A320 improvements get £100m shortlist boost

Runnymede's £100million bid for investment in the A320 has been shortlisted.

Longcross Village

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced the projects that progressed to the next stage of the £4.1billion Forward Funding scheme.

Runnymede Borough Council led on the bid to government for funding to deliver improvements to the A320 corridor in Runnymede and Woking.

More than £14bn of projects made pitches with Runnymede's bid making it through as part of the top 44 government-shortlisted areas, it announced on Wednesday March 22.

Four projects in Surrey have been successful in securing shortlisting and Runnymede, with our partners at the county council will now be working with government officials to develop the bid in advance of final funding announcements from autumn 2018, enabling the new necessary infrastructure delivery to begin.

In its letter to Surrey the MGCLG singled out Longcross Garden Village and said it would specifically work with us and explore how the project could support our ambitions for the site.

Runnymede and its partners are concluding a detailed feasibility study for works to demonstrate the deliverability of its emerging Local Plan.  Details are on the Runnymede website.

Runnymede planning committee chairman Councillor Gail Kingerley, said: "Having locally identified a need to invest in the A320 road corridor this success marks a key step forward to delivering the necessary improvements.  Through consultation with our residents we know that congestion and traffic is a key concern in accommodating the growth the Borough needs.  We are looking forward to working with Government to secure investment for Runnymede and our neighbours."

The leader of Runnymede Borough Council, Cllr Nick Prescot, added: "Runnymede is proud to have led a bid team through to successful shortlisting as part of only 44 areas achieving progress in the highly competitive Government Housing Infrastructure Fund.  Runnymede Borough Council, and our partners in the County Council will now work with Government officials to finalise the bid, which hopes to attract up to £100 million of investment for this road."

Surrey County Council deputy leader John Furey said: "It's good news for Surrey. It means that with district and borough teams we can press ahead with developing plans to improve roads and other facilities which would help unlock much-needed homes."

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