As we reach the end of 2018, what has Kingston achieved on its Mini-Holland schemes this year?
New Malden to Raynes Park
This new cycle and pedestrian link (which will be fully off-road for the part in Kingston borough) started construction in the Summer and good progress seems to have been made with the sub-base being prepared for the separate cycle and pedestrian paths. When complete it will be a completely new link from Raynes Park through to New Malden station and will connect with The Cut in New Malden taking you all the way from Raynes Park to Elm Road, New Malden.
Work has been undertaken on different parts of Wheatfield Way this year with the junctions at Brook Street, Fairfield North and Clarence Street now all practically complete. We have been disappointed with the shared use designs at the junctions but have worked with the Council to get improvements made. For example, the Clarence Street junction now has a cycle ramp for cyclists to access the shared use island rather than using a dropped kerb that would often have been blocked by buses.
Kingston High Street
Kingston High Street proved what can be done in a short period of time. Following the public consultation in Summer 2017, construction on Kingston High Street started in mid May 2018 with the main segregated track being completed in early July 2018. This is the quickest scheme that has gone from ‘consultation to finished’ so far in Kingston and, although it was a relatively short scheme, shows what can be done in a short period of time.
The plaza works continued and have now finished with some small ‘snagging’ points to pick up. Although we would have preferred pedestrians and cyclists to have been segregated from each other, the plaza is now substantially larger than before the scheme was started with room taken from narrowing the carriageway. There is also now a wider cycle and pedestrian crossing from Kingston Station to Fife Road and the previously bumpy 2-way cycle track on Richmond Road underneath the railway bridge has been resurfaced too.
A segregated 2 way track was built on Claremont Road between The Crescent and the Maple Road junction with the Maple Road junction also being upgraded to have all 4 arms of the junction operating as simultaneous shared pedestrian/cycle (‘toucan’) crossings. The remaining Surbiton links have also now been completed. In the future the Tolworth to Surbiton scheme will join the Surbiton ‘links’ at St Marks Hill and the Kingston to Surbiton scheme will join at Surbiton Crescent. In the future, we would like the Council to improve the link between the Crescent and St Marks Hill as currently this is an unfortunate gap in the Go Cycle schemes.
Main construction works on the Kingston to Kingston Vale route started in October 2018 in the Kingston Vale area. The first stretch of one-way segregated track from Derwent Avenue towards the Kingston Vale University campus is now almost complete.
A lot has been done in 2018 with a highlight being the short, but high quality, Kingston High Street scheme starting and completing in just two and a half months. Other works have been mainly focussed in Kingston town centre on ‘landmark’ schemes such as Kingston Station and Wheatfield Way. However, the Kingston Vale and New Malden to Raynes Park link schemes are looking very promising as they get into full swing. Early data from Portsmouth Road has shown that high quality, separated, infrastructure can lead to large increases in cycling in Kingston so we look forward to this spreading to other parts of the Borough as other high quality schemes complete.
Our next update will share what we are expecting in 2019. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts!
Links to further information:
- General information on the GoCycle schemes
- New Malden to Raynes Park
- Wheatfield Way
- Kingston High Street
- Kingston Station
- Surbiton ‘links’
- Kingston Vale