10.       Appendix: Surrey Local Transport Plan


In this Appendix the issues raised in the Review are given a priority score, and Surrey County Council provide an initial response, making reference to measures included in the LTP.


The scores are based on safety impact, encouragement of cycling and impact on route integration, and range between 3 and 9, with 3 being the highest priority and 9 the lowest. The scores have been used to produce a ranking (1-27) for each issue, 1 being the highest ranking.



5. The junction of Ashcombe Road and the A24 poses problems for both north- and south-bound cyclists on the cycle path on the west side of the A24.


Northbound cyclists (and pedestrians) are at risk from cars turning left into Ashcombe Road, giving way only to traffic on Ashcombe Road, not to cyclists.


Southbound cyclists are faced with a blind junction on a narrow pavement shared with pedestrians.



Feasibility work currently ongoing to install a 'Toucan' crossing facility at this junction, likely that finances will be available April 2001+. Ashcombe Road Slip to be incorporated within phasing.


Priority Score 3.8 Rank 1



8. Deepdene Roundabout is chaotic. At peak times this feature is difficult to traverse for most cyclists and nearly impossible for pedestrians. Westbound and north/south traffic queues at peak times also pose major environmental problems for local residents.


Note: Deepdene residents have recently submitted a petition for traffic calming in this area.



Toucan crossing installed on A25 Reigate Arm 20 December 2000. Probability that similar crossing will be installed on A24 Holmwood Arm from April 2001


Priority Score 3.8 Rank 1



24. Vincent Lane has insufficient room for motorists to pass cyclists for almost its entire length. Sudden traffic direction changes caused by carriageway alignment features, on right at Norfolk Road, followed immediately by parked cars, on LHS, make life difficult for the cyclist, as do vehicle attempting to exit (blind) at Norfolk Road, Vincent Road and Arundel Road.



Vincent Lane re-development likely in forseeable future. In combination with signalisation of both ends. Emergence difficulties along the lane are well recognised and can only be addressed within the whole road realignment.


Priority Score 4.2 Rank 3



1. Southbound from Leatherhead cycle path merges with footpath and narrows dramatically at blind left hand bend onto Pixham Lane crossing point. Crossing point is hidden to motorists on A24 by high wall. Inherent danger to pedestrians and cyclists.



Previously identified as a relevant concern during Dorking Family Cycle Day. The possible alteration of this alignment will be considered as part of the design of traffic calming measures in Pixham Lane. The installation of a road closure of Pixham Lane may well negate the need for any improvement.


Priority Score 4.6 Rank 4



25. Junction Vincent Lane, Westcott Road and West Street. Vehicles in RH lane of Vincent Lane approach roundabout through blind corner and motorists have difficulty seeing pedestrians crossing from the eastern side to Westcott Road.

Note: Due to the volume and speed of traffic passing through this junction it is often difficult for pedestrians to cross at this junction. It is understood that there are plans to introduce extra traffic controls at this junction and these should consider the needs of pedestrians alike.



New signal scheme due to be installed Feb/Mar 2001. Will incorporate cycle facilities.

Priority Score 4.6 Rank 4



20. Beyond Junction Road carriageway narrows rapidly and cyclists can get squeezed. Continuing in the direction of Ranmore and Westcott (and all points west!) cyclists have to circumnavigate the entire one way system.


Plausible contraflow cycle lane location. Should be considered against other Priorities within MV.


Priority Score 5.0 Rank 6



23. At Horsham Road, where effective carriageway splits into two - LH in the direction of Falkland Road and Coldharbour, RH for Vincent Lane - traffic speed/density makes it difficult for cyclists to change lanes.



Vincent Lane improvement expected on back of re-development. Cycle measures to be incorporated into future signalisation of this junction.

Priority Score 5.0 Rank 6



2. Southbound from roundabout cyclists forced to stop before entering main carriageway (some 1m north of start of cycle lane!) at a point where traffic is accelerating away from roundabout.



I suggest that this is a relevant concern which can be treated once finance becomes available, and in conjunction with issue 1.


Priority Score 5.4 Rank 8



9. Exit from Pippbrook. Very difficult for cyclists particularly when turning right into High St.


Note: There is no pedestrian crossing between Deepdene roundabout and the Post Office in the town centre.



A scheme for improvement was developed but has been put on hold pending the construction of the Dorking Leisure Centre.


A request has been made for a controlled crossing to be installed outside of Pippbrook as part of the Leisure Centre development. Unfortunately, there is no requirement for the developers to consider pedestrians and we are unlikely to see one installed. Noted as a possible future addition to LTP bid.


Priority Score 5.4 Rank 8



16. Pedestrian crossing at Pump corner. Traffic turning right from West Street into South Street is forced to the RHS by parked cars and tends to squeeze cyclists. It is particularly difficult for westbound cyclists to merge into the right-hand lane in South Street. Pedestrians attempting to cross from corner of South/West Street have a particularly difficult time crossing between the South and North sides of the High Street.



2001/02 LTP bid includes finances to signalise this junction and incorporate Ped phases.


Priority Score 5.4 Rank 8



22. Recent re-profiling of the corner of South Street/Horsham Road means that cyclists on LH side of carriageway can be cut-up by motorists turning left. Similarly there is little protection from motorists for cyclists turning left. Motorists have been seen to mount pavement on LHS of bollard.


The markings on the road are considered very confusing at this junction



Cycle by-pass viable at this location

Priority Score 5.4 Rank 8



26. West Street. Changing carriageway widths, occasionally extreme, cause motorists to attempt to bypass slow moving or stationary traffic. Pavements (exceptionally) narrow in places, forcing pedestrians to step into the road without warning. Vehicles frequently park on pavement.



Street enhancement scheme proposed. Will consider contraflow cycle lane from Junction Road to West Street.


Priority Score 5.4 Rank 8



10. London Road junction. Eastbound cyclists can be #cut up# by motorists turning left into London Road. Very difficult for pedestrians to cross the road, particularly between north and south sides of the High Street.



The above scheme (see issue 9) would also accommodate cycle movements at this junction by installing an Advanced Stop line. These works to be implemented this financial year.


Priority Score 5.6 Rank 13



6. Cycle lane disappears just short of Deepdene Station with little indication of where the cycle path goes. Due to parked cars cyclists forced to swerve and slow out of a fast moving stream of traffic before mounting pavement.


Note also that polished metal manhole covers protrude into cycle lane.



Proposals feasible to be considered against other priorities. Better identification of shared path facility to be considered.


Priority Score 5.8 Rank 14



7. There are no markings on pavement to indicate that there is a primary cycle route along the footpath to the pelican crossing.


At the crossing the only indication of route to town centre is on the far side of the road.



As above, better identification to be considered.

Priority Score 5.8 Rank 14



12. Dene Street. Width of lower end of Dene Street and poor field of view means that if, as is frequently the case, vehicles travelling in opposite directions have to pass each other most motorists drive on the already narrow pavement, forcing pedestrians into doorways.



LTP funding provided for 2001/02 financial year for closure of Cotmandene (except for cyclists). Dene Street to be made one way as part of scheme. Further consultation to be undertaken prior to commencement of scheme. Cycle Access through Dene Street to be incorporated within the design feasibility.


Priority Score 6.2 Rank 16



14. Traffic turning into Mill Lane can cause problems for cyclists due to poor vehicle positioning. Parked vehicles restrict vision for motorists exiting Mill Lane. Adverse camber may also be exacerbating the situation.


Possible re-developments will occur in the High Street. It is likely that the whole High Street will be reviewed w.r.t Ped/Car/Cycle road space allocation as part of redevelopment


Priority Score 6.2 Rank 16



13. Widening of High Street tends to encourage cars to accelerate. With vision restricted by cars parked either side of the entrance and directly adjacent, cars exiting Dene Street play #call-my-bluff# with traffic on High Street deflecting attention of drivers from pedestrians/cyclists.



Acknowledge difficulties for cyclists.

Parking facilities need to be maintained for traders. Consideration needs to be given as to whether action here is a priority.

Priority Score 6.6 Rank 18



21. Remainder of South Street is narrow and potholed with many parked cars and cars manoeuvring in and out of parking bays and side roads.



Acknowledge difficulties for cyclists.

Parking facilities need to be maintained for traders. Consideration needs to be given as to whether action here is a priority.

Priority Score 6.6 Rank 18



11. High Street. Cars parked on south side restrict traffic flow and cause cyclists to get 'squeezed' to left or right.



This is predominantly a problem of enforcement as SCC Highways have no control over the use of Traffic Wardens in the High Street. Situation is not ideal, however, vehicle speeds tend to be low wherever a problem exists.


Priority Score 6.8 Rank 20




17. Traffic exiting Rose Hill frequently reluctant to give way to pedestrians walking along south side of South Street. Difficult for traffic exiting Rose Hill to merge with traffic accelerating through blind corner from High Street into South Street.



To be considered against other priorities for cycling infastructure. Possible marking improvement viable but not an appropriate location for pedestrian crossing/zebra markings.


Priority Score 6.8 Rank 20



15. 'Fly' parking, particularly on Saturdays, causes difficulties for traffic and cyclists alike. Parking in or too near to bus bays means buses have to double park to load.



Issue is one of enforcement and currently the Responsibility lies with Surrey Police.



Priority Score 7.0 Rank 22



27. Cycle Parking is about convenience. The majority of the cycle parking in Dorking is more often than not hidden, inconveniently sited (in some cases adjacent to car parks) and uncovered.


Cycle parking exists at both the leisure centre and council offices but, although conveniently sited close to the main entrances, is uncovered. Cycle parking at the Post Office is around the side, well hidden with no signs to direct users and is uncovered. There is no parking at either Sainsburys or Waitrose, although cyclists regularly park cycles in front of both (usually under cover). Cycle parking at Dorking Station satisfies location, convenience and protection, but is now, probably, too small.




Meeting proposed with Town Centre Manager to reconsider location of parking spaces.

Priority Score 7.0 Rank 22



19. At Waitrose pedestrian crossing, the traffic on one way system frequently uses RHS of pedestrian crossing to bypass/overtake stationary vehicles on LHS. Cyclists taking RH side of carriageway on approach to Waitrose frequently cut up by vehicles bypassing waiting traffic or turning right into Junction Road.



To be considered against other priorities for cycle/traffic improvements. Could cause weaving problems prior to crossing if exit width reduced.

Priority Score 7.4 Rank 24



3. Northbound. Combined cycle/footpath is very often blocked by second car waiting to leave Denbies estate. Northbound cyclists using main carriageway on approach to roundabout forced to swerve left and behind same cars to enter northbound cycle path.



Whilst this can sometimes prove an inconvenience it is not a safety hazard and cannot be considered a priority. The cycle lane exists in an open area, with good visibility. Alterations would prove expensive and the argument should be made as to whether resources would be more efficiently located elsewhere.


Priority Score 8.2 Rank 25



18. Vehicles occasionally enter slip roads for Butterhill and Victoria Terrace at high speed, with no regard for pedestrians.



To be considered against other priorities for cycling improvements. Possible re-alignment to be considered as part of link between signal sites 2001/02.


Priority Score 8.4 Rank 26



4. Southbound cyclists required to stop at traffic light when only hazard would be traffic turning left into Station Approach, a junction 50m beyond the traffic lights. Unnecessary stop.



Cyclists are required to obey the rules of the road, ie. Highway Act. To provide a by-pass around the signals would require land purchase and prove considerably expensive. Consideration should therefore be given as to whether this proposal is a priority.


Priority Score 8.6 Rank 27


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