CONCERNED residents can at last breathe a sigh of relief after Highways finally caved in and agreed to address the chaos at Brookwood Crossroads sooner rather than later.
Councillors have been calling for long-awaited improvements to the junction where the A322 meets the A324 .
A backlog of traffic causes major delays and disruption, but until last week pleas from those affected had fallen on deaf ears.
Initially, Surrey County Council had said improvements weren’t needed.
Then at the Woking local committee meeting at the Civic Offices on Wednesday, March 6, they admitted they might not be carried out until at least 2019.
But, with the 297-home Brookwood Farm development plus a new school on the cards, fears are that congestion problems can only be exacerbated.
Brookwood ward councillor Kevin Davis was initially frustrated by Surrey County Council’s “unbelievable” proposal. He explained: “Basically they stated that there was no budget to even look at what could be done, so they would slot it in to the 2015 –2019 programme of studies to be designed with an implementation date some time beyond 2019.
“We decided this wasn’t acceptable because, by 2016, once nearly 300 new houses within a mile or so of the crossroads and the school have been built, the place would be gridlocked.
“I do accept there are issues to funding and how long things can take, but I find 2019 so far away, it’s unbelievable.”
The local committee agreed that the county council should identify a source of funding and closely examine the area before presenting new proposals and potential dates for work in 12 months’ time.
A total of £50,000 needs to be identified to fund the study, but Cllr Davis was delighted with the compromise and change of heart.
He said: “This is good news for Brookwood. I believe we have made a significant step in the right direction.
“I am very happy with where we have got to and now we have to maintain pressure and see what options are available to us.”
Surrey County Council transport and planning assistant director Iain Reeve told the committee last week: “I can’t offer to put Brookwood ahead of other schemes because total committees will be rather annoyed that they’ve been leapfrogged. What we’re saying is let’s consider it.”