Funding secured for Woking’s Victoria Arch

Fundings been secured for a scheme to improve Wokings Victoria Arch.

Itll include the construction of new pedestrian and cycle tunnels either side of the arch, allowing for the carriageway to be widened from two to three lanes.

Its part of the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) , which secured nearly £120m for projects across Surrey and Hampshire, from the Governments Local Growth Fund.

Cllr John Kingsbury, Leader of Woking Borough Council, said: We are delighted that Enterprise M3 has secured funding from Central Government. Victoria Arch is seen by many drivers as a serious pinchpoint, causing long delays at peak times to their journey through Woking. This scheme will not only go a long way in alleviating this problem, but will also support the continued economic growth and regeneration of Woking Town Centres commercial and residential areas, while stimulating job creation.

We are still at the early stages of the scheme and we now look forward to working closely with our partner, Surrey County Council, and key stakeholders, South West Trains and Network Rail, in making this important infrastructure project a reality.

Geoff French, Chair of Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, said: This Growth Deal is excellent news for the Enterprise M3 area. We are extremely pleased that our Deal includes £7.5million of Government funding for the Victoria Arch improvements in Woking.

Our Strategic Economic Plan identified Woking as one of four Growth Towns which are key to the ongoing economic success of the Enterprise M3 area. These improvements will play a vital role in addressing the areas traffic congestion issues and improving travel conditions for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians and, as a result, will support the economic growth aspirations of both Woking and the wider Enterprise M3 area.

Constructions expected to begin in 2015, subject to planning permission.

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