COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Getting around Kingston

As we begin to ease from lockdown we urge residents to remain mindful and cautious about travel by only making essential journeys.

When you do travel, please walk or cycle where possible in order to keep the roads clear for those who need to drive. Fewer cars on the road means reduced pollution and improved air quality for our borough, while evidence shows walking or cycling can improve health and wellbeing.

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 maximise streetspace and aid social distancing.

Temporary measures in place to support safe movement

New, temporary walking and cycling routes have been created in busy areas to help make public spaces safer and encourage social distancing, these are located in:

  • Clarence Street (Wilkos to Kingston Station)
  • Fairfield North (from the pedestrian crossing east of bus garage to Wheatfield Way)
  • Wheatfield Way (northbound side from College Roundabout to Ashdown Road)
  • Kingston Bridge
  • Worcester Park (under the railway bridge) 

Similar measures will be introduced in other locations across the borough in the coming weeks and this webpage will be updated with the latest news.

Let us know where you would like to see wider pavements or new cycleways in Kingston by adding it to the map on: www.widenmypath.com.

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. 

Maps and directions

Cycling routes (Go Cycle)

We have invested heavily in our 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. Details of all routes can be found at www.kingston.gov.uk/go.

Navigating our town centres safely

We are working closely with our local Business Improvement District (Kingston First) and other partners to prepare for the safe reopening of Kingston town centre, along with other high streets across the borough. We are 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 queing 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.

School streets

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.

Read more.

Public transport

Public transport should only be used for essential journeys and all commuters are advised to wear a face covering. 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).

Parking

Throughout the lockdown period, Kingston Council offered free use of its off-street car parks for key workers, these temporary permits will remain in effect until 30 June 2020.

To help ensure Kingston remains an accessible place to live, work and visit and to support town centre businesses, from 29 May 2020, the tariffs on council owned car parks (Bittoms, Cattle Market and The Rose) will be reduced by 50%, to help those with no alternative option but to drive into the town centre for work or to access services. 

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]