Piggery Gate junction
Introduction / summary
Piggery Gate is currently closed to traffic. Under the 2015 Estate Plan and outline planning permission, a new all movements four-arm junction was designed and granted detailed consent with the support of Surrey County Council as the Local Highway Authority.
The junction works, including the removal of the existing pedestrian bridge, must be completed prior to an increase in parking spaces within the main campus, south of the A30. The requirements will be triggered by a new multi-storey car park close to the Piggery Gate junction, but this is some time off.
The university is currently (September 2019) progressing a detailed cost and programming appraisal of the Piggery Gate Junction. Programme implications will be updated in due course.
Relevance to the Estate Plan
Detailed designs for the Piggery Gate junction were prepared, submitted and approved by Runnymede Borough Council in 2015 as part of the outline planning application for the campus.
Since 2015, detailed underground site investigations have resulted in the junction shifting approximately 6m to the west: the fundamental design will remain unchanged. Mayer Brown, Transportation Consultants and Highway Engineers for the university, are in the process of finalising the position of the junction. Opportunities to comment upon the emerging proposals were provided as part of the July 2019 engagement event and subsequent consultation period. Ongoing technical investigations relating to the detailed design are progressing. Subject to the result of ongoing cost and programme considerations, a submission will then be made to Runnymede Borough Council.
The detailed design of the junction was consulted upon in 2014/15, ultimately being approved by Surrey County Council (as the local Highway Authority) and Runnymede Borough Council (as the Local Planning Authority).
Planning application / reserved matters submission
A variation of condition application to replace the approved junction design plans referenced in the 2015 outline planning decision notice will be submitted once cost and programming implications have been satisfactorily concluded. The geometry of the junction will remain fundamentally the same: the slight shifting of the junction to avoid underground services will result in minor landscaping alterations.
Due to ongoing detailed design, cost, and programme considerations, a target date for submission of a variation of condition application has not been identified. The design has been approved, but its repositioning requires approval from the county and borough councils. Subject to securing necessary approvals under the Planning and Highways Acts, it is anticipated that construction will commence in autumn 2020. The intention is that the junction will become operational by summer 2021, however this will depend on the ongoing investigations referenced above.
No contractor is yet appointed to undertake these works. A procurement process will be undertaken between May and August 2020.
Link with other Estate projects and plans
The slight adjustment of the junction to the east allows for a larger landscaped area close to the proposed Enterprise Centre and an opportunity to repair, realign and enhance the red brick wall facing Egham Hill which will celebrate the heritage of the campus while having a backdrop of modern academic buildings.
In time, the Piggery Gate junction will be used to access the multi-storey car park proposed in the 2015 Estate Plan at the edge of the Campus. The new car park will be progressed, as required, following the completion of the buildings proposed in this location.