Surrey Road and Infrastructure Improvements

In 2016, Surrey County Council launched their ‘Local Strategic Statement’ which sets out objectives to manage sustainable growth across the County between 2016 – 2031. A large proportion of the statement outlines the need to improve public highways, implement new traffic calming measures, pedestrianise shopping areas and create recreational cycle routes.

Key details

Project name
Surrey Road and Infrastructure Improvements

Client
Surrey County Council

Services
Topographical surveys 

Locations
Epsom, Esher, Guildford, Staines and Woking

Challenge

RPS was commissioned to carry out topographical surveys of public highways to facilitate road improvements, pedestrianisation schemes, traffic calming, and the development of an urban cycle network.   

This came with three main sets of challenges: minimising disruption of traffic flow by keeping roads open whilst surveying activities were completed, maintaining safety whilst working on the highway and finally, producing the final survey drawings to a tight timescale.

Solution

RPS places the highest emphasis on Health and Safety and has extensive experience working on the highways. Thorough risk assessments and method statements were carried out prior to undertaking the works. This allowed us to identify the best way to undertake the surveys - with Laser Scanning technology. Laser scanning is great for capturing detail in the carriageway such as road markings and service covers and also allows our surveyors to work remotely. Ultimately this not only allowed us to work in complete safety but also fulfilled the Council’s requirement to avoid road closures and keep the traffic flowing.

Result

The improvement activities were spread over six separate projects and as a result, we have surveyed a total of 13.5 kilometres of roads ranging from town centre networks, through residential roads, to major arterial carriageway junctions. The data captured from the surveys was translated into 2d and 3d points and strings to enable modelling activities to be carried out by the Council Planners.

We exceeded all the all the client deliverables ahead of their timescales, including absolutely no disruption to the public.

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