First phase of Kingston Council's £30m mini-Holland scheme completed

Kingston Council's £30m mini-Holland scheme will be officially opened this weekend after the first phase of the cycling programme was completed.

The major works to transform the one mile stretch in Portsmouth Road to include cycle super highways and improved pedestrian access has finally been completed after 15 months of work. Officially branded Go Cycle by the council, the scheme has been dubbed 'mini-Holland' for its European-style cycling tracks.

The improvements completed include a two-way segregated cycle track from the town centre towards Surbiton and Elmbridge, increased pedestrian crossings and access to the riverfront and landscaping, seating and stone paving on the Queen's Promenade. Works are also underway at Kingston station to transform walking and cycling links between the town centre, along with a segregated cycle lane on St Mark's Hill.

A 'family fun' day will be held on Saturday in Portsmouth Road to celebrate the completion of the first phase, including face painting, a bike market, cycle rides and penny farthing displays.

But the mini-Holland plans have suffered setbacks since the council was granted funding for the project in 2014. Most recently, the council was forced to abandon plans to remove the Fountain Roundabout in New Malden amid fierce resident protests.

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