Current works

April 2022: Demolition of the Triangle site

The demolition works to clear the existing Triangle site within Woking town recommenced on Wednesday 20 April 2022, subject to pre-works surveys. The demolition is expected to last for 12 weeks. 
 
The Triangle site is the pocket of land surrounded by the one-way system incorporating Guildford Road, Victoria Road and Station Approach. 
 
This second phase of works will demolish the vacant terraced shop units and residential apartments facing Guildford Road, owned by Woking Borough Council. The rest of the site will be cleared once the final property acquisitions have been completed.
 
In line with national regulations, the Triangle site working hours will be Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm; Saturdays, 8am to 1pm; and Sundays and public bank holidays – no work will be allowed, except in the event of an emergency. 

Why are these works required?

The demolition of the properties is essential to enable the Victoria Arch widening scheme, which will:

  • widen this section of the A320 to improve traffic movement and reduce congestion
  • replace the outdated railway bridge to provide more reliable rail services
  • improve pedestrian and cycling facilities around the town centre
  • provide the transport infrastructure necessary to unlock existing developed sites for town centre housing.

When the key works for the Victoria Arch widening scheme recommences later this year, the cleared site will be reduced in size to accommodate the planned widening of Guildford Road and the remaining area will be used as a safe compound for the scheme’s contractors and Network Rail.
 
The long-term plan for the site, as set out in the original housing numbers for the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) project with Homes England, is to deliver housing units on this site. The project team is currently working with architects to consider the housing development options for the site that fulfil Homes England’s requirements.

Completed works

Highways trial hole works 

We delivered early enabling works for the Victoria Arch widening scheme. These works delivered trial hole excavations underneath the Victoria Arch and along Guildford Road, Victoria Road and Station Approach.

The works commenced on Monday 6 June 2022 and finished ahead of schedule on Saturday 25 June. During this time, this section of the highway is closed to vehicles in both directions and access for pedestrians and cyclists underneath Victoria Arch was maintained.

Why were these works required?

Conducted on behalf of Woking Borough Council and Surrey County Council, the works included:

  • identifying buried objects such as underground pipes and cables, determining their condition, construction and direction
  • exploring the ground’s profile, and
  • undertaking drainage surveys.

What we did to minimise disruption

  • Works were coordinated to minimise disruption to local residents and businesses.
  • On-site works were set working times - see the working hours information in the next section. 
  • Drilling did not take place first thing in the morning and last thing in the afternoon.
  • Site crews did take long breaks in the middle of the day, except to adhere to the law and health and safety regulations.
  • Used sound proof barriers around the trial hole works.
  • Advance road closure signs were displayed along the affected routes and other main highways. 
  • Study diversion routes were put in place to monitor the impact of the closure.
  • Local emergency services response times were measured.

Related information

Letter about the works to affected residents and businesses 

Temporary road closure required at Victoria Arch for essential works

Victoria Arch to re-open ahead of schedule

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