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Kingston town centre traffic diversions - 14 and 15 April

Visualisations of the Go Cycle Kingston Station green link

An extensive traffic management plan will be implemented on the weekend of the 14 and 15 April as part of works to remove a footbridge next to Kingston Station.

The works are part of the £30 million Mayoral investment in the Kingston Go Cycle programme. The Kingston station works are aimed at improving accessibility into the town centre, transforming cycling facilities, enhancing the public space and improving road safety.

The existing footbridge over Kingsgate Road is being removed and will be replaced with a new bridge to create an improved shared pedestrian and cycle route over Kingsgate Road/Wood Street.

As part of the removal process the bridge will be cut into three and craned onto a lorry for safe removal.

The diversions will start from 5pm on Saturday 14 April and are expected to be in place until the afternoon of Sunday 15 April.

During the works on 14 and 15 April the town centre will remain open for business, with clear signage in place to direct traffic to the Bentalls and John Lewis car parks.  Access to all town centre car parks will be continue to be available from both Richmond and Kingston.

However the section of Kingsgate Road under the footbridge and railway will be closed to traffic on 14 and 15 April 2018. Diversions will be in place at the A310/Horse Fair roundabout in Hampton Wick for those wanting to travel from west to east through Kingston.

Those travelling from east to west along Wood Street will be unable to access the A307 Richmond Road via the section of Kingsgate Road under the footbridge and railway, and will instead be diverted along Horse Fair to a diversion route via Hampton Wick and Richmond.

Kingston Bridge will remain open for buses, cyclists and motorists wishing to park in the Bentalls and John Lewis car parks. All other eastbound traffic from the western side of Kingston Bridge will be diverted at the A310/Horse Fair roundabout in Hampton Wick as follows:

(Via Richmond) between Hampton Court Road and Richmond Road via Sandy Lane, Twickenham Road and Star and Garter Hill.

(Via Kingston) between Hampton Court Road and Wheatfield Way via Hampton Court Way, A3 Kingston by-pass and Ewell Road).

Vehicles over 15’9 will be diverted from Hampton Court Road and Wheatfield Way via Summer Road and Portsmouth Road.

Seven Kings Way: The one-way system on Seven Kings Way in Kingston will be temporarily reversed to assist with traffic management. Access to Seven Kings Way will be maintained via Richmond Road and Sury Basin. Kingsgate Road and Sopwith Way can be used to exit from Seven Kings Way.

Pedestrian and cyclists using Kingsgate Bridge

Pedestrian and cycle access to the footbridge and its approaches will be closed from 3 April for a minimum of six months. Diversions for pedestrians and cyclists will be in place during this period. Access to the existing footbridge will be closed from the station on the eastern side, and from Skerne Road/Wood Street on the western side. Diversion signs will be in place.

There are several options for pedestrians and cyclists to use. If approaching the station from Skerne Road, pedestrians can use the underpass under the railway line and then turn to reach the station via Kingsgate Road, Sopwith Way and Richmond Road. Note this diversion option will not be available during the weekend of the bridge removal 14 and 15 April.

Pedestrians and cyclists approaching from Skerne Road can also use the traffic lights at the intersection of Wood Street (near TGI Fridays), crossing towards Bentalls and heading towards the station along Wood St on the south side of the carriageway before crossing back over Wood Street at the pedestrian lights at Fife Road to the station forecourt. Cyclists will need to use Dolphin St and Fife Road to connect to the station.

Public transport

Trains: Due to engineering works on the Kingston rail line there will be no train services from Kingston station. Rail lines in Wimbledon and Surbiton will also be closed.

Passengers should use rail replacement bus services and check the South Western Railway website for more information 

Buses: The following routes will be affected by the closure of Kingsgate Road:

65, 111, 216, 281, 285, 411, 461, 481, X26

  • Routes 111, 216, 285, 411, 461, 481, will terminate at Wood Street opposite Bentalls.
  • Route 65 will be diverted via the 371 route, London Road Park Road to Upper Ham Road, to the normal line of route, towards Ealing. Bus stops affected are from Clarence Street, Kingsgate Road and Richmond Road to Upper Ham Road.  
  • Route 281 will terminate on Wood Street at Bentalls, passengers will be advised to continue their onward journey, from Cromwell Road Bus Station
  • Route X26 will be diverted via Richmond Bridge. Passengers using Wood St opposite Bentalls are advised to board at Cromwell Road Bus Station.

You can find out more about diversions in the town centre including diversion maps on our Footbridge webpage