New Malden to Raynes Park Go Cycle Route Opens
On Saturday 13 July, the new 1.2km cycle and walking route joining New Malden and Raynes Park opens.
The Go Cycle programme is funded by Transport for London, and comprises 10 projects across the borough. The New Malden to Raynes Park scheme is the 5th Go Cycle project to be completed, and the second Go Cycle scheme to be launched within the past month. The Wheatfied Way scheme around Kingston Town Centre completed in June, and connects the cycle routes from Surbiton, Tolworth, and Kingston Vale as they converge in central Kingston. The opening of the New Malden to Raynes Park cycle route extends the connectivity between Kingston and Merton, while introducing accessible cycling and walking paths along a new open section of tree-lined land away from road traffic.
Cllr Hilary Gander, Portfolio Holder for Environment & Sustainable Transport for Kingston Council explains:
"The opening of the New Malden to Raynes Park Go Cycle route introduces a different kind of connectivity to the Go Cycle network. Joining Kingston with its neighbours in the London Borough of Merton and key transport hubs in South West London, the new route gives residents an attractive off-road option for moving between the two boroughs. Formerly inaccessible to the public, this wooded purpose-built route now opens up safe cycling to local schools and families, whilst highlighting the plants and wildlife that make it their habitat. We'd like to thank the pupils of Christ Church Primary and West Wimbledon Primary schools who helped us prepare the information boards along the route, and our partners who contributed to creating this very special section of the new Go Cycle network. This is another positive step in providing the infrastructure residents are asking us to provide, so they can begin to make new choices of how they choose to travel, and do their bit to help the environment while being fitter and healthier."
Neighbouring collaborating partner, London Borough of Merton’s representative Councillor Tobin Byers, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Health and the Environment supports this achievement saying:
“This new pathway will bring huge benefits to the community and we are proud to have collaborated with all the partners, whose hard work has led to the realisation of this wonderful project. This route provides a valuable link between Merton and Kingston making it easier and safer for cyclists and walkers to travel between the two boroughs. Importantly it has created an attractive space where people can enjoy walking and cycling away from polluting traffic. Encouraging residents to take more everyday journeys by foot or by bike is a key part of our work to reduce air pollution across the borough and encourage healthier and more active lifestyles. I am really looking forward to trying it out myself.”