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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Kingston Council lays out plans for new look Portsmouth Road under Mini Holland scheme

In 2013, London boroughs were given the opportunity to bid for a share of £100 million worth of funding from the Mayor of London and Transport for London under the Mini-Holland programme.

This is a programme designed to encourage more people to cycle, more frequently and safer while providing better streets for pedestrians.

Kingston Council was one of just three authorities, the others being Waltham Forest and Enfield, who won this bid.

With an allocation of over £30 million, the council says it hopes to relieve the pressure of a growing population on the borough’s transport network by improving cycling facilities and road safety, whilst at the same time enhancing Kingston’s public spaces.

The Go Programme has two aspects
• the developments that will bring improvements in
road safety, transform cycling infrastructure and
enhance public spaces to key routes and spaces
across the borough; and
• the sustainable travel support activities that
provide information, advice and services to the
wider community encouraging the adoption of
cheaper, healthier and more sustainable travel
choices, such as cycling.

The programme aims to:
• prepare the borough to deal with future transport
demands alongside a growing population
• relieve public transport pressures by supporting
more sustainable travel choices and making better
use of existing spaces
• encourage more people to cycle and walk by
providing better and safer cycle links, footways
and crossings throughout the borough
• provide additional public spaces and attractive
features that will enhance the borough and
improve existing ones
• improve the quality of life for residents by
establishing better and safer links between key
locations, such as community facilities, workplaces,
shops, schools, attractions and open spaces

Kingston's population is expected to grow by 30% by 2050, meaning thousands more people using the roads.

The council says schemes like the above, are vital for cutting pollution and improving safety.
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