Residents facing whole week of noisy late-night roadworks

Residents face a whole week of noisy late-night roadworks and commuter chaos as part of final construction works on one of Kingston’s main mini-Holland cycle routes.

Kingston Council has announced that final roadworks on the Portsmouth Road route, which has been undergoing construction for 15 months, will take place over five days this month from 8pm to 5am.

Residents have not been warned what date works will begin, though the council hopes to start on Monday, March 20. In November last year, the council was forced to apologise after overnight roadworks overran, causing rush hour chaos for commuters and waking up furious residents.

The roadworks are part of the council’s £33m plans to build European-styled cycle tracks across Kingston in a bid to make the borough bike-friendly. Routes are planned across New Malden, Surbiton, Kingston and Tolworth.

The scheme, called Go-Cycle by the council, has not been without controversy, with hundreds of residents complaining of a “money-making” traffic camera in Surbiton Crescent. So far more than £2m in fines have been issued.

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