Bike Ride – Sunday 12th May 2019

Our ride this month will be this weekend on Sunday 12th at 10:00am.

We meet outside the Hand & Spear pub near Weybridge Station, and the route will be about 45 kilometers on a mix of quieter roads and cycle tracks with lunch at Polesden Lacey.

We will set off down Brooklands Road and Redhill Road, crossing under the A3 into Pointers Lane.  From there we proceed to Downside and across Bookham Common.  We then climb up through Effingham to Ranmore Common.  From there it’s a fun downhill followed by Chapel Hill by which time you will be ready for lunch at the National Trust cafe at Polesden Lacey.

The return will be via Fetcham, Stoke D’Abernon and Cobham.

The full route map is here:

The ride will be on a mix of quieter roads and cycle tracks.  The total distance will be about 45km, which is around 28 miles.

If you want to come on the ride, you can just turn up.

There will be no ride in June.  Our next ride will therefore be on Sunday 14th July.

The Martian Race

Many of you will already know that I am helping to organise the Lions Martian Race this year.  It is a 5k, 10k and 21k race through the woodlands and heaths of Horsell Common on Sunday 30th June.  It is a great event and all proceeds will go to local charities including Woking and Sam Beare Hospices.

We are currently seeking volunteers to help with marshalling and other activities on the day.  If you would to help with this very worth cause then please send an email to me at  We would really appreciate as much help as we can get.

Consultation on cycle routes in the West Byfleet Area

I have received the following message from Highways England about potential cycle route improvements in the Byfleet and West Byfleet area.  This is separate from the planned improvements in the M25 / A3 junction area.

Atkins is working with Highways England on improving facilities for cyclists and pedestrians in the area around Junction 10 of the M25. We’re investigating four potential sets of improvements as outlined below. As we are seeking feedback from anyone with an interest in the development of the improvements, including cycle and pedestrian organisations, we’d like to hear your views on these potential improvements. In addition, we would welcome comments regarding what it’s like to walk and cycle on and near these routes.

Below is a summary of four projects we’d like you to comment on. The proposed routes are all illustrated here:

  • Scheme A: West Byfleet Station to RHS Garden Wisley.

A cycle route between RHS Garden Wisley and West Byfleet railway station via rural, suburban and town centre roads and streets, which would encourage visitors to Wisley gardens to cycle and/or travel by train.

  • Scheme B: Cobham to Painshill Junction.

An upgrade of the route that currently exists between the A307/A245 roundabout and the Painshill junction, tying in existing facilities to form a continuous route from Cobham to Ripley.

  • Scheme C: The A245 from Seven Hills Road to Chertsey Road, and the A318.

A cycle route along the A245 (Byfleet Road and Parvis Road) between Seven Hills Road and Chertsey Road plus a 290m section north from where the A245 meets Sopwith Drive (the A318) up to the junction at Brooklands Industrial Park.

  • Scheme D: B2215 Ockham Park Junction to Ripley.

Controlled crossings for pedestrians and cyclists on the B2215 at the Ockham Park junction are already proposed as part of the M25 J10 improvements. Our scheme considers additional controlled crossings beyond the Ockham Park junction into Ripley via the B2215.

This work is part of Highways England’s ‘Designated Funds’ programme. The objectives of the programme include:

  • maximising opportunities to deliver additional improvements as part of new road schemes
  • improving cycling facilities on, or near, the Highways England road network
  • reducing the impact of Highways England roads as a barrier to cycling

Whilst these routes and the Highways England M25 Junction 10 improvement scheme are separate projects, they have been chosen because they would enhance pedestrian and cyclist provision within the proximity of the junction 10 improvement scheme.  For more information on the junction 10 scheme, please see:

We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you along with other user groups to discuss the proposals or any related issues and answer any questions on the improvements.  We will be issuing a poll to determine convenient dates; if you are interested in attending please let us know and we will include you when the poll is issued.

Alternatively, you can share your views and comments by emailing us at, telephone us on 0300 123 5000, or write to Mr Jonathan Wade, Project Manager, Highways England, Bridge House, 1 Walnut Tree Close, Guilford GU1 4LZ. Please give us your feedback by 24 May 2019. We look forward to hearing your views.