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Portsmouth Road improvements coming soon

Works to improve Portsmouth Road, making it safer for pedestrians and cyclists and improving access to Queens Promenade, will start in early November.

The £3.2 million works are part of Kingston Council’s ‘Go Cycle’ Programme, which aims to transform cycling infrastructure in the borough and improve the quality of our public spaces. It is being paid for through the Mayor of London’s ‘mini-Holland’ initiative: Kingston is one of three mini-Holland boroughs in London.

Councillor Terry Paton, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Transport and Highways at Kingston Council, said:

“I am delighted that our first ‘Go Cycle’ highways scheme is about to get underway. This particular scheme will dramatically enhance cycle safety and pedestrian routes along Portsmouth Road, creating a two-way cycle track segregated from road traffic, new steps and ramps to the Queen’s Promenade as well as additional zebra crossings. 

“The public consultation that we ran earlier this year clearly showed support for the scheme and, after a lot of preparatory work, it is time to crack on with the main works so that everyone can benefit from the improvements.”

Andrew Gilligan, The Mayor of London’s Cycling Commissioner, said:

“When we launched the mini-Holland programme back in 2013, we said we wanted to see ambitious, game-changing schemes that have the potential to revolutionise how Londoners get around on two wheels.  Kingston Council’s Portsmouth Road scheme certainly fits the bill.  I can’t wait to visit Kingston next summer and see people using this fantastic new facility.”

Key features of the scheme are:
  • A two-way cycle track, segregated from road traffic, on the western (river) side of Portsmouth Road from High Street to the junction with Brighton Road
  • New steps and ramps to the Queen’s Promenade incorporating public space improvements, using high quality natural stone materials
  • Additional zebra crossings
  • A new signalised crossing for pedestrians and cyclists at Palace Road
  • Re-designed signals at the Brighton Road junction to improve facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.
The work has been carefully planned and will take place in five phases between November 2015 and July 2016. Portsmouth Road will remain open to two-way traffic for the entire project and full access to properties will be maintained at all times. There will be short periods where temporary traffic lights are required to allow works to take place in the centre of the road, such as putting in the new zebra crossings, although this will not take place during the busy Christmas and New Year shopping periods.

The bulk of the work is on the river-side of the road and therefore the western pavement will be closed for long sections. Safe access to and from the Queen’s Promenade and bus stops will be retained.

Residents living in the immediate vicinity of Portsmouth Road have been sent a letter containing more details of the construction phases and contact points.  For more information on the Portsmouth Road scheme or the Go Cycle Programme, visit