The COVID-19 pandemic has created new road safety challenges in Kingston. We want to make it easier and safer for people to walk and cycle locally, shop on their local high street, reach their local green spaces, schools and NHS sites, all while maintaining physical distancing.
We have responded to these challenges quickly and introduced a series of temporary measures across the borough to maximise streetspace and aid social distancing.
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 support active travel.
Please continue to walk or cycle where possible, this will help keep the roads clear for those who need to drive, whilst boosting your own physical and mental wellbeing.
Temporary streetspace 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, with a segregated cycle lane to help keep shoppers and cyclists 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)
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.
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods
- Surbiton - King Charles Road
- Kingston Town - Albert Road
- Kingston Town - Lower Ham Road
Low traffic neighbourhoods are groups of residential streets, bordered by main roads, where ‘through’ motor vehicle traffic is discouraged or removed. Modal filters (barriers that are permeable to pedestrians and cyclists), are strategically placed to prevent vehicle access on select roads to stop motorists using the area as a cut-through.
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 award-winning 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.
All commuters who can, must now 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).
Transport for London (TfL) have recently launched an app for Apple devices to help customers plan their journeys, including information on how to avoid peak times and routes to help with social distancing. The app can be downloaded here. An Android version will be released this autumn.
Throughout the lockdown period, Kingston Council provided parking permits for our Key Workers to support the community. Arrangements for these temporary permits will remain in place for those in Health & Social Care functions until 31st December 2020. All key worker permits previously issued to other sectors have now expired. All permit holders have been notified of their expiry date.
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].