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Epsom Station redevelopment

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

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


Work begins on the passage


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)


The Bonesgate


An improved path has been laid along the Surrey side of the Bonesgate stream, running between Chessington Road and the Hogsmill near Kingston Road. As the photo shows, the path was transformed from a muddy footpath to a shared-use path with a rideable surface. The path has now been given a ‘fibredec’ surface.

St Ebba’s Redevelopment


On 13th September 2010, engineers presented a report to Surrey’s local committee recommending a toucan toucan crossing of Chessington Road between the path from Hook Road and Riverholme Drive. The work was subsequently done under an S278 Agreement and therefore all costs were met by the developer of the St Ebba’s site.
Work has was also completed on a three-metre path along the east side of Hook Road. This was complemented by upgrading (and desegregating) the bridleway from the Chantilly Way junction and Chessington Road.

Dorking Road

DorkingRdSeveral years ago the footway was modified to allow cycling between Craddocks Avenue and White Horse Drive. After a long delay, Surrey then put up signs indicating that cycling was now allowed. These signs provoked a complaint from a member of the public.