Independent contracting group, Natta, broke ground on the new access road which will provide a direct link from the A281 to the main Perimeter Road within the aerodrome site. It will be capable of accommodating existing traffic and is designed to be ‘future proof’ to cater for the phased implementation of the approved outline masterplan. It will also provide a more suitable and safer access for Heavy Goods Vehicles than Stovolds Hill to the north and Dunsfold Road to the south.
The new access road will be around 0.5km in length, extending from the A281 to the aerodrome Perimeter Road.
Jim McAllister, Dunsfold Park, Chief Executive, comments: “Today was an exciting move forward in the development of Dunsfold Park. The new road is the first phase of construction and has been designed as a dramatic celebration of Dunsfold Park’s aviation heritage, extending the alignment of the main runway and lining up with the planned Runway Park for the new village. A double avenue of maple trees will commemorate the Royal Canadian Engineers who built the airfield in just 20 weeks.”
Planning consent for the new access road was granted by Waverley Borough Council in October 2019.
The programme of work on the new access road has been planned to ensure there is minimum disruption to the local area. The first phase of the works comprise the roundabout and the majority of the realigned A281 that forms two of the arms of the roundabout. The roundabout has been designed so that it can be built off-line from the A281. This allows the first phase of the works to be built without affecting the A281.
Phase 2 involves (near) simultaneous work on the A281 to punch through onto the new approach arms and allow traffic to leave the existing A281.
Phase 3 then remediates the now unused road and completes the footways and landscaping access extensions. The works will be co-ordinated with Surrey County Council to manage the impact to traffic flows on the A281.
Photo caption L – R: Sandy Moir (Natta), Jamie McAllister (Dunsfold Park), Dominic Davison (Natta), Jim McAllister (Dunsfold Park), Gerry Forristal (Dunsfold Park), Ibrahim Al-Obaidy (Natta), Antonio Giani (Natta).