Walking and Cycling Commissioner visits Kingston as station works reach key milestone
Construction works associated with the £30 million Go Cycle programme have reached a key milestone with the completion of carriageway works outside Kingston Station.
This phase of the project was inspected this week by Mayor of London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner Will Norman. It forms part of the Kingston station scheme to transform the forecourt area and improve walking and cycling links to the river and historic town centre.
The Go Cycle programme aims to create better connected walking and cycling routes across Kingston and improve road safety, upgrade public spaces and relieve the pressures on the borough’s transport network.
During a tour of Go Cycle routes under development and construction across the borough the walking and cycling commissioner said it was great to see the improvements on the ground.
Mr Norman visited New Malden and the town centre to view the New Malden to Raynes Park, Wheatfield Way and Kingston Station schemes.
“It’s just fantastic to see all this hard work coming together. It will be a real transformation of the whole of the town centre and wider areas across the borough.
“All the evidence shows in London and across the UK that encouraging walking and cycling and improving local environments brings huge benefits to local communities.
“We’ve seen footfall and spend increase on local high streets and I know that is going to be the case in Kingston. This is on top of the benefits of improving air quality and people’s health, as more people walk and cycle as part of their everyday routine.
“It’s been a real privilege being shown around it at this point and I look forward to coming back and seeing more of the results.”
In 2017 the Kingston Station scheme won a New London Architecture Award in recognition for its design and scope to improve the health and wellbeing of Londoners.
Go Cycle portfolio lead Councillor Terry Paton welcomed the progress underway for the Go Cycle works.
“It was great that the Cycling Commissioner took the time to come and look at the progress of our schemes and to see how Kingston is moving towards being a more sustainable borough. There is plenty of activity in the construction pipeline as we continue to build a linked network across the borough to encourage more cycling and walking.”
In February works at the station will move off-carriageway to include upgrading and improving the enlarged station forecourt.
Construction work at Wheatfield Way will focus on the section between College Roundabout and Brook Street to build a two-way segregated cycle lane, while works will continue to complete the Surbiton to Kingston route with the completion of the cycle lane on Claremont Road and upgrade to the Maple Road junction.
Works are also underway for the first phase of the Kingston to Kingston Vale scheme, focussing initially on Gordon Road.
Construction works on all the Go Cycle projects are being co-ordinated to minimise impact on residents and businesses as they progress through to late 2018.
The Go Cycle team show Will Norman the recently completed section of the Wheatfield Way scheme, which will connect to the works at Kingston Station.