New Malden Fountain traffic scheme pulled in response to local objections
Your Conservative administration has stopped the controversial Fountain roundabout replacement in New Malden following a strong intervention by St James' Ward councillors and in response to local representations.
Whilst all of the evidence shows that the current roundabout is a potential death trap, having already been the site of one fatality, the traffic engineers' scheme, led by Transport for London, would have resulted in new rat runs and congestion in nearby streets.
There can be no doubt that the junction needs a safety overhaul. Accidents have caused personal injury on 59 occasions over 10 years and hurt 67 people, according to police records. That is someone injured every 8 weeks, and 40% of those injured have been pedestrians or cyclists.
The Fountain Roundabout scheme was one part of the wider Go Cycle programme which aims to keep Kingston moving. The programme aims to provide safer cycling and walking, while improving road safety and public spaces.
Cllr Terry Paton, the portfolio holder for the Go Cycle programme, said:
The Fountain proposal has clearly divided the community. While it would have solved many of the safety issues for cyclists, pedestrians and car users, the reality is that in our view it has not received sufficient resident support. In the meantime, we will continue to progress the remaining routes as part of the Go Cycle programme to help people travel around Kingston.