Getting around Kingston safely

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. 

School streets

  • St Paul's Primary School - Alexandra Road, North Kingston
  • Alexandra Primary School - Princes Road, North Kingston
  • Castle Hill Primary School - Buckland Road, Chessington
  • Lovelace Primary School in Mansfield Road, Chessington (since October 2019) 

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.

More information on school streets.

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

  • King Charles Road, Surbiton
  • Albert Road, Kingston Town
  • Lower Ham Road, Kingston Town

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 short cut.

More information on Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.

Walking routes

Residents are encouraged to explore the many beautiful walking routes in Kingston. Please remember to remain 2 metres apart from others at all times. 

Local trail routes

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

There is free cycle training available for adults and families.

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

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 - find out more on the keep safe website.

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. You can downloaded the IOS TFL app. 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 Blue light services, Public sector staff and partners, Health & Social Care functions until 30th June 2021. All key worker permits previously issued to other sectors have now expired. 

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].

Last Modified: 23/03/2021 14:03:24