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Kingston to introduce temporary protected walking and cycle lanes to aid social distancing

Starting tomorrow (Saturday 23 May), new walking and cycling routes will be created across the borough to help make public spaces safer and aid social distancing.

These measures will be delivered as part of the London-wide ‘Streetscape programme’ designed to manage the changes to travel patterns in the capital and help movement 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.

How will it work?

A number of high footfall public areas and popular cycling routes have been identified across the borough and we will be looking to change the street layout in these areas to give more space to pedestrians and cyclists.

Signage will be put in place to alert drivers and pedestrians of the changes, which will initially be implemented using temporary materials.

Where will these changes take place?

Work to begin installing the measures in the below locations will start tomorrow (Saturday 23 May) and will be complete in the next ten days.

Clarence Street - Wilkos to Kingston Railway Station
Barriers, cones and signage will be installed to protect the inside traffic lane, providing additional space for pedestrians and cyclists. It will create a safer environment by reducing road space and reducing traffic speeds, where there is likely to be a high footfall as people return to the new normal.

Fairfield North - from the pedestrian crossing east of bus garage to Wheatfield Way
Barriers, cones and signage will be installed to protect the offside traffic lane (from the pedestrian crossing east of the bus garage up to Wheatfield Way), providing additional space for pedestrians and cyclists. It will create a safer environment by reducing road space and traffic speeds, where there is likely to be a high footfall.

Wheatfield Way - northbound side from College Roundabout to Ashdown Road
Barriers, cones and signage will be installed to protect the inside traffic lane, providing additional space for pedestrians and cyclists. It will create a safer environment by reducing road space and reducing traffic speeds, where there is likely to be a high footfall as people return to the new normal.

Kingston Bridge
Barriers, cones and signage will be installed to protect the inside traffic lane in both directions, providing additional road space for cyclists and merging existing pedestrian and cycle space for the use of pedestrians.


We are planning to introduce similar measures in other locations across the borough and are currently assessing a number of potential sites. If you have any suggestions of how we could improve your streets, please let us know by contacting us at: [email protected] or via Twitter (@RBKingston). 

Subject to TfL funding, we will look to implement further safety measures in the coming weeks and months. These may well include speed reductions on hotspot roads, the introduction of barriers on residential roads (to prevent rat running) and low traffic neighbourhoods.