Frequently asked questions
FAQs - Penrhyn Road Section
How will the cycle lanes improve cycling along Penrhyn Road?
Providing clearly identifiable and dedicated cycle lanes separated from motor traffic will help cyclists travelling to and from Kingston Town Centre, and improve their safety on the main road heading towards Tolworth.
Where will the cycle lanes be located?
The cycle lanes will be two-way and run on one dedicated track along the east side of Penrhyn Road between College Roundabout and the junction of Southsea Road and Surbiton Road. The cycle lanes will then transfer to the west side of Surbiton Road and continue south until Surbiton Crescent, where they will turn in to Surbiton Crescent. Cyclists can then join the Surbiton to Kingston scheme.
What cycle route should I take to avoid the works on Penrhyn Road?
Cyclists travelling south from Kingston Town Centre towards Surbiton are advised to use the crossing at Brook Street, and travel through Palmer Crescent, Grange Road over the blue bridge into Springfield Road, turn right into Grove Lane, and then left into Fassett Road. To rejoin the A240, turn right into Beaufort Road.
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 traffic.
What will be the impact on motorists, buses, and other motor vehicles travelling along the A240?
The design of the road space will allow vehicles to continue to travel along the length of the road. 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 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 redirection of traffic on roads connecting with Penrhyn Road/Surbiton Road as works progress, but we will manage any diversions and inform residents/business owners when necessary.
Will I still be able to use the road while works are underway?
Yes, the road will remain open although there will be minor disruption as lanes are occasionally and temporarily closed, and the road space is reconfigured to accommodate the cycle lanes and install new fixtures and crossings.
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.
How will this affect the construction work at Kingston University?
We are in discussion with Kingston University and their construction partners to ensure smooth coordination of works, and access to construction sites of plant, supplies, and personnel. This will ensure that residents and road users will experience minimum disruption, and avoid unnecessary clash of construction schedules and activity.
Will I be able to access Kingston University?
Yes, you should be able access the University premises easily. You may encounter some redirection on pedestrian footways as the construction works progress next to the university premises and neighbouring roads.
Will I be able to access Kingston College?
Yes, access to Kingston College will remain unhindered. Visitors and students travelling from Surbiton by road may encounter delays at peak periods.
Will this affect access to Kingston Crown Court?
Access, hearings, and activity should remain unaffected by the construction works. There may be slight traffic delays at peak times, when temporary traffic management measures are in place, so visitors travelling to Kingston Crown Court by road are advised to allow extra time for their journey. The Bittoms Car Park will remain open and accessible.
Will shops, restaurants, and business located along Penrhyn Road and Surbiton Road remain open throughout this period?
Shops, businesses, and restaurants will remain open and 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.
What happens to the cycle lanes at bus stops?
There are short areas of 'shared use' at bus stops where bus users will be getting on and dismounting from buses. This type of layout has been successfully used in other parts of the UK and in Europe. Cyclists are expected to make safe and sensible allowance for bus passengers at bus stops. We will closely monitor the use and impacts of the bus stop layouts on all users.
Will there be other areas along the route that will have ‘shared use’ for cyclists and pedestrians?
Yes, there will be ‘shared use’ space at the pedestrian crossings.
Will the number of bus stops remain the same before and after the construction activity?
There will be a small adjustment to the provision of bus stops. The bus stops located outside the Surrey County Council offices (catering for buses travelling north into Kingston town centre), will be relocated from outside County Hall to Woodbines Avenue. Passengers will be able to board/alight from buses at alternative existing bus stops, Woodbines Avenue or outside the Crown Court near College Roundabout - approximately 150m either side of the Surrey County Council buildings.
When will the route be complete?
The route is planned to be completed by early 2020.
Will cyclists have to use the new dedicated cycle lanes?
We encourage cyclists to use the new dedicated segregated cycle lanes as they have been purposely designed to improve safety. The new Penrhyn Road cycle lanes will join the Wheatfield Way scheme at College Roundabout and connect to other Go Cycle schemes and cycle routes in Kingston town centre, ensuring smooth, easy connectivity. Travelling away from Kingston, the route will connect with the Surbiton to Kingston scheme and reconnect with the Ewell Road Section of the Kingston to Tolworth scheme (scheduled to commence construction in 2019/20), that will extend as far as Tolworth Broadway.
It’s worth noting, however, that cyclists are legally entitled to use the road, and more confident cyclists may therefore choose to remain on the carriageway.