Number of ‘near misses’ outside GlaxoSmithKline in Weybridge prompts action

January 14, 2019
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A number of “near misses” outside the Weybridge offices of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have been recorded, prompting the company and council to agree to resurface the road.

Measures will also be taken to improve pedestrian safety along the track, according to a report from a countryside group.

Elmbridge Borough Council (EBC) and GSK have agreed the work can be carried out so long as council recommended contractors are used and the pharmaceutical company pays for the work.

GSK, whose offices are just off St George’s Avenue, requested to carry out the work in July 2018.

But members of the council’s countryside consultative group said they needed more evidence and information.

 

Since then, neighbours along The Heath road have been consulted and GSK has kept a record of accidents and near misses. Three near misses were recorded for October.

Officers from the council’s countryside consultative group have laid out the recommendations for members of the overview and scrutiny committee who will consider the resurfacing work at their meeting on Thursday, January 17.

Papers compiled by countryside officers to go before committee members state: “GlaxoSmithKline have indicated they believe there has been an increase in traffic along the road over time and that it is now the appropriate time to allow measures to be introduced to improve safety for both GSK workers and local residents and so are asking for permission for a path to be created.”

 

The committee will also consider the countryside group’s plan to resurface the track across Ditton Common leading to Old Cranleighans sport club.

They say this is “one of the most heavily used countryside tracks” owned by EBC and due to an increase in traffic and potholes appearing it is now costing the council around £4,000 per year to maintain.

The report states: “The change of surface from road planings to a hard wearing tarmac-based surface would increase the safety of the track and reduce ongoing maintenance costs.”

Work will be paid for by a Community Infrastructure Levy of around £40,000.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/number-near-misses-outside-glaxosmithkline-15658087


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