Following sustained pressure from Lib Dem councillors and local residents, the A22 in South Whyteleafe is to undergo major surface reconstruction. The work is to take place in the new Council year, beginning in May, and covers the stretch from South Whyteleafe Station northwards to 380 Godstone Road.
Cllr Jeffrey Gray was quick to welcome the news: “Local people have put up with this for long enough. The broken road surface, the pot holes and the raised drains amplify traffic noise to such an extent that residents have suffered horrendous disturbance over recent years.”
Cllr Gray will not rest with this success. “There remains a whole range of problems in this area. Ongoing flatted development continues to change the pattern of habitation in South Whyteleafe. A22 junction design, especially the junction with Well Farm Road and the junction with Salmons Lane, where the level crossing causes queuing, should be reviewed. Speed limit boundaries and enforcement need updating. And pedestrian safety on narrow pavements is a concern.
“I will continue to work for solutions to these problems, but the planned resurfacing is one piece of good news at least.”