Mini-Holland (Go Cycle) – October 2018 update

Progress continues on a large number of different Mini-Holland schemes in Kingston town centre. The main progress since our last update in June has been:

  • The Kingston High Street scheme has finished;
  • Works continue on Wheatfield Way;
  • The Kingston Station plaza is almost complete;
  • Work has commenced on the New Malden to Raynes Park scheme; and
  • Work has started on the main Kingston Vale route.

Kingston High Street – construction has now (subject to a couple of snagging points) been completed. This high quality scheme extends the very successful Portsmouth Road segregated 2-way cycle track onto Kingston High Street until just after its junction with Kingston Hall Road. As a next step, we would like motor traffic to be restricted on the North part of Kingston High Street (between Kingston Hall Road and the Market Place) to finish this link into Kingston town centre. We have also asked the Council to review loading bays and the times when loading is allowed before they are placed next to/on cycle tracks; we understand that this is now being looked at for future schemes and is also being monitored on completed schemes.

Wheatfield Way – construction of the 3m wide 2-way cycle track between College Roundabout and the junction with Brook Street has been completed (signage/paint markings to be added). Work has recently been taking place at the Clarence Street/Old London Road junction (next to Wilko’s); Fairfield North junction (next to Fairfield Bus Station) and Brook Street junction. As per our last newsletter, we have been disappointed in some of the Wheatfield Way works and have been discussing with the Council the improvements that should be made. In good news, the Council has agreed to amend the shared island at the Clarence Street junction to allow easier and safer access by people on bikes. The Council is also looking at improvements to the Brook Street junction too. Unfortunately, despite these improvements, the scheme as a whole will still have a number of areas of shared use areas for pedestrians and people on bikes at junctions. We understand that this is due to TfL not allowing segregated space at junctions due to impacts shown in traffic modelling. We also await confirmation of when the consulted 20mph limit will be implemented on Wheatfield Way.

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Wheatfield Way segregated 2-way cycle track between Brook Street and College Roundabout

Kingston Station – construction of the plaza directly outside of the station has almost finished. The Station works have also included re-laying the 2-way cycle track underneath the railway bridge on Richmond Road to provide a much smoother surface than before. Works on this scheme are now focussed on Wood Street to get ready for the replacement pedestrian and cyclist bridge to be installed over Kingsgate Road in Spring 2019. We have also heard that the ‘Beacon’ planned for the station plaza has been cancelled. We welcome this decision as the savings from this will be reinvested in other Mini-Holland schemes which offer greater benefits for people on bikes (and pedestrians) than the Beacon would have done.

New Malden to Raynes Park – construction of this new route has now commenced. People on bikes and pedestrians will have their own separate paths from New Malden to Raynes Park Recreation Ground where the route will then connect into current cycle routes (which we hope will be improved by Merton Council in due course!). It is great to see construction start on this scheme and we are already looking forward to it being finished.

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Current state of New Malden to Raynes Park route

Kingston Vale – construction on the main part of this route has also finally started! Kingston Vale is the longest individual scheme of all the Mini-Holland schemes and reaches from Kingston town centre all the way through to the Robin Hood junction on the A3. On its way it will connect numerous shops, schools, Kingston Hospital and Kingston University’s Kingston Hill campus. Work has started between Derwent Avenue and Warren Road and will include the installation of new zebra crossings (replacing informal ‘refuges’), new kerbs where these are needed and, for most of this section, the installation of Orcas (or an equivalent) to separate people on bikes from motor traffic. Orcas have been successfully used in many cycle schemes already in London and provide semi-segregation for cyclists from motor traffic. Although we would have preferred full segregation along the whole length of the route, the cost of this would have meant that other Mini-Holland schemes would not have been possible. To supplement the Orca installation, the Council will also be looking at putting in ‘wands’ and segregation islands where these are needed on the route.

What’s next

As above, there are a lot of schemes now in progress. Works will continue this year and into 2019 on the Kingston Station scheme; Wheatfield Way; New Malden to Raynes Park and Kingston Vale. 2019 should also see the start of works on Penrhyn Road, linking the Wheatfield Way scheme with Surbiton (passing the main Kingston University campus on its way).

Kingston Cycling Campaign will continue to ask the Council for any improvements needed to schemes. If you have any comments on the Mini-Holland schemes proposed or currently in construction, please let us know.

 

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Challenge ride to Downe

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Kelsey Park, Beckenham

Sunday 7th October. A mostly Sunny day saw 22 Cyclists leave via Motspur park, Joseph Hood Park, North Cheam, Sutton, Wrythe green, Beddington Park -collecting 1 more ‘late starter’-, Waddon, West Croydon, Heavers Meadow, Woodside Green, Shirley, West Wickham, Coney hall, Keston, (with the 1st victim of the ‘P fairy’), to Downe for lunch spread over 3 venues, a local Cafe, the ‘George & Dragon’, & the ‘Queens Head’, then via High Elms, Farnborough, Orpington, Petts wood, Southborough (with the 2nd visit from the ‘P fairy’), Bromley, to Kelsey Park for Tea & BP, Elmers end, South Norwood country Park, -a little too much of South Norwood, 😉 Heavers Meadow, Thornton Heath, Pollards Hill, Mitcham, Morden Hall Park, Morden, Raynes park to New Malden. Total 46 Miles, 1 new face, 2 victims of the ‘P Fairy’, thanks to John E for back marking, & many others for marking corners, Thanks to John D for the Bread pudding.

Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/699556

Midweek ride to Send Marsh

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Basingstoke Canal towpath

Wednesday 3rd October. A bright largely Sunny day, saw 18 Cyclists on the inaugural KCC Midweek ride leave via Portsmouth Rd, Long Ditton, Hinchley wood, Esher, Fairmile Common, Fairmile estate, Cobham, Hatchford, Ockham, Ripley to Send Marsh for lunch at the ‘Saddlers Arms’, then Newark Lane, Pyrford, West Byfleet, Basingstoke Canal & Wey navigation Towpath’s, Brooklands Park, Weybridge, Burwood Park, to Hersham Garden centre for Refreshments, Hersham, Esher, Thames Ditton, Portsmouth Rd to Kingston. Total 33 Miles, 3 new faces, thanks to Will for back marking & many others for marking corners.

Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/90179

2 part ride toNew Malden & Richmond Park

Sunday 23rd September, Part 1. A very wet grey Morning saw just 2 brave or perhaps idiotic Cyclists, take the courageous decision to go for an extended Coffee break, as they locked the Bikes a 3rd Cyclist, belatedly arrived, (from South of the Borough), but the decision had been made, with the Skies lightening somewhat after an Hour, still with light Drizzle, the 3 set off via Cranes park, Berrylands, to New Malden for a very good lunch at Woodies, returning via Norbiton & Bonner Hill to Kingston. Sub total 6 Miles.

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Bushy Park, with the Canal in the distance

Part 2 It could almost be a different world, with a bright, mostly Sunny afternoon, 9 fresh- fairweather– Cyclists joined the dampened flock, so 12 Cyclists left via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton hill, Teddington, Teddington Lock footbridge, Ham, Ham gate of Richmond Park, White lodge to Roehampton gate Cafe, for Tea & BP, then Robin hood, Pen Ponds, Ham cross, Kingston gate, to Kingston. Sub total 14 Miles, Total 20 Miles, 3 new Faces, thanks to Jon W for Back marking, thanks to John D for the Bread pudding.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/692010

Midweek rides

After receiving a few requests, we have agreed to offer a Midweek ride, initially once a month, for those with the freedom to enjoy a ride, whilst others are hard at work, starting as usual from the Ancient Market place, near the Golden Queen Anne statue, check the ‘Rides Calendar’ for details. The first ride will be on Wednesday 3rd October.

Bread pudding ride to Eton

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Windsor Castle from the Bridge Credit: Jon W

Sunday 9th September, a largely cloudy day, with some warming Sun, and a slight Headwind saw 22 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park- with 1 Stag trying unsuccessfully to cause a roadblock-, Hampton, Hanworth, Ashford, Staines-upon-Thames, Wraysbury, Datchett, Jubilee River Path to Eton for lunch at ‘the Watermans Arms’ just beating a group of Uxbridge Cyclist’s to the Bar, with 2 late starters & 1 other also tracking us down, also 1 of the morning party prefering to see the sights of Windsor, so 24 continued across Windsor Bridge, pausing briefly by Alexandra gardens to see one of Kingston’s finest exports, (a Hawker Hurricane, mounted in tribute to its designer, Sir Sidney Camm), Clewer Town, Ranger’s gate of Windsor Great Park, -with a strange rule that Cyclists must be in groups ‘no larger than six‘-, including the Village, Cumberland gate, Savill Garden, Totem pole & Virginia Water lake, then Virginia Water village, Lyne, St Anne’s Hill, Chertsey, Chertsey Bridge, Shepperton, to Halliford Garden Centre, just in time for Tea & BP, Lower Sunbury, Hampton Bushy Park, & Kingston Bridge. Total 44 Miles, thanks to Jon W for back marking & many others for corner marking, thanks to John D for the Bread Pudding.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/530830

Bread pudding ride to Greenford

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Osterley House

Sunday 18th August a mostly grey, cloudy Morning, with a Sunnier Afternoon, saw 24 Cyclists leave via Skerne Rd, Kingston gate Richmond Park, With a few Rutting Stags, briefly delaying the tail end, White Lodge, to Sheen gate, Mortlake, Chiswick Bridge, Chiswick, -with a delay whilst Chris tried unsuccessfully to catch an ‘escapee’,- Acton, North Ealing, Park Royal, then the Paddington arm of the Grand union Canal towpath, to Greenford for lunch at the Black Horse, – to find that the ‘Escapee’, had just beaten us-, 😉 with service a bit slow, because they were expecting around 200 for a Brazilian themed party & BBQ, but not many guests had appeared by the time of our departure, 😦 continuing along the Towpath to Southall, Southall Park, Norwood Green, to Osterley Park for Tea & BP, Osterley, Worton, Whitton, Fulwell, Bushy Park to Kingston. Total 30 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Steve D for back marking & many others for marking corners, thanks to John for the Bread Pudding, thanks to Lars for the Photo’s.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/77217

Evening ride toPutney Heath

Wednesday 15th August, a bright evening, with a slight breeze, saw 15 Cyclists leave via Fairfield, Bonner Hill, Mount Pleasant, New Malden, Malden Golf course, Copse Hill, Wimbledon Common to Putney Heath for refreshments at ‘the Telegraph’, then Roehampton, Roehampton gate of Richmond Park, -first Night time visit for many-, via White lodge, to Ham cross, Ham gate, Latchmere, to Kingston. Total 13 Miles, 4 new faces, thanks to John E for Back marking.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/668097