On Monday 10th March the Mayor of London and Council Leader Cllr Liz Green announced that Kingston’s ground breaking mini-Holland programme has successfully won £30 million to create a major cycle hub to improve conditions for cyclists. The bid is one of the most ambitious projects of its kind for cycling in London.
The GLA is yet to notify exactly which projects will be funded.
Proposals contained in Kingston’s winning bid include:
- A landmark project for a fixed, cycle-only boardway on the banks of the river between Thameside near John Lewis to Queens Promenade at Town End Parade, with improved boat moorings;
- A new transformed plaza outside Kingston railway station to create more space for cyclists and pedestrians;
- A new town square at Surbiton station, created by relocating the taxi rank and car park;
- Cycling ‘superhubs’ at Kingston and Surbiton railway stations, with parking spaces for 750 bikes initially (with future plans to add 1,500 more spaces at Surbiton station and a third 1,000-space hub in Kingston town centre);
- a Dutch-style roundabout at the Fountain, New Malden with segregated cycle lanes;
- A ‘bike bypass’ on Kingston’s ring road at Wheatfield Way - a 750-metre segregated cycle lane from the railway station to Denmark Road;
- A new cycle route and footpath between New Malden and Raynes Park with connections to central London.
Cllr Simon James said:
“As the Lead Member for this project I’m excited that our hard work has paid off. This is great news for Kingston and for cyclists and I want to thank all the people who have worked on this over the last year, it couldn’t have happened without the hard work of our dedicated officers and the support of local people and cycling campaign groups.”
“This will transform our Borough, providing a real boost for cycling. It will also benefit both pedestrians and motorists by increasing segregation and reducing the potential for conflict. Liberal Democrats are leading the way in promoting cycling in Kingston by delivering real investment and innovation.”
Cllr Liz Green said:
“We are a cycle-loving borough with a proud cycling heritage so naturally we are delighted to have secured funding to transform cycling infrastructure in Kingston in the coming years.”
“Liberal Democrats secured the participation of Kingston as an Olympic Borough and last year residents witnessed Lizzie Armistead and Sir Bradley Wiggins on their way to winning medals. Determined to capture the special atmosphere of that day and build a sustainable Olympic legacy, last year we hosted the RideLondon 100 and Classic events. The people of Kingston embraced this event and we look forward to welcoming RideLondon again this August. We also secured funding for a new cycle track in Chessington to increase disabled participation.”