Surrey County Council is preparing to develop a Local Cycle and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) for Waverley Borough.
This LCWIP would allow Surrey to bid to the Department for Transport for Active Travel Funding to create and improve the infrastructure for cycling, walking and mobility access across our borough.
Following the Stage 1 Workshop for this LCWIP, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce has given the following feedback.
Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce wholeheartedly supports any investment in local walking and cycling infrastructure, as an important contributor to our local economy.
As a village, we already enjoy a larger than average number of cyclists using our High Street; road cyclists passing through following the Olympics legacy and Tour of Britain event routes, mountain bikers accessing trails in the Surrey Hills, and families using the Downs Link.
Cranleigh has an incredible but underutilised resource in the Downs Link, and the Chamber has long called for an upgrade to its surface to create an all-weather multi-use active travel route connecting Horsham and Guildford, via Cranleigh.
With high levels of housebuilding in and around Cranleigh, and plans to create a new town at Dunsfold Park, it is vital that local authorities invest in sustainable transport infrastructure for this part of the Borough.
There are relatively few opportunities to upgrade our local roads to increase capacity, so instead we must encourage people to walk or cycle where possible, and to live, work and play locally.