A new cycling lane aimed at providing better links throughout Kingston-upon-Thames is in the works near Surbiton station.
The one-way lane at Saint Mark’s Hill is being built to create a network of cycle routes through the borough of Kingston. It will provide a key link between Surbiton town centre and the Kingston to Tolworth route, as part of Kingston Council’s ‘Go Cycle’ programme. The lane will stretch from Claremont Road to Church Hill Road, amounting to a quarter of a mile, going along St. Mark’s Hill road.
The lane will not affect current car traffic, strategic communications manager of Kingston council’s “Go Cycle” programme, Natalie Davison, promised: “Sufficient road width has been retained to allow two-way flow of cars, as at present.”
Kingston residents had mixed views on whether the lane is needed, with Reece Edwards calling the lane “a good thing to have to make cyclists feel comfortable on the road”, while Phil Read said “the roads were fine before and provided a good space for cyclists”, adding that “segregation of a lane doesn’t contribute to cyclists’ safety”.
While an exact date for when the lane will be opened hasn’t been set, it should be completed by the end of April, according to the Kingston Council.