Walking and cycling path is set to open up traffic-free route under the A3
You are being asked to give your views on a proposed green route encouraging more walking and cycling between Raynes Park and New Malden, which avoids the busy A3.
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.
Councillor Nick Draper, Cabinet Member for Community and Culture for Merton Council, said: "This new link includes proposals to provide a quiet, traffic-free walking and cycling route, access to educational opportunities for school children from both boroughs and importantly better accessibility to the train station avoiding the need to cross busy roads like the A3."
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 (July 5) at Christ Church New Malden. 91 Coombe Road, KT3 4RE. 6pm-8pm.
You can find out more via this link.
July 3, 2017