At last RBK have started work on a Mini Holland scheme! It has taken a while but they commenced work on Portsmouth Rd on 9 November. Contractors will work on the southern section before Christmas. After Christmas work will start on the northern section. They will try to avoid cutting any major trees. The project will be fully segregated from north to south with a bi-directional cycle lane on the west, or river, side.
Illustration of Portsmouth Road scheme
The southern section will have fully segregated two way 3m wide cycle track at road level. They will retain the existing kerb and pavement. Separation will be by rubber/plastic recycled 1/2m kerb/buffer, 12cm high. This is straight and the road curves so it will be laid in 9 to 10m sections with gaps of 1/2 to 1m for drainage. Each junction opening will have a bollard to make it clear to motors that they should not enter.
The southern section should be structurally complete by Xmas but can not be opened until it is safe which will be some time later as entries and exits have to be secure too. There will be a temporary zebra south of the Mall. Behind the bus stops, opposite St Leonards Rd and South of Palace Rd, there will probably be a raised ramp for bikes. Buses are about 2 an hour, mostly people going into Kingston.
There will be crossings south of Cadogan Rd and north of Grove Rd. At Harts Boatyard the intention is that the cycle track will be raised above the carriageway to make motorists aware of it. The same for access at the sailing club. There will be a temporary zebra north of Palace Rd until the Toucan goes in. The southern section (south of Palace Rd) is being built by virtue of a temporary traffic order.
The northern section is as described in our post below in more detail. It comprises fully protected space for cycling with a two way 3 metre wide track continuing on the river side. There are fewer junctions on the northern section. Structurally this part is more complex and will take longer to build, in particular the new pedestrian access ways to Queens Promenade. Legally it is permanent.
The Brighton Rd junction will be the last section on which work commences, probably April or May 2016. This will probably have 3 toucans with an all red traffic phase to enable people on bikes and foot to cross. The whole facility will be complete and open for use sometime in the second half of 2016. It has the potential to be excellent; a truly protected space for bikes of 1400 metres. We look forward to it opening!