New ‘Go Cycle’ routes aim to encourage modal shift

Kingston Go Cycle

Kingston Council has launched a public consultation on two new active travel routes in the borough, seeking feedback on plans to improve cycling facilities, road safety and public spaces.

The routes, Kingston High Street and New Malden to Raynes Park, are part of Kingston’s ‘Go Cycle’ programme which has attracted £30m of funding from TfL’s Mini Holland programme. Go Cycle is designed to relieve public transport pressures by supporting more sustainable travel choices and making better use of existing spaces.

Centre to these plans are providing better and safer cycle links, footways and crossings throughout the borough.

The Kingston High Street scheme includes plans to create a two-way cycle lane that connects the Go Cycle scheme at Portsmouth Road directly to the town centre.

Meanwhile, the new 1.2km walking and cycling path from New Malden to Raynes Park is designed to create an entirely traffic free route between New Malden Railway Station and Raynes Park Recreation Ground.

Councillor Terry Paton, deputy leader and Go Cycle portfolio lead, said:

“These are two very different Go Cycle schemes that we’re consulting on but they contain the same aim which is to help change the way people travel by encouraging walking and cycling wherever possible.

“One route is a natural extension to the new Portsmouth Road cycle route linking it directly to the town centre and the other is a new traffic-free quietway for walking and cycling between New Malden and Raynes Park, which is a real benefit for residents in Kingston and Merton as well as commuters between the two centres.”

Councillor Hilary Gander, Go Cycle board member, said:

“Public engagement is a key part of helping shape the Go Cycle schemes, so I would encourage as many people as possible to take the time to provide your ideas and thoughts on the proposals that are out for consultation.”

The consultations will run from 19 June to 17 July – with public consultation events being held across the borough between 22 June and 8 July. Click here for more information.

20 June 2017