Runnymede Roundabout [JR1] located between Egham Town Centre and Junction 13 of the M25, provides important links to Egham, Windsor, Staines-upon-Thames, Bagshot and Camberley. The area is home to a significant number of businesses and suffers from peak time congestion. A funding request was submitted to the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership to improve the roundabout. This aims to:
- dramatically reduce journey times
- reduce cost of travel
- improve overall journey reliability
- reduce accident risk.
The grant request for £3.6m was approved in November 2014, and together with a £1.2m local contribution from Runnymede Borough Council and Surrey County Council will provide a total of £4.8m to enhance the layout of the roundabout, provide additional signalling and significantly improve accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists to the neighbouring areas and River Thames. For further information on the works which are scheduled to commence in 2015 please visit the Surrey County Council website.
The Egham Sustainable Transport Package includes area wide walking, cycling and bus improvements, connecting people from where they live to where they work, go to school and shop. It includes:
- creating off road cycle routes along widened footways of the A308 The Causeway, where there have been 18 casualties in just over four years
- improved connectivity between Egham railway station and businesses and the town centre
- provision of hire cycles at the station and bus corridor
- priority measures for the area.
Funding for the scheme has been secured from the Local Enterprise Partnership.
The Yellow Bus Service is an innovative Runnymede Business Partnership and Council scheme to reduce traffic congestion and provide a safe and secure journey to school. Launched in 2002, the scheme was the first American style yellow school bus service to operate in the South of England. The service runs seven buses serving four secondary schools throughout the Borough and has approximately 500 registered users. It is funded through developer contributions, the generous sponsorship of local companies - Thorpe Park, P&G and World Duty Free Group, Council funding and fares. The scheme helps reduce congestion, improves student punctuality and helps working parents.
Runnymede Borough Council along with other local authorities and the EM3 Local Economic Partnership have been lobbying Government hard for additional funding for the Lower Thames flood scheme. The scheme consists of a new flood channel, improvements to three of the existing Thames weirs, installation of property level products for up to 1,200 homes (to make them more resistant to floods) and an improved flood incident response plan. The flood channel, to be built in three sections, will be between 30 and 60m wide and 17km long. It will protect 9,500 properties to a 1 in 75 flood (1.33% chance of occurring in any year). In total around 15,000 properties, local infrastructure (eg roads, sewerage network) and many businesses will be better protected from flooding.
Following a Government funding announcement in December 2014, up to £220m has now been allocated by government to fund this scheme. The Council is actively looking at how the remaining funding for the scheme can be found.