Plans for a new 1.2km walking and cycling path – linking the London boroughs of Kingston and Merton – have been approved by the respective councils.
The ‘New Malden to Raynes Park Link’ will connect New Malden Railway Station and Raynes Park Recreation Ground – where the path will join up with further routes to Raynes Park and Wimbledon.
The path, which will be entirely traffic-free, will run parallel to the railway line on land owned by Thames Water and pass under the A3 Kingston bypass – avoiding busy and lengthy alternative routes.
The new route forms part of Kingston Council’s £34.7m ‘mini-Holland’ Go Cycle Scheme, funded by the Mayor of London. The Go-Cycle team are working with the walking and cycling charity Sustrans to deliver the project.
According to Sustrans, as well as providing a new active travel link, the project will also create a new linear park, providing a space to access and enjoy the environment and wildlife in the area.
Matt Winfield, London director for Sustrans, said:
“We are thrilled to see the new path come one step closer to reality.
“Often the hardest work in getting a new route built is the years of behind the scenes effort; feasibility studies, working with the community on the right solution, public consultations, designs, planning applications and committee meetings.
“Our team, including everyone involved in the design, community engagement and the ecologists is proud to have helped the Kingston Go-Cycle team to overcome those hurdles to make it easier for people to walk and cycle.”
Merton Cycling Campaign said:
“Cyclists and Pedestrians can only welcome this worthwhile scheme.
“For cycling, it provides a valuable link to the improving cycling facilities of Kingston and gives Merton the opportunity to attract cycle traffic from Kingston, not only commuters but also shoppers and leisure cyclists.”
06 June 2018