The six-month project will create an attractive, safe space at the heart of the town centre that is better for alfresco eating and drinking, events and as a place to meet and relax.
Works will take place from 7.30am-6pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 6pm on Saturdays. Some night work may also be required.
The revamp includes resurfacing the pedestrianised shopping area (known as Princess Precinct) between Victoria Road and Albert Road, new lighting, seating and planters, improved drainage and new loading bays for deliveries.
It will also improve accessibility with level surfacing and safer crossing points, including dropped kerbs and tactile paving.
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and Surrey County Council are working in partnership to deliver the project. The work will be carried out by Murrills Construction and managed by Surrey County Council’s principal contractor, Kier.
Murrills has recently completed a similar successful scheme in Epsom town centre.
Cllr Eddy Humphreys, Executive Member for Business and Economy, said:
“The High Street revamp forms part of our ongoing efforts to revitalise Horley town centre to improve its vibrancy and competiveness. The enhanced streetscape will better meet the needs of residents, businesses, visitors and the town’s growing population.
It will also make it easier to hold regular events including St George’s Day and the Christmas lights switch on, as well to put on new events, all of which will help to boost the local economy.
“We apologise for any disruption that the improvement works may cause but I’m sure the end result will be worth it.”
The work will be carried out in sections to minimise disruption to residents and businesses and at times temporary traffic lights will be needed on Albert Road and Victoria Road.
The scheme is funded £530,000 from the Borough Council’s Capital Programme, previously earmarked for improvements to the town centre, and £220,000 from Surrey County Council, who designed the scheme.
The project was developed in consultation with the Horley Town Management Group, businesses and local councillors.
For more information visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/highways
Help police after pursuit of Mini through Horley
Police are appealing for witnesses following a pursuit involving a blue Mini Cooper in Horley on Friday (12 April).
At approximately 9.15pm, officers were in the Smallfield area when they noticed the blue Mini Cooper was driving dangerously. Officers carried out a pursuit of the vehicle, but lost sight of it.
Sergeant Chris Schultze, of the Roads Policing Unit said:
“If you were near Smallfield Road, or Chapel Road in Horley at around 9.15pm on Friday, and remember seeing a blue Mini Cooper driving dangerously, please come forward.
“If you were driving near either of those roads and have dash cam footage, please can you review it in case there is anything on there that may help with our investigations.”
Anyone with information please call 101 immediately, quoting crime reference number PR/45190038513 or tell us online via http://surrey.police.uk/TellUsMore
You can also give information, 100% anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; or through their anonymous online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/