Congestion at the junction with the M3
Michael frequently receives complaints about the A322 Lightwater bypass, and it is recognised as the most significant cause of traffic congestion in Surrey Heath. He has been working with Surrey County Council and the Department for Transport to seek the necessary investment, and has pressed Highways England for action.
Highways England agreed to head a detailed study into possible solutions, and below is a timeline of the recent action Michael has been taking:
February 2020 – Michael wrote to the Chief Executive of Highways England, Jim O’Sullivan, to ask for news concerning the study into possible solutions to ease the traffic issues at the junction of the A322 and the M3. Nick Harris, Highways England’s Operations Executive Director, provided a response and a copy of his letter of 13 March is attached below.
May 2020 – Michael wrote to Nick Harris to ask for an update, and a copy of his response of 8 June is attached below
September 2020 - Michael wrote again to Nick Harris to ask for a further update, and a copy of his response of 16 September is attached below
March 2021 - Michael held a virtual meeting with local County Councillor, Mike Goodman, the Regional Director for Highways England’s South East Operations, Nicola Bell, and the Technology Engineering Manager, Eloise Philips, to discuss the urgent need for action to reduce congestion.
May 2021 - Michael held a further meeting with representatives from Highways England and Surrey County Council to discuss the congestion problems at the junction and how they could be addressed. He posted an update on his Facebook page which you can read here.
June 2021 – Michael met local County Councillors Richard Tear and Rebecca Jennings-Evans to discuss the issue of congestion at the M3/A322 junction, as well as wider problems surrounding noise and air pollution along the M3. They committed to working together to press Highways England, the County Council, the Environment Agency and Defra for the necessary improvements.
July 2021 – Michael sent joint letters with Cllr Tear and Cllr Jennings-Evans to Highways England and Surrey County Council, which are attached below.
September 2021 – Michael, together with Cllr Tear and Cllr Jennings-Evans, continued to press for improvements to deal with traffic congestion and pollution on the A322 and M3. They were in regular touch with Matt Furniss, Cabinet Member for Transport and Infrastructure at Surrey County Council, and you can read Cllr Furniss’ response here.
January 2022 – Michael held another virtual meeting with a number of representatives from National Highways (formerly Highways England) to discuss what progress had been made regarding long and short-term options for reducing congestion at the M3/A322 junction, as well as what action is being taken to reduce noise and air pollution. He posted an update on his Facebook page, which you can read here.
Lay-by in Bagshot
The A322 lay-by in Bagshot near Freemantle Road was causing local residents a great deal of misery, and following Michael’s campaign with local Councillors, the Surrey Heath Local Area Committee responded and agreed to close the lay-by.
Surrey County Council allocated the necessary funds to permanently close the lay-by, and the work was completed in September 2020.