Fountain Roundabout was one of a number of projects included in the Go Cycle Programme. It was being looked at to see how we could transform facilities for those travelling by bicycle and improve road safety and connectivity for all in New Malden.
Kingston Council puts resident engagement as a priority. At full council in October 2016 the council decided that while the proposal for the Fountain Roundabout was fundamentally a good scheme, there had been significant feedback from local residents who were not supportive of changes to the roundabout.
As a consequence the council voted unanimously to not implement the Go Cycle proposal for Fountain roundabout and the scheme is no longer being progressed.The council continues to support the aims of the Go Cycle programme as whole to help change the way people travel around Kingston.
A public consultation took place between 20 June and 18 July on our proposals for the Fountain Roundabout.
The response to the consultation was high, with 987 people taking time to feedback their views.
As part of the Fountain Roundabout Go Cycle consultation, 3,623 consultation papers and 1,899 letters were sent to addresses surrounding the roundabout. A further 1,000 copies were distributed via the pop-up shop, drop ins and the library.
The following proposals were consulted on:
- convert Fountain roundabout into a signalled crossroads junction to improve the safety for all users
- provide safe controlled pedestrian and cycle crossings on all four arms of the junction to provide safer and more direct routes through the junction
- create a new enlarged area of public space adjacent to Kingston Environment Centre in collaboration with regeneration stakeholders with the opportunity for additional trees, a new location for a fountain feature, more cycle parking, and possible commercial opportunities such as kiosks.
- shared space for cyclists and pedestrians.
- increase pavement space and improve accessibility to bus stops.
- ban the right turn from Malden Road onto Burlington Road, except for buses
The consultation responses were:
- 48% of respondents supported the proposals
- 46% of respondents opposed the proposals
- 5% of respondents were neutral
- 1% of respondents stated "don't know".
- The views expressed by residents and key stakeholders played an important role in shaping the proposals for Fountain Roundabout.
- A petition with 576 signatures was presented to Council in July 2016 against the Fountain Roundabout scheme.
- In October 2016 the council decided that while the proposal for the Fountain Roundabout was fundamentally a good scheme, there had been significant feedback from local residents who were not supportive of changes to the roundabout.
- As a consequence the council voted unanimously to not implement the current proposal for Fountain roundabout.
- It is unlikely that there will be another scheme for Fountain Roundabout that sufficiently satisfies safety concerns, as well as the criteria of the Transport for London (TfL) Mini-Holland funding. However, we will consider other options in the future, subject to TfL funding.