2018 is turning into a busy year for Kingston’s Mini-Holland (Go Cycle) schemes. Since our last update in April:
- Main works have finished on the Surbiton links and the Kingston Vale ‘quietway’;
- construction has continued at Kingston Station and Wheatfield Way; and
- works have started at Kingston High Street.
Kingston High Street – construction has only recently started (in May) but already a huge amount of progress has been made as the council plan to finish main carriageway works in time for Ride London on 29 July 2018. As we’ve said before, this scheme is a natural extension of the very successful Portsmouth Road scheme and will allow cyclists to be segregated along Kingston High Street until just North of the roundabout with Kingston Hall Road. In the future, we would like the council to consider reducing motor traffic on the North part of Kingston High Street – the recent High Street works showed what a pleasant route this could be for pedestrians and those on bikes if motor traffic was restricted here.
Kingston High Street works
Kingston Station – construction has made swifter progress recently and the extended paving outside the station is almost complete. Works have now moved across to Richmond Road (outside Tesco Express) to add new carriageway paving. Although we are pleased to see that the motor traffic lanes have been narrowed and the station plaza is now much larger, we are still disappointed that so much of the mini-Holland budget (as well as so much of the Council’s efforts) have been spent on public realm enhancements whilst not making substantial improvements to walking or cycling directly outside the station.
As the Kingston Station scheme continues, we look forward to the Richmond Road works being completed as this will include relaying the 2-way cycleway with a new surface under the railway bridge. We also look forward to the (hopefully imminent) introduction of the 20 mph limit on the one-way system outside the station which was part of the original consultation and could help to calm motor traffic through the area.
In other changes in the area, the shared pedestrian/cycle bridge over the one-way system at the junction of Wood Street and Kingsgate Road was successfully removed in April ready for a much wider bridge to be installed. We also understand that the design and planning of the 250 space cycle hub at the station continues to progress.
Wheatfield Way – construction has continued from College Roundabout and is almost complete up to the junction with Brook Street. Work now continues from Brook Street towards the Orchard Road junction.
New 3m wide 2-way cycle track being installed on Wheatfield Way
As above, Kingston High Street works are being completed quickly and should be finished over the next few months. Wheatfield Way works will continue over the course of the year, as will the Kingston Station works. The next two schemes we are looking forward to starting are the Kingston Vale (main route) and the New Malden to Raynes Park (mainly) off-road route. We understand that the Kingston Vale design is being finalised and construction could start later this year. On New Malden to Raynes Park, planning permission has now been granted by both Kingston and Merton councils so subject to Thames Water approvals, meeting the planning conditions and any final Transport for London approvals required, construction could also start later this year.
Pyl brook Path
Sunday 3rd June.A mostly warm, Sunny day saw 24 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth & Greenway, West Ewell, Epsom, Epsom downs, Burgh Heath, Banstead, to Woodmansterne for lunch at the ‘Woodman’, -very good apart from a minor hiccup with our Leaders lunch, ;-( -then Clockhouse, Woodcote Garden village, South Beddington, to Beddington Park for Tea & BP at a very busy ‘Pavilion Cafe’, Hackbridge, Wrythe Green, Benhilton, Pyl Brook path, Sir Joseph Hood Park, Motspur park, New Malden, Berrylands, the Grove to Kingston. Total 29 Miles, thanks to Will & Steve D for Back marking and many others for marking corners, thanks to John for the Bread pudding.
Thames Towpath, Staines
Sunday 27th May. A mostly warm Sunny day, without any of the predicted ‘thunder Showers’, (thankfully), saw 23 Cyclists leave via the Portsmouth Rd track, Giggs hill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton on Thames, Ashley Park, Walton Bridge, Shepperton, Chertsey Bridge, Chertsey, Thorpe Village, to Thorpe Green for lunch at a very hospitable ‘Rose & Crown’, then Stroude Cycle path, Egham Hythe, Staines Bridge, Staines Riverside, Thames Towpath, Laleham, Shepperton, Haliford, to Sunbury & the ‘Walled Garden’, for Tea & BP, Lower Sunbury, Hampton, Bushy Park, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 32 Miles, 2 new Faces, thanks to Will & Mike for Back marking duties, & others for watching corners, special thanks to John for the Bread pudding.
Wednesday 23rd May, a mostly bright evening saw a Bakers dozen, (13 Cyclists), leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Southborough, Long Ditton, Claygate, Esher to Esher green for refreshments at the ‘Wheatsheaf’, -with a very amusing Barman not happy that we weren’t on a Charity ride-, even threatening to take some drinks back, then Weston Green, Thames Ditton, Portsmouth Rd, (with the extension to the Cycle track, along the High St making steady progress. Total 13 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Steve J for Back marking duties.
Gatton Park, view
Sunday 13th May. a Cloudy morning, with some Sun later, saw 15 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth greenway, West Ewell, Hogsmill path with added ‘fun runners’, St. Ebba’s path, Manor Park, Woodcote, Headley, Pebblecombe- with many of the group having the chance to do some Train spotting at the Level crossing-, Betchworth, to Leigh for lunch at the ever reliable Plough,- to find that 1 extra person had missed the start, taken an alternative route via Epsom, and saved the best table for the greater party, thanks Steve-, then Flanchford, Reigate, Wray Common, Gatton Park, Gatton, Chipstead, to Banstead for Tea & BP at Pistachios, Belmont, Sutton, North Cheam, Motspur park, New Malden, Berrylands, to Kingston. Total 41 Miles, thanks again to John E for back marking, & many others for marking corners, thanks to John D, back from his travels, for the Bread Pudding.
Wednesday 25th April. A bright evening after a few earlier showers, and after much debate, saw 5 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton Hill, Fulwell, River Crane path, Twickenham, with the first option now closed & covered in Scaffolding, to the Royal Oak for refreshments, then Twickenham, town, Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 11 Miles. Thanks to John for Back marking.
at the Shot Tower, Crane River Park
Sunday 22nd April. A bright Sunny morning, with increasing Cloud in the Afternoon, saw 20 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Hampton Wick, Teddington, Fulwell, River Crane path, Whitton, Hounslow heath, West Hounslow, Cranford, Harlington, Sipson to Harmonsworth – with the first choice Pub, the Five Bells having no food – The Crown more than filled the gap with very generous portions & very good service, then a short detour to visit the great Barn, (also known as the Cathedral of Middlesex), -with some of the group electing for an extra Tea stop-, then Harmondsworth Moor, Poyle, Stanwellmoor, Ashford,- including a new Cycle path along Town Lane-, Feltham, Hanworth, Hampton Hill to Bushy Park for Tea & BP at the ‘Pheasantry’, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 30 Miles, thanks to Bob for Back marking & Many others for marking corners, special thanks to Derek for the Bread pudding.
Sunday 8th April,a largely wet and grey day saw 20 Cyclists leave via Fairfield, Bonner Hill, Norbiton, New Malden, Malden Golf course, Copse Hill, Wimbledon village, Wimbledon Park, Earlsfield, – with a slipped Chain & A visit from the ‘P fairy’-, Wandsworth Common, Clapham Common, Larkhall, Oval, Kennington, Burgess Park, Surrey Canal Path to Peckham, for lunch at the ‘Kentish Drovers, then Camberwell, Dulwich, Brockwell Park, Tulse Hill, – with 1 of our party almost wiping the leader out-, ‘Streatham Hill, to Tooting Bec Common for Tea & BP, then Furzedown, Mitcham, Colliers Wood, Merton park, Cannon Hill, West Barnes Motspur Park, New Malden, Berrylands, to Kingston. Total 33 Miles, 4 new faces, thanks to Steve D for Back marking, & others for marking corners, thanks to Derek for the Bread pudding.
Since our last update in February, work has continued on four different Mini-Holland (Go Cycle) schemes in Kingston and Surbiton:
Wheatfield Way – following works on the pavements (moving streetlights away from the kerb), the central reservation is now starting to be dug up ready for further changes to the road. When finished, there should be a 3m wide two-way cycle track alongside the majority of Wheatfield Way from College Roundabout to the Rotunda. This should eventually link through to Surbiton and Tolworth.
Kingston Station – work on the paving outside the station continues but at a slower pace now work has finished in the carriageway. However, the main activity to be visible in April will be the removal of the shared pedestrian/cycle bridge over the one-way system at the junction of Wood Street and Kingsgate Road. This bridge was due to close today (3 April) and will be removed during the weekend of 14/15 April. Work will then be undertaken on the surrounding area, ready for a much wider bridge to be installed and opened. We understand that the new bridge will take at least six months to be ready so cyclists will be diverted to use Wood Street; Dolphin Street and Fife Road during this time (see this map for further details).
Narrow shared bridge to be replaced
Kingston Vale ‘quietway’ – work on amending the modal filters (preventing motor traffic from going in both directions but allowing cyclists through) has continued. We await construction on the main Kingston Vale route which will hopefully follow later this year.
Surbiton links – work on these is almost complete. This includes the segregated path on St Marks Hill (heading up the hill); the segregated two-way path on Claremont Road (from Maple Road to The Crescent) and minor works on Avenue Elmers and The Crescent. One of the final major works was the Maple Road/Claremont Road/Surbiton Crescent junction. The new traffic signals are now switched on at this junction allowing cyclists to use each of the crossings on all arms of the junction. Shared space surrounds each corner of the junction allowing cyclists to access the other Surbiton ‘links’ (Avenue Elmers; Surbiton Crescent; and Claremont Road track). Resurfacing of the junction and adding line markings and signage should be completed during April.
Upgraded Maple Road/Claremont Road/Surbiton Crescent junction
Finally, more and more cycle specific signage is being installed as route sections are completed. To ensure the routes will be identifiable; clearly marked; and easily understood, the Council have worked with Transport for London (TfL) to apply the ‘Quietway’ signage to the routes so far. Quietway 19 is being used for Portsmouth Road and Quietway 20 has been used so far for the Surbiton ‘links’. We expect that, when everything is finished, Quietway 20 will extend from Kingston all the way to Tolworth. We hope TfL will be adding these to their Quietways pages soon to help cyclists find these routes.
We continue to work with Kingston Council to identify any issues with proposed designs as well as to feedback back any comments on routes constructed. If you have any comments that you would like to share with us, then please add them at the bottom of this page or contact us directly.
Littleworth Common/ Claygate
Sunday 18th March. Part 1, with 3 Cyclist’s having missed the information that part 1 had been cancelled, due to the freezing temperature, thanks to Derek for leading an impromptu ride around a somewhat Muddy Bushy Park, then Surbiton for lunch at ‘Wags & Tails’, then back to Kingston.
Part 2, farewell to 1 & welcoming 4 fresh, brave faces, with the Temperature just above 0deg C, so 6 Cyclists left via Kingston Bridge, Thames Towpath to Hampton Court, East Molesey, Esher, a ‘slippery’ Littleworth Common, Claygate, to Long Ditton for Tea & BP at Squires Garden centre, Long Ditton, Surbiton to Kingston. Total 12 Miles, thanks to John E for Back marking, thanks to a ‘Peddestrian’ John D for the Bread pudding.
Helpful hint: Anyone who suffers with Cold Toes or feet, try wrapping them in Tin foil, thanks to Ken for that.