Local lobbying brings safe crossing for Kingston cyclists
photo KCC A view of the junction from the existing footbridge showing work in progress on the crossing
Lobbying by Kingston Cycling Campaign has resulted in Transport for London installing a new £500,000 road crossing at the Robin Hood 'roundabout' on the A3 at Kingston Vale.
The crossing is suitable for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders, many of whom use this popular route between Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park.
Formerly, pedestrians and cyclists were forced to use a stepped footbridge over the five-lane A3.
Horse riders from the Stag Lodge Stables by Richmond Park' Robin Hood Gate relied on a member of staff holding a sign to stop traffic on the dual carriageway, one of the busiest A roads in the UK.
Crossing for horses, bikes and walkers
A new Pegasus crossing has buttons mounted high up so horse riders can press them without dismounting.
The adjacent Toucan crossing provides a more direct route for walkers, and is more suitable for cyclists and those with disabilities for whom the stepped footbridge was unsuitable.
Jon Fray of the Kingston Cycling Campaign said, “It’s a real feather in the cap of the authorities that they’ve managed to provide this crossing. For many years officials have said it couldn’t be done.
"This crossing will make Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common much more accessible for those who want to enjoy the countryside.”