Following the release of the Tandridge Local Plan, independent transport consultants WSP have conducted a report reviewing the transport and highways impact of creating a Garden Community at the village South Godstone.
The report concluded that an additional 4000 homes at South Godstone would be unsustainable and would create unacceptable problems of highway safety and capacity.
Some of their chief reasons for concern include:
- Insufficient options for sustainable travel at South Godstone, with little opportunity for enhancement through the provision of infrastructure to accommodate 4000 new homes.
- No direct train service from Godstone Station into central London. Train commuters are required to use the hourly service along the Tonbridge – Redhill branch line before changing at Redhill Station to another service for travel to London.
- There are currently no adequate, regular bus services available in South Godstone. Hourly services operate to destinations on a north – south corridor between East Grinstead and Selsdon. There is no regular or peak hour services to other key destinations including Gatwick Airport, Redhill, Crawley, and Oxted.
- The location of 4000 homes in South Godstone will also generate a higher number of vehicle trips from the development than an equivalent Garden Community located in a more sustainable location within Tandridge District.
- The traffic modelling shows that J6 M25 will operate at capacity in 2033 with the South Godstone Garden Community. To accommodate new trips from the development it is highly likely Junction 6 would require reconstruction with a considerable improvement to capacity.
- Comprehensive improvements would also likely be needed on the A22/A25 corridors to prevent traffic using the unsuitable alternative rural routes.
The full report is available here.