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Waterloo Road

Cyclists approaching Epsom along Waterloo Road at peak times are blocked by a queue of traffic under the railway bridges that is difficult to get past. As a result, many walk or cycle along the footway on either side. In addition, pedestrians have a narrow footway under the bridge, which is also an unattractive place at which to wait for a bus.

 Cyclists approaching Epsom are blocked by a queue of traffic.

Cyclists approaching Epsom are blocked by a queue of traffic.

Many cyclists use the footway.

Many cyclists use the footway.

As part of the station redevelopment project, Surrey obtained funding to widen the footway on the west (station) side of the road and designate it for shared use by pedestrians and cyclists. Buses that currently stop under the bridge would instead stop more conveniently outside the station.

The December 2013 meeting of Surrey’s Epsom & Ewell Local Committee decided not to proceed with a scheme at present, but agreed that a task force should reconsider it in the light of the Plan E proposals, which could reduce congestion in Waterloo Road.

The September 2016 meeting of the Local Committee reconsidered this scheme. A number of questions arise:

  • Is it feasible to fix street lamps to the wall, releasing space on the footway? (This could consume 70% of the available funds.)
  • Should the bus stop be moved from under the bridge?
  • Should there be a southbound cycle lane on the east side rather than a shared-use footway on the west side?

At its meeting on 25th March 2019, Surrey’s Local Committee finally agreed to the implementation of three options to invest the £50,000 s106 funding in pedestrian, cycle, and public transport improvements in Waterloo Road:

  1. Implement a new shared pedestrian / cycle route connecting Station Approach to the alleyway leading to Pound Lane;
  2. Implement the street lighting improvements underneath the railway bridge in Waterloo Road;
  3. Consult the local community on an experimental closure of the end of Horsley Close.

East Street

EastStmapSurrey’s engineers first presented proposals for a cycle route between Epsom town centre and Kiln Lane to the Local Committee on 13th September 2010.

Starting from the Epsom end, the main proposals were:
  • Widening the NW footway of East Street near the junction with Adelphi Road to allow shared use by pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Installing a toucan crossing of Hook Road, including the left-turning slip road.
  • Designating the footways of East Street for shared use between Hook Road and Victoria Place.
  • Widening the SW footway of Kiln Lane to the NW of Middle Lane to allow shared use.
  • Installing a toucan crossing of Kiln Lane just NW of the entrance to the retail site.
  • Designating the SE footway of East Street for shared use between the King’s Arms and Clayton Road.

Sainsbury proposed to carry out these improvements as part of its controversial project to increase the capacity of the car park at Kiln Lane. However, planning permission has now lapsed and Surrey are looking for alternative sources of funding for the route.

In May 2017, Surrey said: “We have some development money that may cover this, but the first call on the developer money is to improve pedestrian facilities at the junction of Kiln Lane  and East Street and tidy up the parking on East Street just to the north of the junction.  If there is any left over after this then the next scheme on the list for these monies is  the East Street cycle path.”

New cycle route on West Hill – Christ Church Road

In the spring of 2015, work finally started on a cycle route along Christ Church Road and West Hill. It was a condition of planning consent that the developer of Noble Park should provide this route.
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Work in progress on West Hill

The completed route includes road tables across side roads.

The completed route includes road tables across side roads.

The footway has been widened between Station Approach and Stamford Green to allow shared use by cyclists and pedestrians. To the west of Stamford Green there is a new cycle route behind the church, connecting to the route around Epsom Common.
The section past Stamford Green, where the footway width is constrained by a ditch, is proving problematic.
Since the Noble Park development included parking for 659 cars, we very much hope that this route will tempt residents to leave the car at home and go by bike.

Two-way cycling along Station Approach

Two-way cycling has now been introduced along Station Approach in Epsom. This allows cyclists to reach West Hill from the station without going most of the way round Epsom’s one-way system – or walking.
The narrow width of Station Approach and the bend in the middle were serious constraints on the design of this scheme: the carriageway had to remain wide enough to allow large vehicles to negotiate the bend. So the scheme involved widening the footway to allow shared use by pedestrians and cyclists, though the footway remains narrow around the bend. This is far from an ideal solution.
In 1990, when the one-way system was introduced, the Borough Council, recognising how cyclists would be disadvantaged, voted for a one-way contra-flow cycle lane in Station Approach. The then Borough Engineer persuaded the Chairman of the Highways Committee that a contra-flow cycle lane was technically not possible because of lorries turning round the bend. The scheme was therefore not implemented and Stamford Ward cyclists in particular were disadvantaged for 24 years.
The footway has been widened to allow shared use.

The footway has been widened to allow shared use.

It is now possible to follow the link to the Surrey Cycleway.

It is now possible to follow the link to the Surrey Cycleway.

Hook Road – Chessington Road path

As part of the redevelopment of the St Ebba’s Hospital site, the path connecting Hook Road with Chessington Road has been improved.
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Until its improvement, the path had been unattractive, its surface had deteriorated and it was flanked by two ugly concrete fences:
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The photo below shows the path after improvement:
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The new path connects with a new toucan crossing of Chessington Road, near Riverholme Drive.

Epsom Station redevelopment

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The redevelopment of the station included a significant increase in cycle parking spaces.
Work has now been completed on a mixed use development, comprising new railway station ticket hall facility, 124 residential apartments, 64 bed hotel and ancillary A1 and A3 retail uses, together with 67 car parking spaces, highway and public realm improvements and servicing arrangements.
The development included 200 cycle-parking spaces for rail passengers. The old station had 96 spaces, with a further 28 outside in the street. All the new spaces are at first-floor level, reached from the street via the car park entrance at the west end of the site and reached from the platforms by steps (or a lift) down and up. The Cycling Action Group believed that this arrangement would be inconvenient: it could take at least five minutes to park a bicycle and then reach the platforms. But the increase in capacity is still welcome.
We understand that the developer made contribution to Surrey to pay for the widening of the footway of Station Approach as far as the junction with West Hill. This will allow it to be designated for shared use by pedestrians and cyclists.They also made a contribution for a similar scheme in Waterloo Road, under the railway bridge.

New bridge fills missing link in Hogsmill Path

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A bridge over the stream that runs into the Hogsmill near Green Lanes, Ewell, has filled the missing link in the Hogsmill path.
There is now a continuous off-road route for cyclists and walkers between the A240 Kingston Road on the boundary with Kingston to Chessington Road in the centre of Ewell Village. Crossing Chessington Road into the grounds of Bourne Hall is expected to form part of plans for Ewell Village in due course.
The bridge was moved from a site in Cobham, where it was surplus to requirements.
Map of the Hogsmill Path (in new window)

Stones Road Tunnel finally opens

After 7-8 years of planning by Surrey – and even more years of campaigning by cyclists – the tunnel under the railway at Stones Road finally opened in February 2012. It provides a convenient link for pedestrians and cyclists between the Longmead Road / Blenheim Road area and the East Street / Kiln Lane area.

The tunnel replaces an old footbridge that was a major inconvenience not only to cyclists but to those with push-chairs, shopping trolleys etc. The concrete had begun to crumble, allowing the reinforcements to corrode. So the bridge could have become unsafe.

The footbridge was demolished in September 2010, leaving local people without a direct link for over a year.

The old bridge is dismantled

The old bridge is dismantled

The passage under the railway

The passage under the railway

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Work begins on the passage

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The new tunnel at Stones Road

Hogsmill path extended again

The Hogsmill Path was extended again over the summer of 2010, this time from Green Lanes in Ewell towards the culvert under the railway. So there is now a continuous route for cyclists and walkers from the A240 on the boundary with Kingston, across Ruxley Lane, past Ewell Court up to the edge of Ewell Village.
The final section under the railway and up the river to the Horse Pond in Ewell has now been refurbished.
The next stage is to install a bridge across the stream near the end of Green Lanes, Ewell.
Map of the Hogsmill Path (in new window)