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.