Category Archives: Ancient History

New cycle route on West Hill – Christ Church Road

In the spring of 2015, work finally started on a cycle route along Christ Church Road and West Hill. It was a condition of planning consent that the developer of Noble Park should provide this route.

Work in progress on West Hill

The completed route includes road tables across side roads.

The completed route includes road tables across side roads.

The footway has been widened between Station Approach and Stamford Green to allow shared use by cyclists and pedestrians. To the west of Stamford Green there is a new cycle route behind the church, connecting to the route around Epsom Common.
The section past Stamford Green, where the footway width is constrained by a ditch, is proving problematic.
Since the Noble Park development included parking for 659 cars, we very much hope that this route will tempt residents to leave the car at home and go by bike.

Two-way cycling along Station Approach

Two-way cycling has now been introduced along Station Approach in Epsom. This allows cyclists to reach West Hill from the station without going most of the way round Epsom’s one-way system – or walking.
The narrow width of Station Approach and the bend in the middle were serious constraints on the design of this scheme: the carriageway had to remain wide enough to allow large vehicles to negotiate the bend. So the scheme involved widening the footway to allow shared use by pedestrians and cyclists, though the footway remains narrow around the bend. This is far from an ideal solution.
In 1990, when the one-way system was introduced, the Borough Council, recognising how cyclists would be disadvantaged, voted for a one-way contra-flow cycle lane in Station Approach. The then Borough Engineer persuaded the Chairman of the Highways Committee that a contra-flow cycle lane was technically not possible because of lorries turning round the bend. The scheme was therefore not implemented and Stamford Ward cyclists in particular were disadvantaged for 24 years.
The footway has been widened to allow shared use.

The footway has been widened to allow shared use.

It is now possible to follow the link to the Surrey Cycleway.

It is now possible to follow the link to the Surrey Cycleway.

Hook Road – Chessington Road path

As part of the redevelopment of the St Ebba’s Hospital site, the path connecting Hook Road with Chessington Road has been improved.
Until its improvement, the path had been unattractive, its surface had deteriorated and it was flanked by two ugly concrete fences:
The photo below shows the path after improvement:
The new path connects with a new toucan crossing of Chessington Road, near Riverholme Drive.

Epsom Station redevelopment

The redevelopment of the station included a significant increase in cycle parking spaces.
Work has now been completed on a mixed use development, comprising new railway station ticket hall facility, 124 residential apartments, 64 bed hotel and ancillary A1 and A3 retail uses, together with 67 car parking spaces, highway and public realm improvements and servicing arrangements.
The development included 200 cycle-parking spaces for rail passengers. The old station had 96 spaces, with a further 28 outside in the street. All the new spaces are at first-floor level, reached from the street via the car park entrance at the west end of the site and reached from the platforms by steps (or a lift) down and up. The Cycling Action Group believed that this arrangement would be inconvenient: it could take at least five minutes to park a bicycle and then reach the platforms. But the increase in capacity is still welcome.
We understand that the developer made contribution to Surrey to pay for the widening of the footway of Station Approach as far as the junction with West Hill. This will allow it to be designated for shared use by pedestrians and cyclists.They also made a contribution for a similar scheme in Waterloo Road, under the railway bridge.

New bridge fills missing link in Hogsmill Path

A bridge over the stream that runs into the Hogsmill near Green Lanes, Ewell, has filled the missing link in the Hogsmill path.
There is now a continuous off-road route for cyclists and walkers between the A240 Kingston Road on the boundary with Kingston to Chessington Road in the centre of Ewell Village. Crossing Chessington Road into the grounds of Bourne Hall is expected to form part of plans for Ewell Village in due course.
The bridge was moved from a site in Cobham, where it was surplus to requirements.
Map of the Hogsmill Path (in new window)

Stones Road Tunnel finally opens

After 7-8 years of planning by Surrey – and even more years of campaigning by cyclists – the tunnel under the railway at Stones Road finally opened in February 2012. It provides a convenient link for pedestrians and cyclists between the Longmead Road / Blenheim Road area and the East Street / Kiln Lane area.

The tunnel replaces an old footbridge that was a major inconvenience not only to cyclists but to those with push-chairs, shopping trolleys etc. The concrete had begun to crumble, allowing the reinforcements to corrode. So the bridge could have become unsafe.

The footbridge was demolished in September 2010, leaving local people without a direct link for over a year.

The old bridge is dismantled

The old bridge is dismantled

The passage under the railway

The passage under the railway


Work begins on the passage


The new tunnel at Stones Road

Hogsmill path extended again

The Hogsmill Path was extended again over the summer of 2010, this time from Green Lanes in Ewell towards the culvert under the railway. So there is now a continuous route for cyclists and walkers from the A240 on the boundary with Kingston, across Ruxley Lane, past Ewell Court up to the edge of Ewell Village.
The final section under the railway and up the river to the Horse Pond in Ewell has now been refurbished.
The next stage is to install a bridge across the stream near the end of Green Lanes, Ewell.
Map of the Hogsmill Path (in new window)


The Bonesgate


An improved path has been laid along the Surrey side of the Bonesgate stream, running between Chessington Road and the Hogsmill near Kingston Road. As the photo shows, the path was transformed from a muddy footpath to a shared-use path with a rideable surface. The path has now been given a ‘fibredec’ surface.

St Ebba’s Redevelopment


On 13th September 2010, engineers presented a report to Surrey’s local committee recommending a toucan toucan crossing of Chessington Road between the path from Hook Road and Riverholme Drive. The work was subsequently done under an S278 Agreement and therefore all costs were met by the developer of the St Ebba’s site.
Work has was also completed on a three-metre path along the east side of Hook Road. This was complemented by upgrading (and desegregating) the bridleway from the Chantilly Way junction and Chessington Road.