Consultation on proposed Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) amendments - Commercial Way, Woking

16 July 2014

A key aim of the Woking Borough Council Commercial Way public realm improvement scheme, (the second phase which is currently under construction), is the provision of a safe, quality urban environment.

To further enhance the scheme and bring benefits to pedestrians, amendments are sought to the existing Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) that applies to the pedestrian zone (Mon-Sat 10.30am - 4pm) on Commercial Way/Chapel Street between Chapel Street and Cawsey Way. A map of the area can be viewed here.

The proposed change is to fully pedestrianize this section of road 24 hours, seven days a week. Cyclists will continue to be allowed to cycle along this stretch under the proposals, i.e. there will be no change to cycle movements.

A Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) is the legal instrument by which traffic authorities implement most traffic management controls on their roads under the Road Traffic & Regulations Act 1984.

The proposed TRO amendments are as follows and affect the Borough Council of Woking (Woking Town Centre) (Traffic Regulation) Order 1994:

  • No vehicles to proceed along Commercial Way between Chapel Street and Cawsey Way junctions 24 hours/ 7 days a week. This includes the northernmost 20m of Chapel Street currently within the pedestrian zone.

The following exemptions to the TRO would apply:

  • fire brigade, ambulance, and police

  • vehicles in connection with building operation/demolition, underground services, maintenance and improvements.

  • vehicles in the service of a local authority in pursuance of statutory powers or duties.

  • Buggies (battery powered vehicle with an engine capacity of 2.5HP at 3200RPM seating 8 passengers)

  • Powered wheelchairs

Anyone wishing to comment on these proposals should contact Vanessa Tabner in writing by 5pm, Friday 1 August 2014 at the contact details below:

Vanessa Tabner
Woking Borough Council
Civic Offices
Gloucester Square
Woking
GU21 6YL

Email: vanessa.tabner@woking.gov.uk

Following completion of the consultation, the results and proposals to address any valid concerns will be forwarded to the County Council for approval. Assuming Surrey County Council approval the proposals, there will then be a further period of statutory consultation with advertisement of the proposals in the local press. Once this is complete the Order can then be made assuming no significant valid objections are received.