New Cycle Hub opens at Kingston Station
The Kingston Station Cycle Hub is now open to the public, providing a free and secure facility for the storage of hundreds of bikes.
Cycle parking at the Hub is completely free and monitored by extensive CCTV. Bike maintenance and repair facilities are also provided on site.
Other works undertaken around Kingston station include a new segregated pedestrian and cycle link between Kingston Station and Skerne Road, and an upgraded station forecourt with new crossings and a two-way cycle lane on Richmond Road.
Connectivity at Kingston Bridge has also been improved via upgrades to the pedestrian and cycle facilities at the junction of Horse Fair and Clarence Street.
Cllr Stephanie Archer, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainable Transport said:
“This new transport hub and the surrounding works at Kingston Station is a big statement of what we hope Kingston to be with regards to greener travel - it’s a massive project for the future and gives our residents and visitors a much-needed top class facility.
“Sustainable transport is a vital part of our green agenda in Kingston, as we work towards becoming a carbon neutral borough by 2038. It’s therefore important we continue to deliver excellent cycling facilities for our residents.”
Sarah Wigglesworth, Director at Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, said:
“Our intention with Mini-Holland Kingston was to create a focus, remake connections and celebrate the ‘spirit of the place’. We worked with stakeholders including Kingston Museum and Kingston University to draw upon local references which have influenced the design language and structural expression. Our influences for both the bridge and the hub reference the work of Eadweard Muybridge as well as the form of a crown, a nod to Kingston as the historic setting for the crowning of six Saxon monarchs on the King’s Stone, still visible in the town centre.”
Andy Murdoch, Director at Buro Happold, said:
“The team conducted thorough surveys and workshops with the community and stakeholders to better understand the key issues affecting users. Improving pedestrian safety was critical in this busy area, which meant we recommended lowering the speed limit on roads around the station to 20mph, giving the entrance a much calmer atmosphere, despite remaining a busy transport hub.”
The Go Cycle programme is a major £32M infrastructure transformation project designed to upgrade Kingston’s major highway routes to accommodate the latest cycling infrastructure, while improving the flow of road users, cyclists, and pedestrians, and enhancing the environments through which they travel. It is funded by Transport for London and the Mayor of London.
You can read more about the Kingston Station works, and answers to FAQs about the scheme, by visiting www.kingston.gov.uk/go