You will remember that in 2017 we were all invited to comment on the proposed options for improving the M25/A3 junction. Once again, despite an extensive “consultation” with local communities, the authorities have chosen the scheme which requires the least money, but does the most damage to Ripley/Send in terms of increased traffic. This despite the fact that almost two thirds of respondents favoured the other scheme being offered! Some consultation!
They have not listened to local concerns at all regarding the absurdity of forcing of all Wisley Gardens traffic to/from the south TRHOUGH RIPLEY to the Ockham roundabout, rather than as now, via the A3 trunk road. It is significant that none of the stated Aims and Benefits and Objectives of this scheme are to do with reducing traffic on local roads by use of Trunk roads. In this case, the actual opposite is proposed – to improve traffic flow on the A3/M25 by pushing traffic onto the B2213 through Ripley village!
RHS Wisley predict an increase in visitors from 1 million annually currently to 1.4 million within a few years. So that’s 800,000 extra trips to and from RHS Wisley. Even if only a quarter of those are from the South, then that’s 200,000 more trips per year through Ripley!
This will have serious implications for Ripley and surrounding villages, which would be compounded by the huge housing developments proposed at in the Local Plan at Garlicks Arch and Gosden Farm, and makes it all the more vital for Ripley’s traffic that those developments do not go ahead.
There is now another chance to have your say on this. There is a series of Public Information events where you can find out more details and give feedback. The full list is below. There is much more information on the Highways England website.
Please make your views known to H.E. on this. The consultation period closes 26 March 2018. Their contact details are:-
- FREEPOST M25 junction 10/A3 Wisley interchange
- Feb / Mar 2018 – Another Statutory public consultation
- 2018 – Development Consent Order submission (planning permission)
- 2019 – Development Consent Order decision (planning permission)
- 2020/21- Begin construction
Public Information events
|Friday 2nd March 2018||14:00 – 19:30||Cobham Village Hall Lushington Drive, Cobham, KT11 2LU|
|Saturday 3rd March 2018||10:00 – 17:00||Cobham Village Hall Lushington Drive, Cobham, KT11 2LU|
|Friday 9th March 2018||15:30 – 20:00||Ripley Village Hall High Street, GU23 6AF|
|Saturday 10th March 2018||10:00 – 17:00||Ripley Village Hall High Street, GU23 6AF|
|Friday 16th March 2018||08:00 – 20:00||Cobham Services M25|
|Friday 23rd March 2018||08:00 – 20:00||Cobham Services M25|