Multi-million pound investment to deliver road safety and environment improvements in Kingston
Kingston Council have announced multi-million pound plans to improve the borough’s road and transport networks over the next 3 years.
The plans aim to reduce air pollution while creating safer roads and a more inclusive transport network that can be accessed by everyone.
Kingston’s Local Implementation Plan (LIP) is one part of these plans and was agreed at the council’s Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee (EAST) on 12 February. It outlines how the borough will spend £1.3million per year for the next 3 years funded by Transport for London (TfL). In the same meeting the council also approved £1.75million worth of investment for roads and pavements in the borough over the next 12 months.
This funding is in addition to the existing £32.7million Go Cycle programme, with five schemes currently under construction.
Transport is crucial to the future of Kingston and is at the centre of the borough’s challenges. The council’s plans will help to reduce car dependency and encourage more people to use alternative and more environmentally friendly forms of transport such as walking, cycling and public transport.
Councillor Hilary Gander, portfolio holder for Environment and Sustainable Transport said:
“Our plans outline a commitment to improving transport options for the community in Kingston and to reducing the negative impacts of travel on our borough. It sets out the council's proposals to improve our transport, environment and streets, and how they will contribute towards the delivery of the Mayor of London's new Transport Strategy (MTS)* and Healthy Streets agenda.
“By delivering these improvements, we are determined that we will make Kingston a better place for everyone.”
Notes for editors:
The plan’s main objectives include:
- Making Kingston’s streets healthy and encouraging active travel
- Reducing vehicle trips to support the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy (MTS)*
- Reducing the harmful effects of transport on the environment and our neighbourhoods
- Enhancing the public transport offer to meet the future needs of the borough
- Improving the safety of Kingston’s communities and transport network as the council adopts the Mayor of London’s Vision Zero approach
- Investing in new transport infrastructure to support the delivery of homes and jobs
*The MTS aims to increase the percentage of trips made in London made by sustainable forms of transport to 80 per cent by by 2041, which is significantly different to now where 36 per cent of trips are made by car.
Making alternative transport options accessible and appealing is key to reducing car dependency. This means improving street environments to make walking and cycling the most attractive options for short journeys and providing more and better services to make public transport the most attractive option.
The council’s ongoing investment in cycling through its Go Cycle programme has helped cycling in Kingston grow considerably over recent years. Read more about the programme including the latest report at www.kingston.gov.uk/go
Years 2 and 3 of TfL funding will follow formal approval from them which happens in December each year.