It should be possible for more Danes Hill pupils to walk to school safely. If a second pedestrian crossing were added to Oxshott High Street near Danes Hill, this should enable more to walk to school safely. This should also reduce rush-hour traffic and air pollution. Danes Hill School and other local schools have been urging parents not to drive their children to school. An extra pedestrian crossing will help. Danes Hill School is expanding, as our local population grows. This crossing will only become more necessary over the coming years.
If if were legally possible for 44 ton lorries to be banned from Oxshott High Street, this would help to reduce traffic and reduce air pollution. Oxshott High Street was never intended as a link between the M25 and the A3. This might be difficult to achieve, but options for ways forward might be considered. It will take a reasonable amount of time for the newly designed A3/M25 link near Cobham to be agreed and constructed. Until it is finished, the traffic problems in Oxshott High Street will only increase.
If Oxshott High Street traffic is to be managed more effectively, the first step should be to measure the air quality. If the air quality is measured, it should be clearer that improvements are needed to traffic management. Traffic management in Oxshott High Street should then become a higher priority.
A written request sent by a local resident to the local Surrey County Councillor to begin air quality monitoring unfortunately received no response.
Many residents are aware of a local residents’ petition to improve the traffic management and closely related question of air traffic management in Oxshott High Street. This petition was submitted to the local Conservative Surrey County Councillor. Only one of the several well-researched recommendations from that petition were implemented. Since this petition which was submitted several years ago, the problems have only accerbated. More needs to be done.
Where Charlwood Drive meets Oxshott High Street, there is a very uneven surface of the road. When heavy vehicles cross this little patch of Oxshott High Street, lots of noise and vibration result. Those who live in nearby homes feel these vibrations and hear the noise. This small patch of Oxshott High Street might need replacement.