This page contains information about changes to walking and cycle routes, new school streets, public transport and parking. You can find more information and support on the main COVID-19 page.
As we begin to ease from lockdown we urge residents to remain mindful and cautious about travel by only making essential journeys.
When you do travel, please walk or cycle where possible to keep the roads clear for those who need to drive. Fewer cars on the road means reduced pollution and improved air quality for our borough, while evidence shows walking or cycling can improve health and wellbeing.
During COVID-19, we remain fully committed to our sustainable travel agenda and are urgently looking at more ways to adapt our programme of cycle and pedestrian improvements to maximise streetspace and aid social distancing.
Temporary measures in place to support safe movement
A range of measures have been introduced in busy areas to help make public spaces safer and encourage social distancing.
On Monday 29 June, Eden Street in Kingston town centre, one of the highest footfall areas in the borough, became a one way road to all traffic (including buses). The lane going towards Hook, Chessington and Tolworth has now been suspended and changed into a temporary pathway, to help keep shoppers safe.
The bus stops outside McDonalds serving routes towards Hook, Chessington, Esher, Tolworth and Epsom (65,71,281,406,418, K2, K3 and N65) have been removed. Please use the nearby stops on Brook Street instead. The bus stops on the opposite side of the road (towards Kingston Station) continue to operate as normal. Delivery vehicles that need to enter Neville House car park can access Eden Street via Lady Booth Road (please follow the signage in place).
New, temporary walking and cycling routes
Clarence Street (Wilkos to Kingston Station)
Fairfield North (from the pedestrian crossing east of bus garage to Wheatfield Way)
Worcester Park (under the railway bridge)
Similar measures will be introduced in other locations across the borough in the coming weeks and this webpage will be updated with the latest news.
To coincide with the phased reopening of primary schools, we have introduced three new temporary school streets in the borough:
St Paul's Primary School - Alexandra Road, North Kingston
Alexandra Primary School - Princes Road, North Kingston
Castle Hill Primary School - Buckland Road, Chessington
We have been trialling a school street for Lovelace Primary School in Mansfield Road, Chessington since October 2019 and this will also remain in place.
School streets close the roads outside schools to motor traffic during drop off and pick up times, creating a pedestrian and cycle only zone. The additional space will enable social distancing while waiting, walking, cycling and scooting, as well as reducing road danger and improving air quality.
All temporary measures are under ongoing review with changes being made in light of feedback received. We want to know what you think of the changes so far and where else you would like to see social distancing measures introduced. Have your say at: kingstonletstalk.co.uk/makingspace.
Residents are encouraged to explore the many beautiful walking routes in Kingston. Please remember to remain 2 metres apart from others at all times.
Cycling routes (Go Cycle)
We have invested heavily in our Go Cycle network to help provide a network of safe routes for cyclists across large parts of the borough, which also provide improvements for pedestrians.
The Council has successfully lobbied Transport for London (TfL) for £2 million in order to complete work on existing Go Cycle projects including Kingston Vale, Ewell Road, Kingston River Link and Kingston Hub schemes.
Details of all routes can be found on our Go Cycle page.
For information on local bike services, including Dr Bike safety checks and 'Try Before You Bike' view our cycling during the Covid crisis.
Navigating our town centres safely
We have worked closely with our local Business Improvement District (Kingston First) and other partners to safely reopen Kingston town centre, along with other high streets across the borough, working with all businesses to put measures in place to protect everyone who comes into our town centres and enable social distancing.
Please remember to maintain 2 metres apart from others while queuing outside shops, with new safety measures in place, things may take a little longer than usual, please be patient and kind as we continue to support one another through COVID-19.
Public transport should only be used for essential journeys and from 15 June all commuters must wear a face covering (children under the age of 11, disabled people and those with certain health conditions are exempt - read more).
When waiting for a bus, please queue 2 metres apart and be mindful of pedestrians.
If you need to make a journey via public transport, you can find the latest advice and guidance from Transport for London (TfL).
Throughout the lockdown period, Kingston Council offered free use of its off-street car parks for key workers, these temporary permits have been extended to certain sectors until 31 July 2020. Further details regarding this can be found on our parking pages.
To help ensure Kingston remains an accessible place to live, work and visit and to support town centre businesses, from 29 May 2020, the tariffs on council owned car parks (Bittoms, Cattle Market and The Rose) will be reduced by 50%, to help those with no alternative option but to drive into the town centre for work or to access services.
Read more on our parking pages.
If you have any further suggestions of how we could improve our streets please get in touch with us at: [email protected].