Seven things that would really improve Guildford for its residents 

Guildford is the ‘capital’ of Surrey, home to Guilford Cathedral, Guildford Castle, the University of Surrey, and a vibrant arts and culture scene.

The town backs onto the Surrey Hills but is also a mere 40-minute train journey away from the centre of London.

At first glance, Guildford is an incredible place to live with lots to offer. We take a look at some of the things that would improve the town for its residents.

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Revamping and relocating the clubs

Casino was voted one of the top 10 most tragic clubs in the UK a few years ago by The Tab. The Tab also said it was one of the best worst nightclubs in the UK.

Guildford’s nightlife is notoriously tragic but it’s also not ideally located. All of the top clubs and the big Spoons are located on the confusing one-way system so clubbers spill out onto a busy road.

Improving the quality of Guildford’s clubs and moving them away from this stretch of road would make for a safer night out and make the town centre more attractive.

Sorting out the one-way system

Guildford’s one-way system is stressful for even those who use it regularly.

Whether you are learning to drive or visiting Guildford for the first time, chances are you’ll choose the wrong lane if you have to use the one-way system, and the Guildford residents who use the road daily will honk their horns at you or refuse to let you change lanes.

The one-way system connects all the different parts of Guildford, making it an essential and busy stretch of road which should really be simplified.

Making the underpass under the roundabout connecting the A322 and A246 more inviting

This roundabout is just outside the centre of town and pretty busy. The underpass is the only way to cross the road at the roundabout but is poorly lit and often smells of urine.

With the police station, courts, Waitrose, and residential areas nearby, the underpass should really be more inviting to make it safer for those using it in the dark.

Improved cycle lanes outside the centre

Outside of Guildford, cycle lanes peter out as roads turn into lanes. Many are ridden with potholes which mean cyclists have to use the road anyway.

As Surrey is a popular cycling country, there should be a more extensive and maintained network of cycle lanes for the safety of the cyclists and to prevent cars being held up behind these cyclists.

Cheaper public transport

Taking the bus in Guildford is expensive and many people are put off using the bus by the price. The buses are also irregular and not frequent enough.

A distance which would be a 30-minute walk could cost you over £3 for a return.

Generally lowering prices

As a whole, Guildford is a pretty expensive place to live.

The shops on the high street are constantly changing and increasingly turning into luxury shops due to high costs.

Housing prices are high, public transport is expensive, and even a beer in the pub is rarely less than £4.

This all makes Guildford pretty unaffordable and a difficult place to live, especially for young people.

Bringing in more interesting events

With the University of Surrey in the town and Guildford being the main hub for the county’s young people, there really should be more events targeted at that generation.

It’s expected people will just take the 30-minute train into London, but this is an expensive option to reach quality nightlife and other events. Having more to offer within the town itself would benefit all generations.

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