The cut-through was very handy for residents of Thursley to reach their nearest shops, schools (2), doctor surgeries (2) and train station. It not only saved time and therefore fuel, it was also, ironically, safer! Fewer miles, much less traffic. All we had to do was wait until there was a safe gap in the traffic, and then jump across the opposite carriageway into Lea Coach Road.
Thankfully we can still join the A3 Southbound at the junction with Lea Coach Road although there has been worrying talk of closing that too. The expense and interference with traffic while they were closing the junction was huge. Here's a video I made of the nonsense at the time: