Traffic congestion and difficulties finding parking are on the rise nationally, with Kingston no exception. They are issues that Berrylands residents raise frequently with us on the doorstep. While there are no quick fixes to the overall problems, there are tools we can use to tackle them at a local level.
Residents on the Alpha Road Estate have noticed a new arrival in recent months. A bright red Little Free Library now stands on Hobill Walk between the Normandie and Cranleigh buildings.
The project was sponsored by Alpha Road Estate resident and Conservative campaigner, Nicholas Rogers, who said:
Reading has been one of the joys of my life and I wanted to share that with the Alpha Road Estate through this Little Free Library. I love how the Library creates a community feel – it is used regularly by people of all ages. A few people worried that it would be vandalised but, months later, it’s still here and is a visible success, showing that it’s valued by local residents.
We want to set up other Little Free Libraries around the local area and create a network of Library organisers. We are looking for people from the community interested in getting involved, so if you love books and reading and would like to find out more, email Nicholas at email@example.com
Conservative-backed Crossrail 2 will double the frequency of services to London and reduce peak overcrowding.
Transport for London has release updated proposals for Crossrail 2 service, including a new factsheet about the impact on New Malden. A further ten trains per hour would stop at New Malden before fanning out to serve Norbiton and Kingston, or Berrylands and Surbiton. The Malden Manor, Tolworth and Chessington branch through Motspur Park would also see a substantially improved service.
However, the level crossing at Elm Road New Malden would have to be closed (or replaced by a bridge or tunnel) as it would not be practical or safe with so many trains.