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Kingston Council to introduce measures to help make public spaces safer

Today, the council announced it is planning to make a number of changes to road and pavement layouts across the borough in order to help make public spaces safer.

These measures will be delivered as part of London’s ‘Streetscape programme’ designed to enable changes to travel patterns in London, aid social distancing and help movement over the next few months as we ease from lockdown.

With public transport capacity restricted, these new measures will maximise safe opportunities for people to make journeys by foot or cycle rather than by car as well as help people maintain social distancing in busy areas.

The council is currently considering a number of short, medium and long term proposals, including: the creation of temporary protected walking and cycle lanes, speed reductions on hotspot roads and the introduction of barriers on residential roads to stop rat running and encourage walking and cycling.

Councillor Hilary Gander, Portfolio Holder for Environment & Sustainable Transport at Kingston Council said:

“The health and safety of our residents remains our number one priority in Kingston and we are committed to doing everything we can to protect them during this crisis. We are carefully considering all possible avenues to ensure we can continue to keep our communities safe while they are doing their essential shopping, commuting to work and exercising."

More detail on the plans will be published within the next week.