Reminder: Kingston town centre traffic diversions this weekend

Visualisations of the Go Cycle Kingston Station green link

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

The temporary traffic arrangements will affect journeys in and around Kingston. 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, April 14 and are expected to continue through to Sunday, April 15.

During the works on April 14 and 15 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 April 14 and 15, 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 have been closed ahead of these works. The footbridge will be closed for a minimum of six months. Diversion signs are in place.

Public transport

Trains: Due to engineering works on the Kingston rail line there will be no train services from Kingston station on Sunday. 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: From 5pm Saturday, 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 in our frequently asked questions:

Diversion maps:

Traffic diversions in Kingston Town Centre - April 14 and 15