Update on Kingston Bridge
Kingston Council acted quickly to introduce temporary streetspace measures at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak to make it safer for people to walk and cycle while maintaining social distancing.
In May 2020 measures were installed on Kingston Bridge to further support active travel and maximise space for pedestrians and cyclists exercising and making essential trips during lockdown.
These measures were the right thing to do at the time. The changes were warmly received during the height of the pandemic and since then we have been actively monitoring the impact of the scheme and collating feedback from residents and local councillors.
As lockdown continues to ease, children go back to school and people return to work, we are now starting to see car usage increase as well as a higher demand on the bus network. This is particularly evident on Kingston Bridge, a main artery road into the town centre that serves nine high frequency bus routes.
With this in mind and having carefully considered all feedback we have decided to remove these measures on Wednesday, 9 September.
We have taken this decision to restore the original road layout which featured two-way segregated cycle lanes and footways and will continue to support sustainable travel in the borough.
We remain fully committed to making Kingston a safe and accessible borough for pedestrians and cyclists and are currently trialling a number of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and School Streets across the borough and continue to implement our Go Cycle programme.
We thank residents for their support and patience during this period and for providing feedback to help us assess these experimental measures.
If you have any further suggestions of how we could improve our streets please get in touch with us at: kingstonletstalk.co.uk/makingspace.