Early in November 2009 we were asked to comment on the Highways Agency proposals for cycle facilities in and near Hindhead village in Surrey, to be implemented once the A3 tunnel is completed. The proposal information was in the form of detailed signing diagrams over the length of the existing A3 from the Hammer Lane junction to the Hindhead A287 crossroads. The diagrams showed the road outlines with the cycle infrastructure overlaid - drawing numbers AB434-MM-020101-1019, -1020, -1021, and -1022.

This report incorporates elements of current thinking about cycle facilities at the national level, and makes particular use of material from Cycling England [1], part of the Department of Transport; material from a presentation by Adrian Lord of ARUP [2]; and material from the CTC [3], the UK's national cyclists' organisation.

Overview of Proposals

The facilities largely describe a shared pedestrian and cyclist path on the west side of the current A3 roadway. The interfaces with the major junctions at Hammer Lane, Hazel Grove, Headley Road, and the A287 are dealt with by means of a total of sixteen Cyclists Dismount signs with no further traffic control. Minor junctions with other roads and numerous private entrances are ignored, as is the idea of needing to access places on the east side of the current A3 roadway. No provision is made for controlling the very fast traffic exiting off the new A3 onto the Hazel Grove roundabouts. The width for the shared route is specified as 3.0m, which is the width recommended for a dedicated two way cycle route. No comment is made about the need for a cycle route to be machine laid to give the necessary smoothness.

The proposals are the same as put before the public inquiry in 2003 and take no account of developments in thinking since then about provision for cycles, and in particular those from the Cabinet Office and the Secretary of State for Transport about making cycling 'mainstream'.