A second major improvement programme in Kingston town centre, and the fourth in the Go Cycle programme, is set to commence as part of a £30 million investment in sustainable travel by TfL.
The Go Cycle programme aims to create new walking and cycling routes across Kingston and improve road safety, upgrade public spaces and relieve the pressures on the borough’s transport network.
Work has already commenced around Kingston Station to transform the forecourt area and improve walking and cycling links to the river and historic town centre. The Kingston Station scheme recently won a New London Architecture Award in recognition of it being a project designed to improve the health and wellbeing of Londoners.
In the coming weeks, work will begin on the first phase of the Wheatfield Way Go Cycle scheme, which will involve the construction of a two-way segregated cycle lane on Clarence St and improvements to footpaths.
The Wheatfield Way scheme will involve several phases of work stretching from Clarence Street to College Roundabout.
Construction works on the Kingston Station and Wheatfield Way projects will be co-ordinated to minimise impact on residents and businesses as they progress through to late 2018.
In late October, some work will be undertaken 24/7 to help expedite construction, including carriageway works outside Kingston Station during the school holidays. All efforts will be made to ensure that noisy operations are kept to a minimum.
Deputy leader and portfolio holder for the Go Cycle programme Councillor Terry Paton said: “The commencement of the next phase of works in Kingston town centre marks the next step in making our borough more sustainable. With the completion of Portsmouth Road and St Mark’s Hill routes, we are steadily growing the network for cycling and walking and providing real alternatives for the way people travel around the borough.
“As with any construction programme, there will be some disruption, but we will aim to keep any impact to a minimum. The long-term benefits of the Go Cycle investment and regeneration is already being seen at Portsmouth Road where local residents and visitors can enjoy improved public spaces.”
Member Officer Board Councillor Hilary Gander said: “The Go Cycle schemes marks a real effort to help change the way people travel in Kingston. We aim to to enhance a key transport gateway in the borough by providing new and improved crossings and safer cycling lanes.”
Ben Plowden, TfL’s Director of Surface Strategy and Planning, said:“We’re proud to support Kingston’s efforts to transform the area around the station into a more attractive, accessible and people-friendly environment as part of our commitment to make streets in London healthier for pedestrians and cyclists.
“The successful delivery of the Portsmouth Road scheme is hugely positive and the upcoming work in Kingston town centre will continue to promote walking and cycling in the area, improving the health of residents, cutting pollution and easing congestion.”