Ash Road Bridge

At Ash Road in Surrey, VolkerFitzpatrick has been appointed to design and build a much-needed highway crossing over a rail line on behalf of Guildford Borough Council.

The £19m Ash Road Bridge project will allow the closure of a level crossing on the A323 Guildford Road that has been assessed by Network Rail as posing a safety risk. Construction of the new bridge and retiring of the level crossing is in preparation for “enhanced rail use on the North Downs line”.

The new bridge will also reduce congestion in the area and unlock housing development outlined in the local plan. The scheme has therefore been able to benefit from a substantial Housing Infrastructure Fund grant secured from the government.

Currently, the Ash Level Crossing is closed for up to 25 minutes out of every hour, leading to significant traffic delays which are likely to get worse once more frequent services are introduced along the train line. Other stated benefits to the bridge include safer crossings for pedestrians and cyclists.

As well as the construction of a new bridge, VolkerFitzpatrick will be delivering new approach roads, new junctions and altering existing roads to connect to the bridge. The installation of street lighting, landscaping, fencing, drainage and ponds will also be included in the project.

Current project updates can be found here.

I am pleased to say that work on the Ash Road Bridge project has begun, and will support new housing in the area and improve safety for road and rail users. It will also significantly reduce traffic congestion on the A323, help to improve air quality and rat-running.

Cllr Tom Hunt Deputy Leader and Lead Councillor for Regeneration


Social Value

VolkerFitzpatrick will provide employment opportunities over the course of the project. As well as working with supply chain contractors from the surrounding area, they will engage with local educational establishments and provide a number of apprenticeship placements.

In March 2024, the site team welcomed 40, year 10 students from Ash Manor Secondary School for a site tour. This involved a presentation, giving them an inside look at the project, as well as discussing the variety of career paths available in the construction industry. The toured the site from a secure viewing area, allowing them to observe ongoing construction activities firsthand. They had the chance to ask questions and engage in discussions about the various roles essential for project completion.

In May 2024, residents were invited to watch the installation of the new bridge beams being lifted in to place. Further resident initiatives include giving residents the chance to name the bridge and a large donation to support the opening of a youth community centre.