Portsmouth Road opening
Major cycle and walking route officially opened in Kingston
Kingston Council has celebrated the completion of improvement works to Portsmouth Road and the Queen's Promenade as part of the Go Cycle scheme.
Over the past 15 months the council has been transforming the one mile stretch of road, as part of a £30 million investment by Transport for London and the Mayor of London to improve walking and cycling routes, and revitalise public spaces in the borough.
To mark the completion of the Portsmouth Road works and the arrival of spring the council hosted a Portsmouth Road family fun day in April 2017, with an official opening of the new scheme by Deputy Mayor for Transport Val Shawcross and Walking and Cycling Commissioner Will Norman.
Val Shawcross, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said:
"Portsmouth Road is a brilliant scheme. Whether you want to pop down to the river, walk around the local area, or cycle safely into the centre of Kingston, these improvements will benefit everyone. We must help Londoners become more active and healthy, and this is a great example of how we can improve the physical environment, while encouraging more Londoners to make walking and cycling a part of their everyday routine.
'We will continue to work closely with Kingston as they push ahead with their plans to get more people walking and cycling all across the borough."
Will Norman, London's first full-time Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said:
'It's wonderful that Kingston shares the ambition of me and the Mayor to make cycling a safer and easier option for residents across their borough.
"This fantastic new scheme not only links Surbiton and Kingston with a calm and safe cycle route, but also improves their iconic riverside for pedestrians too. Getting more people walking and cycling can really improve quality of life for everyone - improving our health, tackling poor air quality, and improving our high streets."
The day included guided bike rides, penny farthing displays, bike market and face painting.