In response to concerns raised via social media regarding the new road layout at Halliloo Valley Road junction with Woldingham Road The Parish Council met with Surrey Highways last week to drive the new junction together and discuss all issues raised.
Copied below is the written response from Surrey Highways which was agreed at that meeting, and which those of you who contacted SCC directly have received already.
The reflective posts to mark the built out road are being installed next week and as it says below following this a safety audit will take place.
We will update you when we have any further information.
Woldingham Parish Council
Written Response from Surrey Highways:
I have met with both the Design Engineer and a representative from Woldingham Parish Council to discuss the concerns that have been raised about the scheme. The concerns raised focus mainly on the right turn from Woldingham Road into Halliloo Valley Road. Before the build out was put in place a number of drivers were driving further along Woldingham Road, to gain better visibility of traffic coming from the viaduct before making the turn into Halliloo Valley Road. The location of the build out means that right turning traffic needs to make the turn earlier and therefore is not able to drive further along Woldingham Road before turning.
It is accepted that this right turn from Woldingham Road to Halliloo Valley Road is not good, however it was not good before the build out was put in place. We concluded that the turn is marginally worse since the build out was put in place. However both the build out at the junction of Bug Hill and Halliloo Valley Road and the new traffic island in Halliloo Valley Road have acted to slow traffic coming from the viaduct and turning left from Woldingham Road into Halliloo Valley Road. The new road layout also slows traffic on Halliloo Valley Road approaching the junction as the traffic island restricts the available width and has introduced additional deflection for oncoming vehicles towards the junction. The new road layout with the new build-out and traffic island encourages slower vehicles speeds at the junction for vehicles undertaking all manoeuvres. It is acknowledged that the visibility for right turners from Woldingham Road into Halliloo Valley Road is marginally more restricted that prior to the scheme being implemented, however this is compensated for by lower vehicle speeds in general at the junction, and in particular for vehicles approaching along Woldingham Road from the viaduct.
Some people have also raised concerns about difficulties turning right onto Woldingham Road westbound from Halliloo Valley Road. It is acknowledged that the location of the traffic island in Halliloo Valley Road means that vehicles waiting to turn may be a short distance further to the south-east than they were previously, slightly reducing the visibility along Woldingham Road. To address this issue the scheme has included vegetation clearance around the inside corner of Halliloo Valley Road and Woldingham Road to improve the visibility of vehicles on Woldingham Road coming from the direction of Woldingham station. The new give way road markings are on the same alignment as the previous layout, meaning vehicles are no further back from the junction than they were before. This was discussed at the site meeting, and it was concluded that the sightline along Woldingham Road for vehicles turning out of Halliloo Valley Road was of a similar standard as before the construction of the scheme.
This scheme has been the subject of a Road Safety Audit by independent road safety professionals at the design stage. There will be a further Road Safety Audit now the scheme has been constructed and the concerns raised about vehicles turning right on Woldingham Road into Halliloo Valley Road will be discussed at that audit.