Esher Link Road
|Esher Link Road|
|From:||Esher Common (TQ141623)|
|To:||Scilly Isles Junction (TQ150656)|
|Meets:||A3, A244, A307, A309|
|Route outline (key)|
The Esher Link Road was a planned connection between the A3 at Esher Common and the Scilly Isles Junction. It was conceived primarily due to the revised layout for Hook Junction that omitted southwest facing movements to and from the A3. Traffic travelling between Guildford and Hampton Court would continue driving though Esher or stay on the A3 to Tolworth Junction and turn back. Neither were ideal so a direct link was planned to relieve the centre of Esher which would still face high levels of through traffic.
The road would have traversed a wealthy area containing many large houses of high architectural value along with woodland and common land. It is hardly surprising that objections were plentiful and planning permission for the road was refused.
The road would have started from the northeast corner of the roundabout at Esher Common and head directly to the Scilly Isles. The road would have initially crossed over Hare Lane on a flyover but this was later changed to a cutting for aesthetic reasons. The only intermediate junction would have been a LILO at Littleworth Road/Oaken Lane. Littleworth Road would have had access to the northbound carriageway of the link road with no access to Oaken Lane. Oaken Lane would have had access to the link road's southbound carriageway. The road would have ended on a much enlarged Scilly Isles roundabout. An alternative would have seen the road continue on a flyover above the roundabout and flowing onto the A307 towards Guildford but this layout was not carried forward to the final design.
It would have been built to D2 standard throughout.