Multi-million pound investment to deliver road safety and environmental improvements in Kingston

The council‘s Environmental and Sustainable Transport Committee (11 February), has agreed to invest £4.72million to further improve the borough’s road and transport network.

Members of the committee gave the go-ahead to the next stage of the Kingston Local Implementation Plan (LIP) which is a £1.3 million funding grant from Transport for London (TfL) designed to reduce air pollution while creating safer roads and a more inclusive transport network that can be accessed by everyone.

Plans to invest a further £2 million for the roads and street lights maintenance for 2020-21 was also approved. Works include pavements and road maintenance, with the council also set to invest £440,000 for street light column replacement and £972,000 on new LED street lights.

Proposals to progress to the next stages of the Go Cycle programme, which involves the construction of the Kingston to New Malden Go Cycle scheme, were also given the green light. The new route will be a two-way segregated cycle track on the north side of Cambridge Road between London Road and Chatham Road, which links with London Road, and a one-way cycle lane on each side of Cambridge Road / Kingston Road between Hawks Road and Charnwood Close.

The committee also agreed to take forward residents’ suggestions following the council’s first-ever citizens’ assembly on air quality which took place at the end of last year and will now be considered as part of the borough’s Air Quality Action Plan. Some of the ideas included; prioritising changes to planning rules and enforcement to place indoor and outdoor air quality; urgent investment in greener and accessible transport and infrastructure; increase residents’ awareness of air pollution and encourage positive behaviour change as well as speed up the transition to sustainable vehicles.

Councillor Hilary Gander, portfolio holder with responsibility for Environment and Sustainable Transport, said:

“These key investments into the borough’s road network are a step in the right direction towards making our roads safer for all users and helping to encourage clean and environmentally sustainable forms of transport wherever we can.”

Read the committee papers.

Notes for editors:

The TfL funding is part of the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy (MTS) and the ongoing Healthy Streets campaign, which is encouraging people to walk, cycle and use public transport. The MTS aims to increase the percentage of trips made in London made by sustainable forms of transport to 80 per cent by 2041, which is significantly different to now where 36 per cent of trips are made by car.

The £32 million Go Cycle programme is funded by Transport for London (TfL) to improve transport infrastructure, promote sustainable travel and provide safer routes for cyclists.  Once complete, the Go Cycle network will provide crucial connectivity for cyclists across the borough.

The schemes adopt the latest insights in implementing a smarter, more sustainable ‘Healthy Streets’ approach to evolving Kingston’s transport infrastructure, bringing connectivity and a cleaner, lower emissions focus to ‘keeping people moving’ around Kingston town centre.