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This website is designed for all residents of Box Hill as a source of information about life in this area of outstanding natural beauty. It will also be useful to anyone who would like to visit this part of Surrey or is thinking of moving to the area.
 
 
 
CLOSURE OF BOX HILL ROAD - 12th August for 2 weeks
 
Sutton and East Surrey Water (SESW) require to carry out repair works to a major feeder mains pipe which serves the Reigate area with fresh water supplies. This pipe is currently leaking with a potential to affect customer supplies and requires attention to eliminate a loss of supply risk.
 
A deep single excavation is required in the carriageway adjacent to Headley Reservoir. This is approximately 300 metres south of junctionHeadley Road. It is necessary to close the road whilst the works are in progress. - There will be no vehicular acc ess past the works site. Works are planned to commence on the 12th of August for two weeks.This allows for the Ride 100 cycle event whilst utilising the school summer vacation period. Extended hours and weekend working will be used to expedite the duration of the project.  To enable local access during the closure period, the Zig Zag Road will be used but subject to a weight restriction of 7.5 tonnes.

Emergency Services:  David Preedy, our local councillor,  is talking to the emergency services on how they propose to ensure cover for the village and we should receive update later this week.
 
Bus service:Bus service 516 will be unable to serve Boxhill Village.However it will continue to operate: Epsom-Leatherhead-Headley-Pebblecombe-Dorking to a revised timetable.Surrey County Council has arranged a temporary shuttle bus from Boxhill Village to Dorking and Leatherhead, running via the Zig-Zag Road. The timetable will be operated by Buses 4U (tel 01833 732791)Through Boxhill Village it will pick up and set down as required between The Tree public house (formerly The Hand in Hand) and the National Trust Visitor Centre.   Surrey County Council and Buses Excetera apologise for any inconvenience caused by circumstances beyond their control. Shuttle service http://www.boxhillcommunity.com/download.php?view.38Temporary 516 servivce: http://www.boxhillcommunity.com/download.php?view.39 Waste collection: Mole Valley has tested and found that its normal vehicles cannot use the Zig-zag. They are hiring smaller vehicles so that they can maintain collections. However they cannot guarantee they will manage all collections on the normal day. They ask you to leave your bin out on the normal day and keep it out until they empty it. They are suspending garden waste collections for the period of closure but will collect any additional materials left out when normal collections resume. MVDC will shortly be sending a letter to all residents explaining the arrangements.
Cyclists:  David Preedy has been advising cycling groups of the closure and suggest that they avoid the area as the Zig-zag will be more congested. The National Trust were approached and asked if they would consider banning cyclists during this period.  The National Trust has advised that they do not have the means to prevent cyclists using the Zig Zag Road. 
 
Pedestrian, equine and cyclist access will be assessed when the full extent of the excavation is known and may be restricted at times.
 
Deliveries:  The Water Company should by now have contacted local businesses to ensure that they can make arrangements for continuity of their supplies. We are not sure whether other delivery organisations – supermarkets, Internet order deliveries, etc – are aware of this closure.  If you are expecting deliveries it may be worthwhile checking with the delivery company.
 
Diversion route: In your information pack, you will have seen the map proposing Headley Lane/Lodgebottom Rd as the signed diversion route. Any of you who use that road regularly will know how unsuitable it is. David Preedy has asked for the diversion route to be changed to go down Pebblecombe Hill, along the A25 to Dorking and along the A24 to the Burford Bridge.  He is hopeful that this change will be made.
 
Secure parking off the hill: David Preedy is aware that some people may have long vehicles (eg horse boxes, caravans) that cannot safely use the Zig-zag. If you need secure parking off the hill for such a vehicle that you need to use while the road is closed, please get in touch with David as soon as possible (david.preedy@talktalk.net). The Water Company have told David that they might be able to make some provision for this, but we obviously need to move quickly to confirm arrangements and to get such vehicles off the Hill before the main road is closed.
 
  
RIDE LONDON 10TH AUGUST

This will take place on Sunday 10th August.  The BHNC have approached the organisers of Ride London who have agreed that the Village hall will again be made an official ‘Cycle Food and Drink Stop’.  This will mean we will feature on all the official documentation sent to riders. All the profits raised will go to the BHNC to help support our village.  We hope you will come along and enjoy a drink  -  tea / coffee, homemade cakes and freshly made sandwiches.

Prudential RideLondon is a multi-award winning world-class festival of cycling developed by the Mayor of London, London & Partners and Transport for London in partnership with Surrey County Council. The event is managed by the London & Surrey Cycling Partnership. The Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling was a huge success in 2013, becoming the biggest inaugural mass participation sports event in the world and raising more than £7 million for charity.
 


Keeping You Informed
 
Please REGISTER on this site to take advantage of all our system offers including free advertising, member discussion forums and latest news updates. All information is strictly confidential and will never be passed on to a third party. Please read our privacy policy. Box Hill This area of Surrey has many things to offer apart from living near to nature. There is a strong sense of village community life which sadly these days is forgotten. At the same time it is a haven for those who wish to lead a peaceful life. Box Hill overlooks the Mole Gap where the River Mole breaks through the line of the North Downs, and gives its name to a scattered village high on the Downs. It is the scene of the famous picnic in Jane Austen's "Emma".
 
 
Box Hill has long been a popular picnic spot as one of the finest areas of woodland and chalk downland so close to London. The top is accessible by road, and has a National Trust car park, information centre and refreshment kiosk.

Walkers prefer to reach the summit under their own power, starting from Burford Bridge or Westhumble. There is a viewpoint at the top with excellent views towards the South Downs, and behind it an open area called Donkey Green that is popular with families.The hill has three major ridges running North-West with deep valleys between them: Juniper Top, Lodge Hill and The Whites. These all have fine views over the Mickleham Downs and Denbies Vineyard. Long and short walks are described in leaflets available from the NT shop, and are well waymarked, which is helpful as the many ways through the woods can be quite confusing without a map. Keen ramblers can take longer walks via the ridges to Mickleham or Headley, where there are pubs for lunch.


Box Hill is used by countless cyclists every weekend as a training ground and while there is nothing too taxing about a circuit, it’s actually much harder to ride clockwise than in the anti-clockwise direction, it does provide for all the basic skills in using your gears, developing good bike control in a fast descent and learning to 'read the road' to prepare yourself for some of the sudden turns. As an added bonus, there’s a superb National Trust tea shop at the top of the Zig Zag section!

There's plenty of parking at the top opposite the tea shop, £3 buys you a whole day, and once you've done the loop there's a whole world of climbing in the Surrey Hills right on your doorstep with White Down, Ranmoor and Leith Hill all within just a few minutes ride.

Box Hill is one of the safest places to live in Surrey. We hope you will find it useful, but we welcome your comments and suggestions on how we can improve the site. Just email us via the Contact us tab.

This website is designed and maintained entirely by volunteers for the benefit of the Box Hill Community.
 
Due to the closure of Boxhill Road Sutton & East Surrey PLC, bus service 516 will be unable to serve Boxhill Village.However it will continue to operate: Epsom-Leatherhead-Headley-Pebblecombe-Dorking to a revised timetable.Surrey County Council has arranged a temporary shuttle bus from Boxhill Village to Dorking and Leatherhead, running via the Zig-Zag Road. The timetable is below and will be operated by Buses 4U (tel 01833 732791)Through Boxhill Village it will pick up and set down as required between The Tree public house (formerly The Hand in Hand) and the National Trust Visitor Centre.   Surrey County Council and Buses Excetera apologise for any inconvenience caused by circumstances beyond their control. 

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