Kingston wins share of £100m Mayor of London cycle funding for 'mini Holland' project

Kingston's superskyway could now be a reality after the town won the bid for funding

Kingston's superskyway could now be a reality after the town won the bid for funding

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Kingston has won a bid to turn the borough into a 'mini-Holland' cycling haven as part of a £100m initiative by the Mayor of London.

The announcement was made at City Hall in London this morning.

Kingston is one of three winners, along with Enfield and Waltham Forest, who will now share a £100m pot to turn their boroughs into cycle friendly districts with a series of innovations.

Each winning applicant will receive up to £30m to turn its vision for cycling into a reality, with the remaining £10m to be divided between four other shortlisted boroughs, including Richmond and Merton.

The Greater London Authority will be writing to the winners within the next two weeks informing them of how it wants the money spent, based on their applications.

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Yes: The 700m Thames Boardwalk will almost certainly be built following Kingston's winning bid

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Maybe: The proposed Superskyway (above and below) next to Kingston Bridge is also a possibility

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Kingston's application included an elevated 'superskyway' cycle bridge over the Thames, as well as a 700-metre boardway along the river.

There were also radical plans to turn the front of Kingston station into a pedestrian and cyclist only plaza, with car traffic passing underground through a newly-built underpass.

The underpass proposal has already been written off, as it is likely to cost about £40m - more than the bid money itself.

But the idea to transform the front of the station is still a priority.

Councillor Simon James, lead member for transport, said it was almost certain the boardway idea would go ahead, as mayor Boris Johnson mentioned it in his speech at City Hall today.

He said: "I don't think that would have been in his speech if he didn't want it.

"The whole underpass thing isn't going to happen, but this money will allow a lot more at the station and make access to the town centre much better.

"The plaza and the boardway are in the yes category - as for the rest we'll have to wait and see."

New cycling routes connecting Kingston town centre with Surbiton and New Malden are also on the cards.

At the launch, Kingston Council leader Liz Green said: "We are a cycle-loving borough. So we are naturally delighted to have secured funding through the Mini Holland initiative to transform cycling infrastructure in Kingston in the coming years.

"We have many innovative plans including landmark projects, major network improvements and a range of complementary measures."

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Not quite: Kingston station will still get a new plaza, but not the proposed underpass. Above how the underpass plaza would have looked

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Artist's impressions of the now abandoned plan for an underpass below Kingston Plaza

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Hopes are still high that Surbiton station will also get a new plaza and cycle hub as part of the successful bid

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New cycle routes connecting Kingston with New Malden and Surbiton are likely to be built

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12:24pm Mon 10 Mar 14

FSD2013 says...

Let's hope this doesn't go the same way as Tolworth Greenway and there is some real consultation with the local residents, road, cyclepath and footpath users!
Let's hope this doesn't go the same way as Tolworth Greenway and there is some real consultation with the local residents, road, cyclepath and footpath users! FSD2013
  • Score: -7

1:58pm Mon 10 Mar 14

reesmf says...

The devil may be in the detail but this is clearly good news for Kingston, and not just for cyclists either. Separating bikes from pedestrians and reducing the number of cars will benefit everybody.
The devil may be in the detail but this is clearly good news for Kingston, and not just for cyclists either. Separating bikes from pedestrians and reducing the number of cars will benefit everybody. reesmf
  • Score: 21

4:19pm Mon 10 Mar 14

pinky107 says...

don't use the same designer of the tolworth greenway rubbish !!!!
though the money world be better spent filling in pot holes and other road problems rather than some cycle route thing that wont get used much and will end up being negelcted in its upkeep .
waste of money to be honest , when there are so many places for cyclists to go to , instead of building all this for the sake of a handful of users when the car traffic will get worse .
don't use the same designer of the tolworth greenway rubbish !!!! though the money world be better spent filling in pot holes and other road problems rather than some cycle route thing that wont get used much and will end up being negelcted in its upkeep . waste of money to be honest , when there are so many places for cyclists to go to , instead of building all this for the sake of a handful of users when the car traffic will get worse . pinky107
  • Score: -10

4:24pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Tony from Surbiton says...

It's great that Boris is giving some money to the outer boroughs, unlike Ken Livingstone. We just need Kingston Council to spend it wisely now!
It's great that Boris is giving some money to the outer boroughs, unlike Ken Livingstone. We just need Kingston Council to spend it wisely now! Tony from Surbiton
  • Score: 0

4:57pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Tobermory says...

Please, please, please do not waste this money on vanity projects!!! The boadwalk is a joke it will be filled with drinkers sitting by the river and walkers. Speak to cyclists we know whay we want!!
Please, please, please do not waste this money on vanity projects!!! The boadwalk is a joke it will be filled with drinkers sitting by the river and walkers. Speak to cyclists we know whay we want!! Tobermory
  • Score: -8

5:24pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Marple says...

Tobermory is right - £30m is a complete misuse of taxpayers money- as far as Kingston Borough is concerned
We do not need mini Hollands in Kingston , when this Council says that there is no money to repair our potholes/ repair cracked footpaths,maintain our roads/housing /off street parking/ day centres for the elderly/vulnerable etc., RBK having to sell off their property assets in order to save money
etc. Smallest Borough in London -highest Council tax. Bottle necks in the Borough because of poor traffic management.
The last thing we need is fancy pontoons on the Thames for recreational cyclists, elaborate cycle lanes taking up the room for vehicles ,public transport and emergency services on already crowded roads
Unfortunately the word ' Priorities ' does not seem to take priority in this
Council's vocabulary - mores the pity
.
Tobermory is right - £30m is a complete misuse of taxpayers money- as far as Kingston Borough is concerned We do not need mini Hollands in Kingston , when this Council says that there is no money to repair our potholes/ repair cracked footpaths,maintain our roads/housing /off street parking/ day centres for the elderly/vulnerable etc., RBK having to sell off their property assets in order to save money etc. Smallest Borough in London -highest Council tax. Bottle necks in the Borough because of poor traffic management. The last thing we need is fancy pontoons on the Thames for recreational cyclists, elaborate cycle lanes taking up the room for vehicles ,public transport and emergency services on already crowded roads Unfortunately the word ' Priorities ' does not seem to take priority in this Council's vocabulary - mores the pity . Marple
  • Score: -4

12:44am Tue 11 Mar 14

Sinjin says...

If the RBK wants to create a nicer environment for cyclists and consequentially for most others who care about their local area then they could start by clearing up the streets and cracking down on those who actively pollute. I'm sure years of neglect have run up a bill of more than £33million. Better road surface would surely be the most common sense priority. A change of mindsets are needed, not plasters on sore thumbs. Fix whats broken first, don't add more just to rot away! A two-wheeler.
If the RBK wants to create a nicer environment for cyclists and consequentially for most others who care about their local area then they could start by clearing up the streets and cracking down on those who actively pollute. I'm sure years of neglect have run up a bill of more than £33million. Better road surface would surely be the most common sense priority. A change of mindsets are needed, not plasters on sore thumbs. Fix whats broken first, don't add more just to rot away! A two-wheeler. Sinjin
  • Score: 0

3:14pm Tue 11 Mar 14

bluelemmy says...

This money should not be used for recreational cyclists, it should be used to encourage and facilitate the use of bicycles as normal everyday practical transport. That is what a mini Holland would be.

The lycra thugs, whom as a cyclist I dislike as much as any car driver (I am a car driver, too) or pedestrian have Richmond Park to do their bullying.

I fear that we will end up with £30m spent on 'look what we've done for cyclists' vanity projects for the council.
This money should not be used for recreational cyclists, it should be used to encourage and facilitate the use of bicycles as normal everyday practical transport. That is what a mini Holland would be. The lycra thugs, whom as a cyclist I dislike as much as any car driver (I am a car driver, too) or pedestrian have Richmond Park to do their bullying. I fear that we will end up with £30m spent on 'look what we've done for cyclists' vanity projects for the council. bluelemmy
  • Score: -1

4:32pm Tue 11 Mar 14

bystander tolworth says...

when cyclists contribute by means of taxation, in the same way that car drivers/motorcyclist
s do, should they be given so much consideration. They should be forced to take a test, again in the same way that car drivers/motorcyclist
s do, and then we might (some hope) get them to observe red lights. They should also be forced, as are motorcyclists, to wear a helmet. Go ahead and give me the thumbs down vote as much as you want but until cyclists are forced to undergo the same things as car drivers/ motorcyclists have to should they be given equal weighting in traffic matters
when cyclists contribute by means of taxation, in the same way that car drivers/motorcyclist s do, should they be given so much consideration. They should be forced to take a test, again in the same way that car drivers/motorcyclist s do, and then we might (some hope) get them to observe red lights. They should also be forced, as are motorcyclists, to wear a helmet. Go ahead and give me the thumbs down vote as much as you want but until cyclists are forced to undergo the same things as car drivers/ motorcyclists have to should they be given equal weighting in traffic matters bystander tolworth
  • Score: -4

4:58pm Tue 11 Mar 14

chramies says...

When are we going to see an end to this "when cyclists contribute by means of taxation" nonsense? In what world do cyclists not pay income tax, council tax and VAT? I agree that cyclists should observe red lights and other safety procedures but mostly for their own safety: a predictable road user is largely a safe one.
However I don't like the look of that cycleway suspended over the water. This is England we're talking about. People get drunk. People mess about and threaten (sometimes not just threaten) to push cyclists into the water.
When are we going to see an end to this "when cyclists contribute by means of taxation" nonsense? In what world do cyclists not pay income tax, council tax and VAT? I agree that cyclists should observe red lights and other safety procedures but mostly for their own safety: a predictable road user is largely a safe one. However I don't like the look of that cycleway suspended over the water. This is England we're talking about. People get drunk. People mess about and threaten (sometimes not just threaten) to push cyclists into the water. chramies
  • Score: 4

8:20pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Sinjin says...

This is what I mean by mindsets. Most cyclists drive cars, and most roads were built and advocated for by cyclists before the car was even invented. So get it into perspective because cars are a menace. Until car drivers who dont ride bikes actually realise they don't own the roads, and stop fighting each other and driving impatiently because they are late home to watch Eastenders or get to the pub or some other lethargic activity then nothing will change. Get over to the continent and see how civilised nations behave!
This is what I mean by mindsets. Most cyclists drive cars, and most roads were built and advocated for by cyclists before the car was even invented. So get it into perspective because cars are a menace. Until car drivers who dont ride bikes actually realise they don't own the roads, and stop fighting each other and driving impatiently because they are late home to watch Eastenders or get to the pub or some other lethargic activity then nothing will change. Get over to the continent and see how civilised nations behave! Sinjin
  • Score: 8

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