Transition Town Farnham has proposed two routes for non-motorised traffic: the Scholars Greenway and the Weyside Greenway
The Scholars Greenway is intended to provide a Greenway to school and college. It will be an attractive and safe route which children, parents and students will use to cycle and walk to school and college. It will link the Surrey Institute of Art and Design and four Farnham schools, namely Heath End, William Cobbett, All Hallows and Potters Gate. It will also provide a pleasant alternative to West Street, East Street and Hale Road for commuters, and in doing so will encourage leisure use. It will link up with an existing traffic free route through Farnham Park. The Greenway would include cycle and pedestrian friendly facilities at busy roads.
The Weyside Greenway is designed to provide a continuous, attractive route for pedestrians, cyclists and those with disabilities that will link the main amenities of Farnham. These include the hospital and health centre, numerous clubs, Waverley Council offices and the station. It is intended for both commuter and leisure use and will be mostly traffic-free. Where roads need to be crossed, vulnerable users will take priority over motor traffic. The new route is designed to make Farnham a more pleasant centre for shopping, eating and entertainment and make it more attractive to tourists. By enabling cyclists and walkers to bypass some of Farnham's worst congestion it will encourage some to switch from cars to healthier and greener ways of getting round the town.
The route will form part of Sustrans National Cycle Route 22 which is being built as a sustainable transport corridor from London to Portsmouth. This in turn will provide excellent links for the people of Farnham to other towns and to the Alice Holt Forest.
Both schemes have had money allocated either from the SCC Highways budget or from Section 106 'planning gain'.
Unfortunately progress has been minimal and it is looking increasingly likely that these funds will be lost. This is at a time when Waverley Borough Council has launched an initiative to tackle the Air Quality Management Area in Farnham