Surrey Lib Dem councillor Jeffrey Gray is delighted that a highways project in his division has been approved for funding in 2024 –25. The road safety scheme in Caterham Valley will allow pedestrians to benefit from greatly improved crossing arrangements at the busy junction of Godstone Road and Clareville Road.
The traffic lights at this junction will, for the first time, incorporate a pedestrian phase, activated by a push button facility for pedestrian use. In addition, the central pedestrian refuge will be widened to accommodate pedestrians needing more space, such as those in wheelchairs or with pushchairs.
"On hearing that the works had been approved Jeffrey said: “I was really pleased to promote this scheme. Up to now the lights have controlled movement for vehicles only. This new pedestrian phase will hugely enhance pedestrian access to The Miller Centre and to all the other businesses and outlets in this location. And it will improve safety; residents will no longer have to takes their lives in their hands when crossing this busy road.
“Alongside the refurbishments due to take place in Croydon Road early in 2024, together with the implementation of a wide 20mph zone, this will massively enhance liveability and the potential for economic activity in Caterham Valley. There is much still to do, but we are well on our way to improving our town as a place to live, work and play.
“Of the 81 schemes nominated by councillors, only a handful are implemented each year, so I am particularly pleased to have promoted successful schemes in consecutive years.
“Last year we achieved new crossing arrangements for the centre of Whyteleafe and these are now fully designed and due for implementation. This year it is Caterham’s turn.
“There is much to criticise in the highways regime run by Conservative-controlled Surrey, but what is key for local residents, is that I get as much out of the system for Caterham Valley and Whyteleafe as is possible. I am delighted that, after many years of relative neglect, our corner of Surrey is at last punching above its weight.”