Campaign launched to reduce A25 lorry traffic through East Surrey villages
A CAMPAIGN to reduce lorry traffic has been launched by a group of villagers.
TAG-A25 has been set up by residents in Nutfield, Bletchingley and Godstone.
Their objective is to stop further lorry traffic on the A25 thundering through their villages.
They fear the number of heavy goods vehicles will increase following the approval of Surrey County Council's Minerals Plan in July, to allow further sand extraction at two sites in Nutfield and one in Bletchingley.
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During a meeting at The Whyte Harte Hotel in High Street, Bletchingley, last Wednesday, Keith Bouracier, of Nutfield Marsh Road, Nutfield, explained the objectives of TAG-A25.
He said: "The traffic issue is an accumulative and common problem to us all. This is welding together our efforts and views.
"We are challenging Surrey County Council with their rather casual acceptance of the fact that these roads are suitable for what they are proposing ."
With representatives from Nutfield Conservation Society, Godstone Village Association and the three villages' parish councils, the team is considering undertaking its own road surveys to analyse the current traffic movement, as well as lobbying the county council for action.
During the meeting, Peter Forbes, 63, of Braes Mead, Nutfield, said a reduction of the existing speed limit would perhaps limit the dangers posed by lorries.
He added: "These villages have narrow pavements often used by young mothers with toddlers and pushchairs which are very exposed by HGVs passing dangerously close to them.
"There are also elderly residents who find it difficult crossing such a busy road. The speed limit is currently 50mph between the villages and vehicles are often still travelling at over 40mph when they reach the 30mph limit. It would help if the existing 50mph limit was reduced to 40mph."
Felicity Gresser, chairman of Godstone Village Association, said she hoped they could achieve a way of re-routing the HGV traffic away from the three villages.
Mrs Gresser, 76, of Tilburstow Hill Road, Godstone, added: "Having TAG-A25 is essential, as we are stronger by working together and there is more opportunity then to bring ideas to the table."
The group also fears there is another risk of further HGV traffic from a proposed aggregates recycling plan.
This would involve stone aggregate being transported to and from the Copyhold site on the A25.
Anyone with particular concerns in connection with the increase in traffic volumes on the A25 is advised to approach their parish council.