Kingston Council will invest millions of pounds to improve the borough’s road and transport network over the next three years, it has announced.
The plans aim to create safer roads and a transport network that is more inclusive and accessible to everyone, while also reducing air pollution.
Councillor Hilary Gander, portfolio holder for Environment and Sustainable Transport said: “Our plans outline a commitment to improving transport options for the community in Kingston and to reducing the negative impacts of travel on our borough. It sets out the council’s proposals to improve our transport, environment and streets.”
The Local Improvement Plan is one of the plans that was agreed at the council’s Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee (EAST) on 12 February.
It outlines how the £1.3million per year funding from Transport for London will be spent over the next three years.
£1.75 million worth of investment for roads and pavements over the next 12 months was also approved in the same meeting.
The hope is that the investment will reduce car dependency in the borough and encourage people to use more active modes of transport such as walking, cycling and public transport, which are better for the environment and people’s health.
“By delivering these improvements, we are determined that we will make Kingston a better place for everyone,” continued Gander.
The plans come in conjunction with the Mayor of London’s new Transport Strategy, which will see the implementation of an ultra-low emission zone in Central London in April this year, which also promotes the reduction of car usage.
The funding is in addition to the £32.7million Go Cycle programme, which aims to promote cycling throughout the borough.