The published April 2021 start date for the upgrade of Junction 8 of the M25 appears not to be set in stone, with Highways England saying that dates should become clearer by the end of this year.
The project, which will include improvements to the roundabout, and the installation of another southbound lane on Reigate Hill as far down as Wray Lane, has been postponed on previous occasions.
Currently Highways England’s project page states that “work will start in April 2021”.
However, Surrey County Council’s recent announcement that it will close a southbound section of Reigate Hill for 14 weeks from 7 September, to repair a retaining wall, prompted residents to ask why Surrey couldn’t wait until April when the two sets of work could run together.
In response, Surrey said on its website that “it is likely that like last time [Highways England] do not have the funding and the works do not go ahead.
“We cannot delay our works at cost to us on the chance that the Junction 8 improvement works may go ahead in eight months’ time.”
This week a spokesperson for Highways England did not specifically say whether or not funding currently exists for the project.
The spokesperson said that Highways England’s plan is still to upgrade the junction in the current “roads period”, which runs to 2024/2025, and that a clearer idea of dates should emerge by the end of this calendar year.
Both projects running at the same time would have caused “huge disruption to road users”, the spokesperson said, and that Highways England would continue to speak to Surrey County Council about when the “much needed” upgrade might start.