Phase one, the new 3m wide pedestrian and cycle path to the south of Bannister’s Field completed earlier this year and is being well used by residents.
The works form part of a wider significant programme of planned upgrades to paths and roads between The Royal Surrey County Hospital, the University to the town centre. This includes the Surrey Research Park, Tesco Superstore, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Surrey Sports Park, Manor Park and Stag Hill university campuses and Guildford’s mainline station. We are working together with Surrey County Council on this programme often referred to as ‘The Sustainable Movement Corridor’.
Leader of the Council and Lead Councillor for Sustainable Transport, Transformation and Regeneration, Economic Development, Asset Management and Governance, Cllr Caroline Reeves said: ‘Promoting better, greener travel is at the heart of the Council’s action plan for tackling Climate Change. We declared a climate emergency for our borough in July as changes to the environment will affect every person, everywhere in many different ways.’
She explained: ‘This project is an important part of our Guildford Transport Strategy. The scheme also supports our Air Quality Strategy and action plans to bring lasting benefits to air pollution levels and positively affect our residents’ health and wellbeing. The strategy also includes evolving a green travel network to establish better travel measures such as car sharing, walking, cycling and using public transport with a strong commitment to supporting businesses in making alternative travel choices. We also fully support other innovative approaches to travel such as the government funded Project Alloyd which brought the testing of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technology and ‘infrastructure sensors’ to our town.’
Public Engagement Manager for The University of Surrey, Ross Kelway said: ‘We fully support Guildford Borough Council and Surrey County Council’s improved Sustainable Movement Corridor to the West of Guildford. Sustainable travel and clean air are key research focuses as well as practical actions for the university in delivering a greener less polluted world. Although the overall SMC project is much wider, the pedestrian and cycleway have been the focus of support from our researchers alongside plans to create a mural in one of the two underpasses on the route.'
He added: 'The Students Union ran a competition to design a mural to be installed in the smaller underpass nearer the campus, meanwhile academics including Professor Prashant Kumar and his Global Centre for Clean Air have been providing advice on pollution mitigation measures and sustainability improvements to enhance the pedestrian and cyclist experience on the route.’
Phase one and two have been funded through a generous grant from the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership and by the Council.
For more information on phase two of the work, see here: https://www.guildford.gov.uk/smc
For more information on Climate Change or Air Quality see www.guildford.gov.uk