Summer 2021 is already beginning to look long and laborious for travellers using the busy A281 road from Horsham to Guildford. Because as of yesterday, the Road Closure signs have gone up – again!
By the way, perhaps someone could tell our Alfold friends – have the badgers been re-homed yet following the two-year closure of the Run Common Road?
Here’s the low-down. Sit down, take a deep breath and open this SCC leaflet?
A281 Horsham Road, Grafham will be closed from Run Common Road to Selhurst Common Road whilst works are carried out for 24 days.
Long-suffering motorists have been tearing their hair out from the roots for weeks as they switch off the sat nav and use a compass to find their way into Guildford/Godalming or onto the A3. They have been faced with a myriad of ROAD CLOSED signs, some of which haven’t seen any work!
The frustration experienced by one Alfold traveller is expressed here.
In response, John Wright-Smith said recently…
Highways are incompetent – there, I’ve said it. They have no idea what their sub-contractors plan to do or when. The traffic management is sub-contracted out, and they throw up a few signs and cash the cheque. They don’t liaise with their client to see when the work is happening. Highways are slow to respond and poor at comms. Nearly all their bulletins are unreliable as their contractors don’t tell them when they are not proceeding. Richard Cooper is an embarrassment. Remember the second critical UKOG Committee meeting?
WW. That’s the UK Oil and Gas fracking application that was refused by Surrey County Council a few months back and has now gone to appeal.
Richard decided he’d take the day off and leave his subordinate to take the flak. I have lost count of how many times Highways have given a cursory glance at a Planning Application and then tick the box marked “fine”. That is a green light for planning officers to dismiss any discussion about highways matters because Surrey says it is OK. They are not here in the meeting to field questions.
If Paul Follows and Liz Townsend have any cartridges in their shotgun marked “Reforms at County Council, ” they should have the first two put aside for Highways. Both Barrels are needed.
However, The Waverley Web recognises that some county roads are in urgent need of attention, and if our information is correct, motorists won’t be plagued by many roads works in future.
According to the highway department’s mutter in the gutter… there’s “NFM” left in the highway’s kitty.