Kingston wins Olympics legacy funding for new Chessington cycle track

Plans for a new cycling facility in Chessington have been boosted by an injection of more than £122,000 from a national scheme to improve local sports facilities.

The planned closed road circuit cycling track at Moor Lane has been granted £122,685 National Lottery funding to add to £130,000 already secured from the London Marathon Charitable Trust.

Open to schools, older people and other community groups, the track’s focus will be to help increase cycling participation by disabled people, who may currently have to travel out of the borough to enjoy cycling.

The Chessington cycle track is among 23 sports projects in London to benefit from the latest round of Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund, part of its Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme.

Councillor Simon James, Kingston Council’s Lead Member for Sport, said:

"We are delighted to have secured this investment to add to the £130,000 from the London Marathon Charitable Trust. This cycle track will enable the community to cycle in a safe and secure environment with a focus on engaging Kingston’s disabled residents.

"We successfully hosted the London 2012 Olympic Cycle road races and time trials as well as this month’s Ride London cycling event and we would like to ensure the cycling legacy is firmly embedded in the borough for years to come."

Councillor Rachel Reid, South of the Borough Neighbourhood Committee chair, said:

"This is a terrific project that will help children and vulnerable people to learn to cycle and gain confidence in a safe, fun environment."

Subject to planning permission, the circuit will be built around the perimeter of the sports field next to the Moor Lane Children and Young People's Development Service.