Multi-million pound investment to deliver road safety and environmental improvements in Kingston

Thursday February 13th, 2020

The council‘s Environmental and Sustainable Transport Committee (11 February), has agreed to invest £4.72million to further improve the borough’s road and transport network.

Members of the committee gave the go-ahead to the next stage of the Kingston Local Implementation Plan (LIP) which is a £1.3 million funding grant from Transport for London (TfL) designed to reduce air pollution while creating safer roads and a more inclusive transport network that can be accessed by everyone.
Plans to invest a further £2 million for the roads and street lights maintenance for 2020-21 was also approved. Works include pavements and road maintenance, with the council also set to invest £440,000 for street light column replacement and £972,000 on new LED street lights.
Proposals to progress to the next stages of the Go Cycle programme, which involves the construction of the Kingston to New Malden Go Cycle scheme, were also given the green light. The new route will be a two-way segregated cycle track on the north side of Cambridge Road between London Road and Chatham Road, which links with London Road, and a one-way cycle lane on each side of Cambridge Road / Kingston Road between Hawks Road and Charnwood Close.
The committee also agreed to take forward residents’ suggestions following the council’s first-ever citizens’ assembly on air quality which took place at the end of last year and will now be considered as part of the borough’s Air Quality Action Plan. Some of the ideas included; prioritising changes to planning rules and enforcement to place indoor and outdoor air quality; urgent investment in greener and accessible transport and infrastructure; increase residents’ awareness of air pollution and encourage positive behaviour change as well as speed up the transition to sustainable vehicles.

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