With over 30 million trips predicted on London’s roads by 2030 (about 20% more than today), Mayor Sadiq Khan is investing over £4bn in road improvements and increasing the Cycle Superhighway network across the city. Around £100m has been earmarked for the Mini Holland programme which will transform outer London boroughs including Kingston into cycling hubs by introducing high-spec, Dutch-style infrastructure.
Kingston’s transformation is already well underway. Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and international engineering practice Buro Happold have created an attractive forecourt designed for pedestrians and cyclists outside the train station.
An elegant new three-storey cycle storage hub next to the station has capacity for almost 400 bicycles and will soon include a workshop with free repair tools, a coffee shop and event space.
Existing infrastructure has been upgraded to connect to existing cycleways and nearby Bushy Park. Unsightly disused railway land surrounding the train station has been transformed into a linear park, and an existing bridge over the A307 has been replaced by a much wider new one that is crafted in lightweight latticed steel.
This thoughtful transport infrastructure initiative will no doubt improve the health and wellbeing of local people by encouraging them to walk and cycle along the nearby River Thames. Plus, it’s a distinctively practical step towards addressing issues of sustainability for our congested and polluted capital city.