Lies, damn lies… and statistics

Get Surrey readers will have been surprised to note that the A281 Horsham to Guildford Road didn’t even make it onto the list of the top ten busiest roads in the county of Surrey.

photo via Get Surrey

Perhaps someone should tell Waverley’s Portfolio Holder for Planning too – because Cllr Brian Adams (Con Frensham, Dockenfield & Tilford) has spouted statistics that are not borne out in fact. These inaccuracies are then reported and become the ‘Gospel According to the Press’.  Published statistics state, the average commute time during the morning rush hour was  22.5 mph across Surrey.

However, what Get Surrey didn’t tell its readers, is that according to the Department of Transport (yes, we bothered to delve into the DoT statistics to determine the true position) is that the average speed of traffic on the A281 is above 25 mph.

Cllr ‘By Pass’ Byham is right.  There is a bottleneck in Bramley – mainly caused by delivery lorries,  the same in  most other High Streets in the borough and beyond. However, he surely understand that with the Horsham Local Plan for 16,000 homes now approved, others being prepared on the Hampshire border and in Guildford, it is ineviteble – the traffic can only increase. Waverley is not an island!

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