Council agrees transport infrastructure priorities
Members of the council’s Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee have agreed what transport priorities should be put forward to Transport for London (TfL) to receive funding.
Ten engineering projects and four sustainable travel initiatives, totalling £1.2m, were recommended for inclusion in the 2019/20 Annual Spending Submission bid to TfL.
Each year TfL allocates money to London boroughs to spend on projects that support the Mayor's Transport Strategy.
In order to secure funding, the council must be able to demonstrate that the proposed schemes within its bid support the Mayor’s vision to transform London’s streets, improve public transport and create opportunities for new homes and jobs.
Some of the recommendations put forward by the council include developing proposals to improve connectivity between Kingston town centre and Richmond town centre, the conversion of zebra crossings along the A243 to pelican crossings, and a review of the pedestrian and cycling routes in the South Lane area (New Malden) to identify further improvements.
The proposals have been endorsed by the borough’s four Neighbourhood Committees, which have responsibility for local issues such as traffic and open spaces, making it easier for residents to influence the decisions that affect them.
Councillor Hilary Gander, Chair of the Committee and portfolio holder for Environment and Sustainable Transport at Kingston Council, said:
“To get the best results, it's important for us to involve local people. At the committee on Thursday, we were glad to receive representation from the Kingston Centre for Independent Living (KCIL), which asked that full and proper consideration is given to access and mobility issues during the design and implementation of all future schemes. This received the committee’s full support.”
At the heart the Mayor’s strategy is a bold aim that states by 2041, 80 per cent of all trips in London will be made on foot, by cycle or using public transport.
To encourage Kingston residents and businesses to make that modal shift on an increasingly frequent and lasting basis, the council has also asked for funding to continue successful programmes such as Bikeability (cycle training), and STARS accreditation for schools.