A resident living near the M25 and M23 says he fears a £3.8m improvement project for the A23 is going to have a “negative impact” on pollution and pedestrians.
Highways England is proposing a widening scheme of Brighton Road in Hooley saying the work is necessary in a bid to reduce accidents and congestion and improve the traffic flow on the road it calls a “strategic route” between Brighton and London.
On Monday Ian Thirlwall from Hooley told Reigate and Banstead and Surrey County Council Local Committee residents were concerned about the impact on air pollution with the widening of the road increasing traffic.
He also said proposals to build on the verges and pavements would put pedestrians and cyclists within “brushing distance” of traffic.
Hooley has been designated an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA).
A Highways England spokesman said: “We are aware of strong local feelings in relation to our plans for improving the A23 through Hooley, and we have worked hard to balance the views and opinions of the local residents with the needs of the 35,000 people using this strategic route each day."
A decision whether to go ahead with the scheme will be made in July. If agreed, construction work is expected to start in the summer and to be completed by spring 2020.