesses and are part of our Surrey-wide drive to support the local economy by tackling congestion.

“We’ll be improving roads and making it quicker and easier for people to move around, which stimulates economic growth and paves the way for regeneration.”

 
Comments

Can’t see too much to encourage cycling, no softening on the environment, dominated by motor vehicles. I would have thought main idea is to encourage more shopping locally. How will this help. Looks like a scheme just to speed up motor journeys. Missed opportunity.

Malcolm Sargent

Epsom is a primarily a TOWN, not primarily a road. It ‘belongs’ to the residents, in effect. Why are the interests of motorists being put before those of the residents? The shops in South Street will suffer under the proposed plan and that is not in the interests of the residents. Double yellow lines, albeit necessary if it is 2-way, will drive business away. The easier you make it to drive through Epsom, the more traffic will drive through Epsom. So many traffic improvements are counter productive, merely encouraging more people to use their cars rather than public transport. I am a car user but use public transport whenever practical, or my bike. Indeed, looking at the picture of South Street, how high have cyclists come on your list of considerations? It looks as if it will be pretty dangerous going south.