Road Works - What's happening?
Late news (1st June 2018):- The major road works scheduled to start with effect from Wednesday 6th June 2018 on the A24 from Bowyers Close to Parkers Hill have now been postponed. Why the last minute change? Urgent sewer repairs at the junction of Park Lane/A24 take priority, plus Virgin Media now want to install ducting at the junction of Ottways Lane and A24. So rather than resurface the road and then immediately dig up parts for these works, sensibly the major works have been delayed and will probably now start on 25th June.
The long overdue work to resurface this road will mean long diversions will be necessary. These though are intended to divert the HGV vehicles from using narrow side roads and will take the traffic away from the area - in theory. We are told there is a rule that diverted traffic must be sent to roads of an equivalent standard and the A24 is an A road. Local residents will be aware of alternative routes. Work is expected to last three weeks. The gain should far outweigh the inconvenience.
Surrey Highways are now publishing a weekly bulletin of road maintenance in the area. This includes Ashtead but also surrounding villages and towns.
Highways have advised that it may be worth noting that they do try and put the most up to date information in the document at the time of issue, however things are subject to change for all sorts of reasons, including emergencies, breakdowns (plant and equipment etc) and last but not least, the weather!
It is not always possible to include every small piece of work that they do as this is often of a reactive nature and those works tend to be planned on a more day to day or even hourly basis for emergencies and Highway safety considerations which are beyond the scope of this bulletin.
For details on roadworks, present and future, plus works by the utility companies go to www.roadworks.org and type in the stem of the Post Code e.g. KT21.
Report that pothole or broken street light
Road defects, potholes, broken kerbs, street light problems etc should be reported to Surrey Highways either by telephoning the Helpline 0300 200 1003 or by logging on to the Surrey County Council web site www.surreycc.gov.uk.
You can now report problems like graffiti, fly tipping, broken paving slabs, or street lighting direct from your iPhone. You simply go to the App Store (iphone or Android) and type in 'Fixmystreet' or "LoveCleanStreets" and it will list the App and you just click to accept this to be downloaded on your phone. They are free of charge and really as simple as that to obtain. Another app for reporting road defects such as potholes is "Fixthathole" also available from the App Store free of charge.