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Opening of New Malden to Raynes Park Cycle Route - 13 July 2019
Will Norman, London’s Commissioner for Walking & Cycling, was joined by schoolchildren, Cllr Hilary Gander (Portfolio Holder for Environment & Sustainable Transport), Cllr Martin Whelton (Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Housing and Transport, LB Merton) and the Mayors of RB Kingston and LB Merton to open the new landmark New Malden to Raynes Park Go Cycle route.
People of all ages converged halfway along the new 1.2km cycling and walking route - arriving by foot, cycles, scooters and electrically-assisted passenger cargo bikes - from both New Malden and Raynes Park, and via a new link joining the reopened Alric Avenue/Dukes Avenue footbridge.
Children from Christ Church Primary and West Wimbledon Primary schools cycled from both ends of the route to greet Will Norman and showcase their contribution in the creation of new nature information boards.
Will enthusiastically welcomed the new route with the words: “This isn’t just a new cycle route, it’s a fabulous new linear park for the community to enjoy!”
Commenting on the transformation of the whole area, and the major change from when first introduced to the water-logged, overgrown site only the previous year, he highlighted the huge impact the new route will bring to the communities as residents will be able to travel easily between Kingston and Merton boroughs, away from the road through a natural, quiet, cycling and walking-friendly space.
Will admitted to looking forward to the opening, and praised the uniqueness and connectivity the New Malden to Raynes Park Go Cycle route will bring to both communities over the long-term - a demonstration of worthwhile investment by Transport for London in a truly sustainable section of London’s transport infrastructure.