About the Kingston Station scheme
Elevating Kingston Town Centre’s transport hub
The Vision: To enhance the arrival experience into the centre of Kingston through a newly designed gateway at Kingston station. Displaying a regenerated new plaza, a new ‘riverlink’ pedestrian and cycle bridge, and secure modern cycle parking facilities this renewed space will cater for cylists and accommodate pedestrians in a safe and universally accessible way.
The project is designed to:
- improve links between the historic town centre, the Thames Path and north Kingston
- enhance the public spaces
- upgrade accessibility to the station
- improve road, pedestrian, and cycling safety
- and create a dedicated cycle hub and parking facility for over 200 bikes.
- public consultation - 20 June to 18 July 2016
- construction started - April 2017
- construction completed - spring 2021
What did the Kingston Station works involve?
- enhancing the forecourt area and providing a safer environment for all
- creating a better crossing point from the station to Fife Rd
- providing a new 250 space cycle storage facility which can be extended to meet future demand
- providing access to cycle repair, maintenance, hire and amenity facilities for commuters and visitors
- widening the cycle bridge west of the station from a shared 1.8m to a segregated 4m lane
- redefining the pedestrian and cycling link from the station to the River Thames in a well landscaped green environment including a wider bridge over Wood Street.
- introduction of new street trees and planting.
Is the programme only for cyclists?
All road users will benefit from the programme. In addition to improving cycling infrastructure, which will encourage cycling, reduce congestion and increase footfall to boost local business, we are making improvements to public spaces which will make Kingston a more enjoyable place to live, shop and visit.
What are the benefits of the project?
We are preparing the borough to deal with the transport demands of the forecast growth in population; offering increased transport choices that will make moving around Kingston easier, improving the quality of life for residents by establishing better and safer links between key locations; and creating opportunities to enjoy a healthier lifestyle, in a cleaner environment.
How will the scheme affect businesses?
We hope to attract new customers and increase business opportunity by improving the appearance of the borough. There is a growing body of evidence that shows people who cycle are more likely to support local businesses.