What’s New on the BRA Website?

19th July

  • Prudential RideLondon Road Closures
  • Mole Bridge Refurbishment

15th July

  • Squareabout Flooding Petition has been accepted by Surrey County Council
  • Bookham’s Trees Need Your Help.
  • The week’s Planning Applications: Click here for more details

14th June

  • Squareabout Flooding Petition
  • Catapult attack
  • This week’s planning applications in Bookham: Click here for more details
  • Litter pick – 1st July

Mole Bridge Refurbishment A246 Young Street Fetcham

Message from Surrey County Council:

Sarah J Smith – Partnership Committee Officer – Mole Valley and Reigate & Banstead

The essential refurbishment of Mole Bridge – Young Street is expected to take 8 weeks in total.  Some elements of the work will require a full road closure and include: replacing kerbs, carriageway and verge surfacing, waterproofing the concrete bridge deck, replacing the bridge expansion joints and refurbishment of bridge bearings (supports).

The waterproofing and joints must be completed continuously to avoid any joins.  This will prevent water and road salt ingress and ensures the decks durability. A road closure is also necessary for these kind of works to ensure a safe working environment for the operatives due to the narrow width of the carriageway.

The remainder of the repairs can be carried out under normal traffic management (without the need for a road closure) and consist of parapet refurbishment which are estimated to take 3 weeks.

These essential repairs to the bridge will prevent further deterioration and avoid more expensive and lengthy repairs in the future.

This scheme was originally planned to commence in April 2018 but was postponed until the summer when traffic volumes are reduced and schools are on holiday.  Whist we appreciate that Beech Avenue is closed for water mains replacement works at the same time it was considered preferable to carry out both works at the same time when the roads are quietest.

The proposal to make Chapel Lane one-way is intended to deter drivers from using Chapel Lane as an unofficial diversion route.  Several residents living along the road have highlighted this to us as a concern, stating that they have been unable to get out of their homes when traffic diverts off the A24.

Following consultation with the County Member and comments received from residents the following range of options are proposed as a contingency only in the event that Chapel Lane is used excessively as an unofficial diversion route whilst Young Street is closed.

  • One way closure southbound
  • One way closure northbound

(between Ranmore Common Road & Polesden Road)

We have also applied for a Full closure of Chapel Lane to be used if required.

If any of the options above are implemented two way traffic will always be maintained along Westhumble Street and Chapel Lane from the junction with A24 to the junction with Ranmore Common Rd and between Dorking Road from the junction with Chapel Lane to the junction A246 – Leatherhead Road.

We will also put additional weight restriction signs at each end of the road to reinforce this message and signs identifying this route as access only.

If the traffic situation does require implementation of any of the traffic order(s) additional advanced temporary signage will be displayed and operational staff will be stationed on site, and we will work with the local councillor to keep residents updated.

In addition ‘No Waiting’ traffic orders for Chalkpit Lane, Station Road and Ashcombe Road  have also been applied for as a contingency. These roads are part of the official diversion route and there is a potential for traffic to become congested along this section of the diversion route due to parked cars. If parked cars do cause congestion we will work with the local councillor to find a suitable solution and keep residents informed.

Prudential RideLondon – Sunday 29th July – Road Closures and Bus times

You will no doubt be aware of the Prudential RideLondon cycling events that will be coming through the Surrey Hills on the 29th July. Although the route does not come directly through Bookham it does go through surrounding villages and towns.

Buses: The 465 will not operate until after all roads in Kingston, Leatherhead and Dorking are re-opened which is estimated to be at 19:00.

Although it is a Sunday bus service the 479 will only run between Epsom and the “Plough” roundabout, Kingston Road, Leatherhead.

Click here for full details of the event

Road Closures are as follows:

Having personally ridden the RideLondon event three times, having crowds at the side of the road cheering you on certainly keeps the spirits high and the millions of pounds raised for good causes always makes this event worthwhile. The Grange Centre have a team riding this year so if you have an hour to spare why not head on over to the route and cheer all the riders on!

Petition to Surrey County Council to Provide Funding to Resolve Squareabout Flooding

Les Huett – BRA Publicity

Thank you to everyone who has signed the BRA Petition.

This petition has met the relevant criteria to be considered by the Local Committee (Mole Valley). This will be presented to the Local Committee on Wednesday 05 September 2018, which will be held in the council chamber at the officer of Mole Valley District Council in Pippbrook, Dorking. The Committee will consider the petition and the officer response at the meeting. You are more than welcome to attend and listen to the debate if you would like to.


Full wording of the petition:

We the undersigned petition Surrey County Council to provide immediate funding to allow completion of investigations and the implementation of a drainage scheme that resolves the persistent major flooding and subsequent hazard issues in central Bookham.

This issue has affected Bookham residents for many years and despite constant promises from SCC there has been no resolution of the flooding issue that occurs at the junction of Lower Road, High Street, East Street and Church Road every time there is heavy rain.

When these roads are flooded there is no access for pedestrians trying to reach the High Street and bus stops. Pedestrians brave enough to try crossing the road, as there are no alternatives, cannot see the kerb edge or speed tables and hence there is a hazard issue.

With the poor state of the road surface drivers proceeding through the floodwater are unable to see any potholes below the water which can cause vehicle damage and is a serious hazard for cyclists.

Residents waiting at the bus stops on Lower Road get sodden due to the bow waves which come across the pavement created by passing traffic and similarly there is an accessibility issue for passengers when alighting from and catching bus services.

Due to the lack of suitable drainage this is a persistent major safety hazard to pedestrians, cyclists and vehicle traffic and therefore requires resolution by SCC to stop further flooding and removal of the hazard.

Your Bookham Trees Need You!

During the last few years Bookham Tree Wardens supported by The Bookhams Residents’ Association have planted 130 new trees in village verges. The trees have been carefully selected not to grow too large and they need all the water they can get in this heatwave. Please help the trees flourish with a bucket of water, every day if possible.

Click here for more information on the varieties and where the trees are planted

The Tree Wardens have been working on improving the central shopping areas which involves both weed and branch clearance and some planting in conjunction with Mole Valley District Council. There is also a maintenance work list for trees around Bookham’s verges and improving sight lines. Dead or over-long branches will be pruned at various locations, and scruffy growth removed.

There is never enough money to do everything, but we believe that we have made a difference over the past few years, operating with funds from Councillor Clare Curran’s Surrey County Council Grant, and a small amount from the BRA when necessary.

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