In 2017, Highways England held a consultation on improvements to Junction 10 (where the A3 meets the M25 near Cobham. The improvements are needed as there are long queues at peak hours (where traffic joins and leaves the M25) and a high level of accidents. The consultation favoured two options:
OPTION 14: high level flyovers taking traffic from the A3 over the existing roundabout and onto the M25 to Heathrow and over the top to the M25 heading to the east.
OPTION 9: a replacement for the existing roundabout to provide higher capacity. Highways England chose Option 14, but has made enhancements in response to views which arose from the consultation.
It has enhanced its new roundabout scheme and provided dedicated left turns onto and off the M25. They have avoided the need to take land from RHS Wisley and have enhanced the traffic flow off the A3 at the Painshill junction.
This scheme aims to alleviate long queues, reduce accidents and encourage traffic from the north to use the A3 and the improved junction instead of cutting through Weybridge, Cobham and Esher. The construction is planned to start in 2020/21.
The borough maintains 97 car parks across Elmbridge. They ranging from our town centres through to our commons.
In becoming portfolio holder for transport in May 2016 Cllr Andrew Davis asked for a current valuation and maintenance programme for all the car parks. Unfortunately, apart from Drewitt’s Court this had not been undertaken for many years. Perhaps the previous Conservative administration thought the car parks could mend themselves.
A condition survey was undertaken in 2016 to identify the state of the borough’s car parks and the financial commitments for repairs over the next five years. The full cost to bring the car park up to standard is £13m.
The borough’s obligations relating to Drewitts Court in order to comply with the terms of the existing leases, require that a structural evaluation of the ramp be undertaken immediately and that the repairs be carried out as quickly as possible. It is likely that the full cost will be £1,500,000.
To catch up with the amount of maintenance required for the other car parks the borough plans to spend up to £6m over the next three years.
However, with the high need for social housing, the pressure to build over car parks is high. Not all car parks are suitable but those that are should not given comprehensive repairs until their housing status is known.
Naturally, the order of work and indeed what work will be done will be undertaken with full consultation with local councillors. A full management programme will be produced for each car park for while they are being reconstructed. Dewetts Court will take much longer so will have a special plan. It is likely to begin in January so us not to clash with the Christmas season.
Painshill welcomes back the Napoleonic Association for a special re-enactment to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. On both there will be incredible sights and dramatic performances as the soldiers, officers and camp followers re-enact various scenes, including the raising of the flag, a drill parade and a skirmish. There will be lots of noise and smoke as the infantrymen fire volley after volley and manoeuvre to offer their fatal blow whilst deploying the crack skirmishing force, the 95th Rifles.
Visitors will also be able to walk through the living history encampment to see where the soldiers live, eat and sleep. The camp followers will entertain those who visit, with stories and their experiences of the Napoleonic period.
This exciting event which includes battles, skill at arms display and a living history encampment will take place on Sunday 30th and Monday 31st August Bank Holiday. The event is included in normal admission price.
For more details and to see the full programme click here
Are you keen on having advertisements on our roundabouts in Elmbridge because you you see no harm in them? Or are you dead against them because they impoverish our beautiful borough? A number of proposals have already been withdrawn. You can see what is proposed by clicking on a roundabout near you.