Cycling upon Thames: Kingston wins up to £30M for ‘mini Holland’ plans
A 700-metre cycle path on the Thames has won the backing of Mayor of London Boris Johnson alongside several ambitious ‘mini Holland’ schemes for Kingston.
Kingston was one of eight boroughs shortlisted by the Mayor for a share of £100m to help make them as cycle-friendly as Dutch towns. Kingston will receive up to £30million.
Kingston Council plans better facilities and conditions for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists across the borough with a high-quality network of cycle routes, new traffic measures and improvements to the local environment.
Councillor Simon James, Kingston Council’s Lead Member for Strategic Transport, said:
“We are delighted that our ambitious bid has been successful. Ours is a cycling vision for everyone with a blend of exciting, iconic schemes and high-quality, everyday infrastructure.
“Kingston already has one of the highest rates of cycling in outer London and we will be able to give even more people the opportunity to enjoy the environmental, social, health and economic benefits of living in a Biking Borough.”
Councillor Liz Green, Leader of Kingston Council, said:
“It’s brilliant news and a huge boost for Kingston. Our plans will transform how people get around the borough on two wheels and help more people choose to cycle more often.
“Our vision is to improve our town centres for everyone, with safer roads for pedestrians as well as cyclists, less traffic congestion and a better environment.”
Kingston’s winning bid includes:
- a fixed, cycle-only boardway between Thameside near John Lewis to Queens Promenade at Town End Parade, with improved boat moorings
- a new plaza outside Kingston railway station to create more space for cyclists and pedestrians
- a new town square at Surbiton station, created by relocating the taxi rank and car park
- cycling ‘superhubs’ at Kingston and Surbiton railway stations, with parking spaces for 750 bikes initially (with future plans to add 1,500 more spaces at Surbiton station and a third 1,000-space hub in Kingston town centre)
- a Dutch-style roundabout at the Fountain, New Malden with segregated cycle lanes
- a ‘bike bypass’ on Kingston’s ring road at Wheatfield Way – a 750-metre segregated cycle lane from the railway station to Denmark Road
- a new cycle route and footpath between New Malden and Raynes Park with connections to central London
The final list of schemes will be decided depending on the details of the agreed funding.
Kingston’s bid was supported by local MPs, cycling groups, businesses and the council’s Conservative group.
Plans will be subject to public consultation and testing.
For more information about the Mayor of London’s Cycling Vision go to www.london.gov.uk.