Reigate town centre cycling lanes: more details published

Graphic circulated by Surrey County Council

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Surrey County Council has published further details of its plan to install experimental pop-up cycle lanes in Reigate town centre.

A new graphic (above) shows the areas where the new cycle lane will be installed, and where loading bays will be suspended to give pedestrians more room.

The cycle lanes will be physically separated from traffic using red and white water-filled barriers.

To make space, parts of the High Street, Church Street and Bell Street will be reduced to a single lane, and a 20mph speed limit introduced.

Just out of the town centre, on the A25 near Reigate Grammar School, parking will be prohibited in the existing advisory cycle lane.

Work to install the scheme will begin at 7pm on Friday (3 July).  A diversion route will be set up in the town overnight.

Surrey’s Local Committee for Reigate & Banstead tweeted on Wednesday:

“A new scheme will be installed this Friday (3 July) in Reigate where a new cycle lane will be created along the High Street, part of Bell Street, and part of Church Street linking to the existing cycle path.

“To support this, loading bays will be suspended to give more space for pedestrians and the roads will be single lane with a suggested 20mph speed limit.

“There will also be extra signage to alert drivers to the changes and extra cycle parking.”

The plans have proved controversial on social media, including around the lack of public consultation.

County councillor for Reigate, Zully Grant-Duff, said earlier this week that the need to meet government funding deadlines had limited the ability to consult widely.

Any permanent changes will be subject to consultation and advertising in the normal way, she also said.

The scheme is part of Surrey’s plans to help walking and cycling during the pandemic, and bearing in mind the lower take-up of public transport.

The Government’s emergency active travel fund is providing 50% of the money across the county, with Surrey making up the rest.

Surrey’s cabinet member for transport, County Cllr Mat Furniss, said on Tuesday: “These schemes are important to give people the confidence to travel back to our town centres, and to support the people who rediscovered walking and cycling during the lockdown.

“I hope the new cycle lane in Reigate town centre will encourage more people to use their bikes to get around the town.

“Transportation is responsible for 46% of Surrey’s carbon emissions, so it’s essential we find innovative ways to help people find cleaner ways to travel.

“And for individuals, walking and cycling are good for physical and mental health.”

Reigate Business Guild has published a Facebook post summarising the Reigate plans and saying it has written to members asking for views.

“Our primary concern is the safety of all highway users. Unfortunately local businesses and residents have not been formally consulted,” the post added.