Proposals to complete Ewell Road cycle route agreed

Kingston Council is a step closer to completing the borough’s cycle network, delivering safe and joined up routes across its neighbourhoods.

The borough’s cycle network is a cornerstone of the long term vision for sustainable travel around the borough and the council is committed to completing the routes. The long term aim is to make cycling an attractive and safe travel choice with safer, dedicated cycle infrastructure along key routes, such as to shopping centres and railway stations. 

Kingston Council’s Portfolio Holder for Climate Action and Sustainable Transport Cllr Ian Manders said:

“We want residents to have a choice in how they travel. With the completion of this key route, residents should have the confidence to choose walking and cycling when they want, instead of the car. Not only will it be better for their own health, through increased physical activity, they may also find their door to door journey quicker too.”

Works were paused in 2022 in response to Transport for London's funding crisis following the pandemic. In that time council asked residents, cyclists and other road users for suggestions on what incremental changes could be made and used this feedback to introduce improvements to the design of small parts of the existing scheme. 

Plans for the remaining part of the Ewell Road route have now been updated following further engagement this winter with residents and business owners directly along the new section, as well as stakeholder groups, and in line with the latest design guidance from TfL. 

The £1.7million scheme will be part-funded from the council’s capital budget, along with a £750,000 contribution from TfL.   

Construction is anticipated to begin in Summer 2024. 

three people on bikes are cycling away from the camera on a segregated cycle route.

One of of the boroughs cycle routes - Kingston Road

In the coming months councillors will also be asked to agree updated plans for the remaining section of the Kingston to New Malden part of the cycle network, with work then potentially able to commence in the Autumn 2024, subject to the approval. 

Published: 15th March 2024