SCC - Local transport plan 4: Impact on Cranleigh

What is the LTP4?


 The Local Transport Plan(LTP4) is the forth iteration of the Surrey County Council transport plan and was adopted by SCC on 12th July 2022, following a consultation in 2021, you can read details here: Why we need our new local transport plan - Surrey County Council ( It appears likely that this Surrey County Council policy is the route cause of all the issues with the High Street development, the challenges with the new Leisure Centre development and the proposals for the LCWIP. 

Here is more information on this for you: 

Demand Management for cars - Demand management for cars policy area - Surrey County Council (

The plan seeks the closure of some neighbourhoods or streets to through traffic, such as school streets, and the reduced priority and speed for traffic on others will increase travel time and reduce the relative advantage of using cars rather than active travel, personal mobility or public transport options for local trips. This sounds nice in principle, but for a rural village like Cranleigh with only the High Street for traffic it will cause further gridlock in the village.  


The result is that businesses and people who rely on car trips will be affected by the reduced convenience and increased cost of car use, leading to a negative impact in the short-term.


Changes for Drivers and Motorcyclists - Changes for drivers and motorcyclists in our local transport plan - Surrey County Council (

Here the Council wants to reduce the number of parking spaces in town centres and increase parking charges to "put car travel on a more even footing with other more sustainable modes of transport in terms of cost per trip." Again, this is really not going to work for Cranleigh as there is no local transport links and limited busses. People need to use their cars in Cranleigh.

Further - the plan includes a review of parking measures so that there is:

  • A reduction in the amount of parking available in, or close to, town and village centres and relocating it to less central locations where park and ride will be available; (where is the park and ride in Cranleigh?!!)
  • increased parking charges with tariffs reflecting emissions impacts; and
  • the introduction of parking charges in new areas. 

Surrey County Council intend to close some streets, including town centres, to traffic and reduce speeds and car priority on other roads to further reduce car use and encourage the use of public transport and active modes of travel (such as cycling and walking) for local trips. This is why there will be materially less parking in the Village Way car park once the new Leisure centre is built. 


The plan also seeks to "Work with Businesses to Reduce Carbon Emissions" - Working with businesses to reduce carbon emissions in the local transport plan - Surrey County Council (

Larger organisations may be required to pay a fee for the number of petrol and diesel car parking spaces provided for their employees or students. The Workplace Parking Levy is a charge on employers and educational organisations for the number of parking spaces they provide that are regularly used by employees, students or others. The intention is to pass the charge on to employees, students and visitors, putting the parking resource on an even footing with paid public car parks.


Surrey County Council will be encouraging (although likely not paying for) businesses to change to electric delivery vehicles and will be recommending other low emission, greener delivery options:

  • Delivery hubs to centralise home deliveries: these will be local collection points at easily accessible locations to enable individuals to pick up their orders, reducing the number of short trips to lots of different properties. This will also help prevent the need for repeated trips to the same location when deliveries have been unsuccessful.
  • Use of e-cargo bikes: for the last leg of deliveries, these bikes can carry loads of up to 250 kilograms, compared with a typical van that carries 600 to 1000 kilograms. Businesses may find that the bikes' disadvantage of lower carrying capacity is outweighed by the advantages of flexibility, and far lower costs of purchase and operation. E-bikes could be used in combination with delivery hubs, for those requesting a home delivery.