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22/07/2019

M25 junction change to be examined by PINS

Words: Laura Edgar
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An application by Highways England for changes to the M25 J10/A3 Wisley Interchange has been accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate.

The scheme comprises two Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs).

According to the application form, the scheme is intended to reduce congestion, improve safety and support planned growth.

The M25 J10 roundabout and associated slip roads would be altered. The hard shoulder at J10 would be converted to provide an additional running lane in each direction. The A3 would be improved between the Painshill junction to the north and the Ockham junction to the south, including the widening of the A3 to four lanes in both directions.

The scheme also includes alterations to local side roads, the widening of the A245 Byfleet Road to three lanes in each direction between the A3 Painshill junction and Seven Hills Road, and a series of new and improved routes for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.

Highways England says there is an “extensive” package of environmental mitigation and compensation measures included in the scheme, including 39.8 hectares of replacement land proposed in exchange for the loss of common land and open space.

Sarah Richards, chief executive of the Planning Inspectorate, said: “A major priority for us over the next few weeks is to ensure that the people and communities who may be affected by this proposal have the opportunity to give us their views.”

More information can be found on the National Infrastructure Planning website.

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