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The town centre is the historic heart of Farnham, an important destination between Guildford and Winchester that serves western Surrey and eastern Hampshire. It benefits from a dynamic economy, with high-quality shops, food and drink destinations, unique heritage and status as a World Craft Town. However, traffic dominates the town centre.
Work has already begun on new restrictions to HGVs travelling through the town, and consideration of lowering speed limits to 20mph and reclassifying roads is already underway. At its cabinet meeting in January 2021, Surrey County Council agreed £2.5 million in funding to deliver these ‘quick wins’ and for further feasibility studies.
Potential options could include:An integrated town centre strategy, ensuring high-quality public spaces Improvements to integrate walking routes from new development areas to the east, including Brightwells, into the rest of the town centre Major improvements to walking and cycling New public transport hubs A fundamental review of bus services to transform accessibility to the town centre using public transport Major changes to the town centre road layout, with major improvements to the pedestrian experience Better management of town centre car parking, including a review of existing car parks alongside new ‘park and ride / stride’ sites, and electronic signs to show where spaces are available Off-street locations for deliveries by goods vehicles New freight consolidation centres to reduce the number of goods vehicles entering the town centre (short-medium term in the town centre, longer-term facilities on the outskirts).
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