News

Go have your say on the next Go Cycle routes

Go cycle logo

Two new routes for the £30 million Go Cycle programme, funded by the Mayor of London and Transport for London, have been launched for public consultation today (June 19).

The routes, Kingston High Street and the New Malden to Raynes Park route, are being consulted on to get public feedback on our plans to improve cycling facilities, road safety and public spaces in these areas.

The Kingston High Street scheme includes plans to create a two-way cycle lane that connects our Go Cycle scheme at Portsmouth Road directly to the town centre.

Meanwhile, a new 1.2km walking and cycling path from New Malden to Raynes Park will open up an entirely traffic free route between New Malden Railway Station and Raynes Park Recreation Ground.

The path, which crosses into the borough of Merton, runs along Thames Water land, parallel to the railway line, passing under the A3 Kingston by-pass and avoiding busy or lengthy alternative routes. Journey times between these areas for pedestrians and cyclists will be improved.

Deputy Leader and Go Cycle portfolio lead Councillor Terry Paton said:

“These are two very different Go Cycle schemes that we’re consulting on but they contain the same aim which is to help change the way people travel by encouraging walking and cycling wherever possible.

“One route is a natural extension to the new Portsmouth Road cycle route linking it directly to the town centre and the other is a new traffic-free quietway for walking and cycling between New Malden and Raynes Park, which is a real benefit for residents in Kingston and Merton as well as commuters between the two centres."

Go Cycle board member, Councillor Hilary Gander said:

“Public engagement is a key part of helping shape the Go Cycle schemes, so I would encourage as many people as possible to please take the time to provide your ideas and thoughts on the proposals that are out for consultation.”

The consultations will run from 19th June to 17th July.

Public consultation events for the High Street consultation will be held:

  • Monday 26th June 2017 - The Rose Theatre, 12noon to 4pm
    24-26 High Street, Kingston,  KT1 1HL
  • Saturday 8th July 2017 - High Street, 10.30am to 2pm
    Start of the Promenade/Town End

The public consultation events for the New Malden to Raynes Park scheme will be held:

  • Thursday 22nd June 2017 - New Malden Methodist Church, 2pm to 4pm
    49 High Street, KT3 4BY
  • Wednesday 28th June 2017 - Raynes Park Library, 6pm to 8pm
    21 Approach Road, SW20 8BA
  • Saturday 1st July 2017 - Christ Church New Malden, 10am to 12noon
    91 Coombe Road, KT3 4RE
  • Wednesday 5th July 2017 - Christ Church New Malden, 6pm to 8pm
    91 Coombe Road, KT3 4RE

You can find out more online at the Go Cycle consultations page.

The Go Cycle programme aligns with the Mayor’s Healthy Streets initiative which is aimed at shifting Londoners towards healthier lifestyles and active travel choices.

Go Cycle includes 10 schemes in total. Portsmouth Road, which opened earlier this year, has helped to transform the riverside and has been shortlisted for a prestigious architecture and design award. A new one-way segregated cycle path at St Mark’s Hill and other key connector routes around Surbiton have also been completed.

Construction work is underway to transform the forecourt at Kingston Station including links to the river and the historic town centre, while construction planning is well underway for Wheatfield Way.

Two other schemes Kingston to Kingston Vale and the northern section of the Kingston to Tolworth route have been approved to go to detailed design and construction.

ENDS