Kingston to Tolworth
About the Kingston to Tolworth scheme
The Penrhyn Road section of the Kingston to Tolworth scheme commenced construction in January 2019, and was completed in 2020. This section runs from Surbiton Road to College Roundabout, where it joins the Wheatfield Way scheme. Approval to undertake the detailed design and construction of the Penrhyn Road section was granted by the council's Residents Committee in June 2017.
The Ewell Road section between Tolworth Broadway and the Surbiton Hill Road / St Mark’s Hill / Lamberts Road junction commenced in January 2020. Approval to undertake the detailed design and construction of the Ewell Road section was granted by the council's approval Environment & Sustainable Transport Committee in November 2018.
The Kingston to Tolworth scheme provides:
- improved cycling facilities through separation from traffic on busy roads
- improved safety for bicycle riders - with junctions designed to give greater visibility and navigation for cyclists through intersections
- better access and crossing provision for pedestrians
- loading / unloading bays for businesses.
Ewell Road FAQs - design
How will the cycle lanes improve cycling along Ewell Road?
Providing clearly identifiable and dedicated and safe cycleways, separated from the heavy flow of motor traffic, will help cyclists travelling between Kingston Town Centre and Tolworth. The Cycleway will be part of route C29 and will appear on Transport for London's maps and route planners.
Where will the cycle lanes be located?
For the most part the cycleways will be on both sides of the road in the same direction as general traffic. However, there will be a short section of two-way cycleway on the west side of Ewell Rd between Berrylands Road and St. Mark's Hill. The purpose of this section is to provide a more convenient connection to the ongoing C29 route in Avenue Elmers, part of the Surbiton to Kingston scheme..
Will there be enough room to accommodate cyclists, road users, and pedestrians?
Yes, the road space on the carriageway and allowances for the cycle lanes and pedestrians has been designed to accommodate all users and existing traffic.
What will be the impact on motorists, buses, and other motor vehicles travelling along the A240?
The A240 is one of London's strategic main roads with high bus frequency and it is important to keep this traffic moving smoothly. Transport for London has a statutory traffic management role for Ewell Road and has approved the proposals. Providing dedicated separated lanes for cyclists will help reduce the number of cyclists on the road carriageway used by cars, buses and other vehicles.
Will motor vehicles travelling in opposite directions be able to safely pass each other?
Yes. There will be sufficient width for large vehicles to pass each other.
What happens to the cycleways at bus stops?
Where there is sufficient road width, 'floating' bus stops will be provided where the cycleway is positioned behind the the bus stop waiting area. Where road width is constrained there will be short sections of 'shared use' at bus stops for both cyclists and bus passengers to use the same space. This type of layout has been successfully used in other parts of the UK and in Europe and is increasingly being used across London and there are established design techniques and signs to ensure these operate safely.
Will there be any changes to the parking, loading and waiting restructions?
Yes, in order to accommodate the new cycleways there need to be changes along the route. However, kerbside parking and loading facilities are included, especially in the sections of shops and small businesses.
Will you be carrying out work on Tolworth Broadway?
No, this section is outside of the scope of these works.
Will there be other areas along the route that will have ‘shared use’ for cyclists and pedestrians?
Yes, there will short sections of ‘shared use’ space at some of the pedestrian crossings. This is in line with the cycleway schemes already introduced on the C29 route such as Penrhyn Rd and Wheatfield Way.
Will the number of bus stops remain the same before and after the construction activity?
Will cyclists have to use the new dedicated cycle lanes?
We encourage cyclists to use the new dedicated segregated cycleway as they have been purposely designed to improve safety. The new Ewell Road cycleways will complete the C29 route which will then extend from Tolworth Broadway to Kingston Station, with connections to other routes on the Go Cycle network. However, cyclists are legally entitled to use the road, and more confident cyclists may therefore choose to remain on the carriageway.
Ewell Road FAQs - construction
Will I still be able to access my home/property/business?
Yes, we will ensure that access will be maintained at all times. There will be temporary diversions of traffic on roads connecting with Ewell Road as works progress, but these will be clearly signed and we will inform residents/business owners in advance as needed.
Will I still be able to use the road while works are underway?
Yes, the road will remain open although there will be some disruption as lanes are occasionally and temporarily closed while the road space is reconfigured to accommodate the cycleways and associated infrastructure.
Will shops, restaurants, and business located along Ewell Road remain accessible throughout the construction period?
Shops, businesses, and restaurants will remain accessible as usual. Any changes to opening times, services available, or accessibility will be solely due to the decision of the proprietor or business owner.
Will buses continue to run along their existing routes during the works?
Yes, but some bus stops will be temporarily closed or relocated as works progress.
When will the works be complete?
The route is expected to be completed by early 2022.