New route planned for cyclists and walkers

A public consultation wants your views on a proposed green route encouraging more walking and cycling between Merton and Kingston.

The new 1.2km walking-cycling path will open up a traffic-free route between Raynes Park Recreation Ground and New Malden Railway Station.

The path will run along Thames Water land, parallel to the railway line, passing under the A3 Kingston by-pass avoiding busy or lengthy alternative routes.

The Mayor of London and Transport for London have allocated £30 million to create new walking and cycling routes to improve safety for everyone, to upgrade public space and relieve the pressures on the transport network.

Cllr Nick Draper, Cabinet Member for Community and Culture for Merton Council, said: “This is the link between Kingston and Merton that both boroughs have needed for a long time.  It opens up green areas, makes for safer cycling and walking, and breaches the barrier of the A3.  I look forward to using it and I hope you will.”

Kingston Deputy Mayor and Go Cycle portfolio lead Councillor Terry Paton added: “Go Cycle is all about helping to change the way people travel by encouraging walking and cycling wherever possible. It also aligns with the Mayor’s Healthy Streets vision which is aimed at shifting Londoners towards healthier lifestyles and active travel choices. This scheme that has real benefits for residents in both Kingston and Merton as well as commuters using Raynes Park and New Malden.”

“Both councils have been involved in engagement events with residents and stakeholders since March 2015, taking onboard feedback about security, lighting and wildlife and the natural environment as part of shaping the designs that are out for consultation.”

The consultation will run until July 17 and you can catch the final consultation and engagement event on Wednesday 5 July 2017 at Christ Church New Malden. 91 Coombe Road, KT3 4RE. 6-8pm.

You can find out more via this link.