Works to significantly ease traffic congestion and improve waste facilities in Guildford’s largest industrial estate at Slyfield will begin later this month.
The new internal road will reduce traffic in and around the estate, enable the relocation of the Council’s depot and Thames Water’s sewage works and help bring forward housing on our largest brownfield site. Balfour Beatty have been appointed as the construction team to build the new road, which is expected to complete by early 2020.
Leader of the Council and Lead Councillor for Planning and Regeneration, Cllr Paul Spooner says: ‘The new internal road is key to the wider regeneration of the area, serving as a catalyst for reinvestment in the estate creating more job opportunities and unlocking the potential of brownfield land being utilised for new housing as laid out in our Local Plan. While it’s taken longer than anticipated to get to this point, it is testament to the commitment of the Council to its key priorities of Place Making and Community that we are delivering this important project.’
Deputy Leader of the Council and Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Governance, Cllr Matt Furniss says: ‘On completion the scheme will have a hugely positive impact on improving traffic flow in and around Slyfield. It will also enable us to update and move the depot to a better location and bring forward housing on our largest brownfield site, which in turn will better serve our current residents and businesses and those companies who may move to the area in the future.’
He adds: ‘Traffic management will be put in place and we will do all we can to minimise any disruption throughout the duration of the works.’
Husam El-Darsh, Balfour Beatty Project Manager, said: ‘We’re delighted to join with Guildford Borough Council to celebrate this significant milestone. The Slyfield Internal Estate Road project will significantly benefit the local community by improving road access and easing traffic congestion. We look forward to breaking ground on this exciting new development with works being procured through Scape Group’s National Civil Engineering and Infrastructure framework. We are confident that the project will leave a long-lasting, positive impact on the local community.’