Kingston marks ‘Car Free Day’ on Saturday 22 September

Car Free Day campaign artwork

In recognition of ‘World Car Free Day’, Kingston will be marking its support by encouraging everyone to leave their car at home and consider alternative choices of transport.

Residents across London are increasingly embracing the chance to move around shared spaces, making efforts to improve their fitness, while reducing road noise and emissions. World Car Free Day makes a positive contribution to improving air quality across the capital with a number of boroughs supporting the day.

On Saturday 22 September, St James Road near the Guildhall will be closed to cars between 11am - 3pm. There will be a gathering of visitors and guests to hear Kingston’s Mayor Cllr Thay Thayalan announce the borough’s marking of Car Free Day, and its commitment to annually participating in the event, promoting sustainable modes of transport and mobility.

Councillor Hilary Gander, portfolio holder for Environment & Sustainable Transport, commented: 

"Car Free Day is an opportunity for all of us to review how we travel to our place of work, visit friends, and move about our borough. The commitment of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames to an increasingly sustainable living environment is evident from the investment we are making in our infrastructure.

"The health of our residents and impact on our environment prompts all of us to consider how we can all start to rethink the choices we make and how we travel. Car Free Day is an ideal moment for us to stop, think, and for one day leave the car at home and instead choose to ride a bus, jump on a train, dust down our bikes, or just walk.

"If you're heading into Kingston on Saturday 22 September, you'll find information and advice about alternative modes of transport all set in a festive setting in a reserved, pedestrianised northern section of St James Road, close to the High St and the market place where the exciting Korean Festival celebrating the harvest will be taking place."  

Councillor Jon Tolley, portfolio holder for Resident Engagement, added: 

"Residents and businesses alike are welcome to come along and share in marking Car Free Day. At Kingston we're passionate about sustainability measures to create an environment which supports the health and well-being of all groups of people. Car Free Day should be used as a time to reconsider how you and your family choose to make the most of moving about and enjoying our borough."

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NOTE: The disabled parking bays at the north end of St James Road will remain open and accessible.