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.
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:
- 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.