In July 2021 a new shared-use path finally opened between Scotts Farm Road and Ruxley Lane.
Until recently a narrow path ran between Epsom & Ewell High School on one side and the school’s playing fields on the other side. This path was too narrow to allow cycling.
An improved path was first proposed 50 years earlier, when pupils from Blenheim High School were temporarily transferred to Epsom & Ewell High School. Many years later, land was transferred from the school to Highways with a view to widening the path to allow cycling. But nothing seemed to happen.
Eventually part of the school’s playing fields was released for a housing development. As a condition of planning consent, the developer was obliged to provide the shared-use path.
The new path should be particularly useful for pupils and staff at the school, as well as people visiting the shops in Ruxley Lane.
In February 2021, work finally began on a cycle route along East Street. This consists of a shared-use footway on the NW side of the street between the High Street and a point opposite the site of the King’s Arms, just short of Kiln Lane. Where necessary, dropped kerbs have been inserted at side turnings.
Surrey’s engineers first presented proposals for a cycle route between Epsom town centre and Kiln Lane to the Local Committee in September 2010.
The termination of the route at the east end is rather unsatisfactory and fails to confirm with Local Transport Note 1/20.
The preferred way to transition from a shared-use footway onto the carriageway is straight ahead into a cycle lane.
In September 2020 the footway under the railway bridge in Waterloo Road was widened to allow shared use by pedestrians and cyclists. This provides a convenient link between the station and the path to the Court Rec.
Until this scheme was introduced, cyclists approaching Epsom along Waterloo Road at peak times were being blocked by a queue of traffic under the railway bridge that was difficult to get past. As a result, many walked or cycled along the footway on either side. In addition, pedestrians had a narrow footway under the bridge, which was also an unattractive place at which to wait for a bus.
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 arose:
Was 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:
Implement a new shared pedestrian / cycle route connecting Station Approach to the alleyway leading to Pound Lane;
Implement the street lighting improvements underneath the railway bridge in Waterloo Road;
Consult the local community on an experimental closure of the end of Horsley Close.