Surrey Highways have recently informed County Councillor Chris Townsend that both Ottways Lane and Grange Road will be re-surfaced this Summer 2011. The work will be done during the School holidays; when more detail is known about dates etc. residents will be notified. Also being introduced in Ottways Lane will be a ‘Pinch Point’ – ie. a narrowing of the road at the location of the Old Cottage by widening the pavement to ensure that only one car can pass at a time. There will be Red and Black arrow signs positioned appropriately to notify drivers of the priorities, plus other signs positioned at specific points to ensure that Coaches/Buses/Lorries etc. will know that they cannot pass through at that point. This should provide a reduction in traffic speed in Ottways Lane, something residents have been after for some time.
The costs for this work are coming out of Surrey Highways Funds, both these roads being designated as ‘high priority’ by Cllr. Townsend. This money is in no way associated with the Parsons Mead development. The Infrastructure funds that the developer has had to provide for that development are therefore available for use locally. Two suggestions have been made so far, one being to sort out flooding issues in the area and the second to potentially provide ‘intelligent’ signage at the corner of Ottways Lane and Grange Road to alleviate traffic congestion/flow. Any further ideas/thoughts are very welcome.