Two new routes for Kingston Council’s £30 million Go Cycle programme have been launched for public consultation.

Public feedback is needed to improve cycling facilities, road safety and public spaces in the Kingston High Street and the New Malden to Raynes Park routes.

The Kingston High Street scheme includes plans for a two-way cycle lane connecting to the existing scheme at Portsmouth Road to the town centre.

A 1.2km walking and cycling path is proposed to provide a traffic-free route between New Malden train station and Raynes Park Recreation Ground.

This path would run parallel to the railway line, under the A3 Kingston bypass, reducing journey times for pedestrians and cyclists, and avoiding busy alternative routes.

These routes are the latest in the 10 planned developments to improve walking and cycling infrastructure in the borough.

Deputy Leader and Go Cycle portfolio lead Councillor Terry Paton said: “These are two very different Go Cycle schemes that we’re consulting on but they contain the same aim, which is to help change the way people travel by encouraging walking and cycling wherever possible.

“One route is a natural extension to the new Portsmouth Road cycle route linking it directly to the town centre and the other is a new traffic-free quietway for walking and cycling between New Malden and Raynes Park, which is a real benefit for residents in Kingston and Merton as well as commuters between the two centres."

Consultations will run from today until July 17.

Go Cycle board member Councillor Hilary Gander said: “Public engagement is a key part of helping shape the Go Cycle schemes, so I would encourage as many people as possible to please take the time to provide your ideas and thoughts on the proposals that are out for consultation.”

Public consultation events will be held as follows.

High Street

• Monday June 26 - The Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston, KT1 1HL, noon to 4pm

• Saturday July 8 - High Street, start of the Promenade/Town End, 10.30am to 2pm

New Malden to Raynes Park

• Thursday June 22 - New Malden Methodist Church,49 High Street, KT3 4BY, 2pm to 4pm

• Wednesday June 28 - Raynes Park Library, 21 Approach Road, SW20 8BA, 6pm to 8pm

• Saturday July 1 - Christ Church New Malden, 91 Coombe Road, KT3 4RE, 10am to 12noon

• Wednesday July 5 - Christ Church New Malden, 91 Coombe Road, KT3 4RE, 6pm to 8pm