£30m to be invested in Kingston ‘mini-Holland’ programme
Public consultation opens on first mini-Holland cycle route along Portsmouth Road.
About the mini-Holland project
In March 2014, the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames was named by The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, as one of just three London boroughs to be awarded ‘mini-Holland’ programme status. This provides the borough with access to more than £30 million of Transport for London funding to transform local cycling facilities, improve road safety for all users and enhance Kingston’s public realm.
At the heart of Kingston’s successful bid for funding is an ambitious plan to deliver a network of six high quality cycle routes, along with four ambitious cycle projects in key locations. Public consultation on the first mini-Holland cycle route on Portsmouth Road begins today (Monday 19 January 2015).
Councillor Richard Hudson, Lead Member for Infrastructure, Projects and Contracts said,
“This is a very exciting moment for the borough. The mini-Holland programme will make better use of the existing road network. Moving around the borough will be easier and safer for all road users thanks to better infrastructure and by improving relations and interactions between cyclists, drivers and pedestrians.”
We plan to achieve these aims through innovative highway and public realm designs that cater for the needs of all road users. Access by bike and on foot to community facilities, workplaces, shops, schools, attractions and open spaces will be improved. By ‘connecting places, not following routes’, the mini-Holland programme will improve quality of life for residents of the borough by establishing better and safer connections between key community locations. It is hoped that residents, businesses and visitors of the borough will get behind this unique and exciting programme.
Public consultation on the first of six high quality cycle routes, which is along Portsmouth Road, begins today and we are seeking views from local residents, businesses and users on the proposed improvements for this vital route. Improved cycle lanes, new pedestrian and cycle crossings, along with reduced traffic speeds and new access points to Queens Promenade form only part of the proposed improvements currently out to consultation.
Where to find further information:
You can find more information in the cycling section of the website. There will also be:
- a booklet providing details of the scheme is being delivered to 3,100 households in the vicinity of Portsmouth Road
- there will be exhibition screens in the reception area of Guildhall 2 from 26 January to 18 February
There will be drop in sessions where council officers will be on hand to share detailed scheme maps and answer questions:
- Saturday 31 January (11am to 2pm) – The Harts Boatyard, Portsmouth Road, KT6 4HL
- Wednesday 4 February (6pm to 8pm) – Queen Anne Suite, Guildhall, High Street, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1EU
The consultation ends on 18 February.