Local walkers and runners will know that Footpath No. 75 at Whistler’s Bridge (where it crosses the M25) has now been the subject of a ‘Temporary Prohibition of Traffic Order*’ (closure to pedestrians) since May 22 this year, as the bridge was deemed unsafe for pedestrian traffic. The closure was due to expire on 15 November 2019.
However, an extension has now been granted by the Secretary of State for Transport until 15 November 2020 or until the completion of the works, whichever is earlier.
The parapets have now been secured to prevent them from falling towards the motorway, but there is still the potential for them to fall inwards onto the path, hence the ongoing need for closure.
Unfortunately this is not a top priority at the moment for Highways/SCC, with many other more pressing issues, and a need to secure the necessary funding for the fabrication of the new parapets.
However, Michael Smith, senior project manager says that he hopes to have the replacement parapets manufactured this year, with an installation date of either just before Christmas or early in the new year.
The Limpsfield Parish Council and our local SCC councillor, Cameron McIntosh continue to press for progress updates on a regular basis and we will let you know as soon as there is news.
You can view /download the map of the temporary closure plan here.
*The Surrey County Council Public Footpath 75 (Limpsfield) Temporary Prohibition of Traffic Order 2019 was made by the County Council under Section 14(1) & (2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
Enquiries to: Countryside Access Team, Surrey County Council, Whitebeam Lodge, Merrow Depot, Merrow Lane, Guildford GU4 7BQ. Tel: 0300 200 1003 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org