About New Malden to Raynes Park scheme
Off-road connectivity joining two London boroughs
This Go Cycle route opens up a green route to encourage walking and cycling between the London boroughs of Kingston and Merton.
“This isn’t just a new cycle route, it’s a fabulous new linear park for the community to enjoy!”
- Will Norman London's Commissioner for Walking & Cycling
- The new 1.2km walking and cycling path from New Malden to Raynes Park provides a direct and entirely traffic-free route between New Malden Railway Station and Raynes Park Recreation Ground. The path runs along Thames Water land, parallel to the railway line, passing under the A3 Kingston by-pass and avoiding busy or lengthy alternative routes.
- Off-road cycle and pedestrian route joins the boroughs of Merton and Kingston, while running alongside the railway between Raynes Park and New Malden stations.
- Improving journey times for cyclists and pedestrians - Journey times by bike from one end to the other take an average of 9 mins.
- Forming part of Kingston's Go Cycle network of routes, this scheme is one of the routes designed to create a 'healthy streets' environment, that improves people’s travelling experience, as they live and move around the borough.
- Running through a natural habitat, this unique route offers clearly marked lanes for cyclists and pedestrians away from road traffic, while enjoying a greener, quieter journey.
- Nature information boards featured along this route were created with the help of local school children - identifying local plants, trees and wildlife - and designed to encourage a commitment to biodiversity.
- Sustainable transport infrastructure - The New Malden to Raynes Park link is the fifth project to be completed as part of the Transport for London and the Mayor of London’s Mini Holland programme in Kingston.
We'd like to thank our partners in the development of this route. This initiative would not have been possible without the support of Transport for London, our sponsors and the funders of the entire Go Cycle programme, the collaboration of Thames Water upon whose land the route passes, and our neighbours in the London Borough of Merton.
We would also like to acknowledge the contributions from Sustrans who have advised on the design and development of the scheme since its inception, our construction partners Kier, and Network Rail for their cooperation while we delivered the project alongside the railway lines.
Finally, we'd like to recognise the advice and input received from the Community Brain/SHED X initiative and the Kingston Environment Centre in the development of the scheme.
July 13th 2019: Opening Day - with a public Family Fun Day
July 2019: Construction completed
September 2018: Construction commenced
November 2017: Kingston Council Residents Committee unanimously approved design and construction
June/July 2017: Public consultation and exhibitions
January 2016 - Spring 2018: Thames Water maintenance works
June 2015: Engagement with local residents
March 2015: Stakeholder and resident information events