Multi-million investment to boost Kingston's transport infrastructure

Kingston Council has approved £3 million per annum plans to improve Kingston’s road and transport networks over the next three years, in addition to the Go Cycle investment programme.

Councillors agreed the plans at the Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee (EAST) on 7 October, which the committee heard are designed to reduce air pollution while creating safer roads and a more inclusive and accessible transport network for the borough’s residents.

The Local Implementation Plan (LIP) outlines how the council will spend £1.3 million per year for the next three years funded by Transport for London (TfL), and a further £1.75 million worth of investment for the borough’s roads and pavements over the next 12 months.

Making alternative transport options accessible and appealing is an important step towards reducing car journeys. The £32 million Go Cycle programme funded by TfL to upgrade and introduce a new cycle network across Kingston plays a key part in making walking and cycling the most attractive options for short journeys.

Councillor Hilary Gander, portfolio holder for Environment and Sustainable Transport, said:

“We have pledged to improve sustainable transport options in Kingston and these plans will help to deliver that. They will also boost our dual commitments to improve air quality and tackle the climate emergency, as we work towards making Kingston’s streets healthy, ensuring we meet the future needs of our borough and become a carbon neutral council by 2038.

“The proposals contribute towards the delivery of the Mayor of London's new Transport Strategy (MTS)* and Healthy Streets agenda and reduces the negative impacts of travel in Kingston.” 

Read the full committee papers here.

Notes for editors:

*The MTS aims to increase the percentage of trips made in London made by sustainable forms of transport to 80 per cent by 2041, which is significantly different to now where 36 per cent of trips are made by car.

Years 2 and 3 of TfL funding will follow formal approval from them which happens in December each year.