Introduction to the A31
The A31 is a traffic bottleneck which also splits Farnham in two, creating severance between southern areas and the railway station, and the central and northern areas of the town.
For drivers, there’s congestion right along the A31 corridor in Farnham. Therefore we plan to upgrade the Coxbridge Roundabout, and the Shepherd and Flock Roundabout with layout changes, traffic lights on some approaches, lane widening and better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. Additionally, there are three options for an upgrade to the Hickley’s Corner junction.
For pedestrians, we want to improve crossings to minimise the severance between the different parts of the town for people who walk, cycle or use public transport.
Department for Transport funding
The cost of the A31 improvements is more than the Farnham Infrastructure Programme partners can afford alone. Therefore, an application is being made for funding from the Department for Transport (DfT).
To help develop and support our funding submission, we’re asking for feedback on the options, however there will be a full public consultation on the A31 corridor before any final plans are submitted to the DfT.
If the plans are approved at each stage, the process is:
If funding for the scheme is agreed by the DfT, the earliest construction could begin is in winter 2024.
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The suggested improvements will see better walking and cycling paths and crossings, linking with existing routes and the town centre. For drivers there will be wider approaches from both eastbound and westbound on the A31 and the town centre. The roundabout will be widened to allow for a decided left turn lane off the roundabout in both directions and two dedicated lanes for A31 traffic.
Shepherd and Flock roundabout
The suggested improvements will see better walking and cycling paths and crossings, linking with existing routes by going through the centre of the roundabout. For drivers there will be an extra lane for drivers travelling westbound on the A31 to increase road capacity for long-distance traffic, with additional traffic light controls. Any changes will be sympathetic to the conservation area.
This option is for an underpass underneath Hickley’s Corner to separate local and longer distance traffic. This is a long-standing suggestion to improve congestion.
The crossroads would be replaced by a roundabout to take the local traffic, while the A31 would be able to run freely underneath. New slip roads will connect the A31 to the roundabout, Station Hill and South Street. There would also be a new priority link along Station Approach to connect the A287 and A31.
This would be supported by improved facilities for walkers and cyclists and a new bridge at Firgrove Hill.
Firgrove Hill Improvements
This option will take some of the pressure off the Hickley’s Corner junction by providing an additional connection to and from the A31 at Firgrove Hill.
New slip roads on the westbound carriageway would link to a new roundabout in Station Approach with access to the station, and to Firgrove Hill to access other parts of the town.
From the eastbound carriageway, new slip roads would lead to a roundabout at Firgrove Hill.
The Firgrove Hill bridge would be upgraded so it can take extra lanes on the A31 and would be supported by improved facilities for walkers and cyclists.
Improving the existing junction
This option widens the A31 in both directions with additional lanes. There would be the opportunity to upgrade Station Approach, and no change would be necessary to the bridge at Firgrove Hill. Additional lanes would allow for a dedicated left turn lane which would allow more queuing capacity. The capacity would allow for more time for pedestrians, cyclists and cars travelling across the A31 to make local journeys.
Work on the A31 corridor is being considered alongside the town centre proposals to ensure they complement each other.