Walton Bridge cycling links path
- What has been built?
- Is it finished?
- What monitoring is being undertaken?
- Why has it been built?
- What consultation was there prior to construction?
- What skills do I need to cycle along the paths?
- Why do some people still cycle along the road when there is an adjacent cycle path?
- Can I drop off or unload on the new yellow lines along Terrace Road?
1. What has been built?
A cycle path, mostly on each side of the road, that links into the cycle path on Walton Bridge. The cycle path is mostly separate from the main road. North of the Thames, the cycle path runs along Walton Bridge Road and Gaston Bridge Road, to join the existing cycle lanes on the Upper Halliford Bypass. South of the Thames, the cycle path runs along Hepworth Way, through Walton town centre and along Terrace Road join to the Leisure Centre cycle path at Waterside Drive.
At the bottom of this page you can download an information leaflet about the route.
The cycle path has been created by widening the pavement, with a new surface laid across the whole width of the path.
The outside of the path, nearest the road, is designated for people riding cycles and the inside is for people walking. The two sides are divided using studs. At some points, such as on the approach to bus stops and in Walton town centre, the studs are discontinued to allow people walking and cycling to pass each other more easily. Blue signs on bollards have been installed at various points along the route, so people joining it know it is for both pedestrians and cyclists. At side roads, 'road tables' have been installed to improve crossing safety for people walking and cycling.
There are also some new or improved crossings of the main roads:
- A toucan crossing at Gaston Bridge
- A toucan signal crossing on the south side of Walton Bridge, across Walton Bridge Road. This provides a safe crossing for both pedestrians and cyclists.
- A new pedestrian crossing across Oatlands Drive at the same junction.
- The pedestrian lights at the Walton town centre crossroads are now toucan signal crossings so people can cycle across as well as walk across.
- A new zebra crossing outside Grovelands School.
2. Is it finished?
The proposed public realm improvements at the Terrace Road shopping parade currently remain unbuilt as there is no budget for them. If there is any change in the situation an update will appear here.
3. What monitoring of the cycle path is being undertaken?
An update on the scheme was reported to Elmbridge Local Committee in June 2016 and set out some of the early results including:
- number of people cycling on the cycle track and in the road
- number of people walking
- vehicles volumes and speeds
- cyclist and pedestrian casualties
You can read more detail about the results by downloading the Committee report (PDF).
4. Why has it been built?
There are three reasons why the cycle path has been built:
- There have been a high number of injuries to cyclists along this length of road and the cycle path will help to reduce the number.
- Many people who would like to cycle for local journeys to the shops, school or to visit friends, are put off by the thought of cycling along main roads with lots of traffic.
- The cycle paths across Walton Bridge are now better linked for local journeys..
Funding was secured through a bidding competition to central government, local councillors have approved the scheme and there has been public consultation on the initial design. The report seeking council Cabinet Member approval to the bid (containing the original bid document) can be found via the following link:
- Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment Decisions: (see item 5)
For the local committee reports, please follow these links:
- Spelthorne Local Committee report: (see item 41/13)
- Elmbridge Local Committee report: (see item 16/13)
5. What consultation was there prior to construction ?
A 30 day public consultation exercise was undertaken from 9 July to 19 August 2013. This included the following:
- Website showing the proposals with an electronic feedback form.
- Two-day exhibition on Friday 26 July and Saturday 27 July 2013 at Walton Library and a one day exhibition on Saturday 3 August at Shepperton Library. This included exhibition boards describing the scheme design and a feedback form. Officers were in attendance to answer questions on the proposals.
- Leaflets delivered to addresses along the route and along neighbouring roads to advise of the consultation, the exhibition and website.
- Local advertising to highlight the consultation, the exhibition and the website.
The following stakeholder groups were also contacted separately to explain the proposals and seek their comments and views.
- Walton Business Group
- Elmbridge Cycle Forum
- Local Schools
- Weybridge Society
- Excel Leisure Centre
- Shepperton Residents Association
- Surrey Police Road Safety and Traffic Management Team
The report of the consultation can be downloaded from the bottom of this webpage.
6. What skills do I need to cycle along the path?
If you are nervous of cycling on the main road, the cycle path will help you to get around locally. But riding along a cycle path is more likely to bring you into close proximity with people walking, so please remember the following skills:
- Be courteous and patient with pedestrians and other path users who are moving more slowly than you – cycle paths are for sharing, not speeding.
- Give way to people walking and using wheelchairs, passing carefully, especially when approaching from behind.
- Stay observant at junctions and driveway exits.
- Keep to your side of the dividing studs.
- Carry a bell and use it or give an audible greeting – avoid surprising people. However, don't assume people can see or hear you – remember that some people are hard of hearing or visually impaired.
If you cycle dangerously or carelessly on a cycle path, or a road, then you may be committing an offence under sections 28 and 29 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
Anywhere there are the white 'Give Way' markings across the cycle path, you need to slow down, check for traffic approaching or about to turn across you and then only proceed if it is clear. If it isn't clear, then stop and wait for the traffic to pass. In many places where cycle paths cross roads there are 'speed tables', designed to keep speeds low on the road and improving the safety and convenience for people walking and cycling along the path.
7. Why do some people still cycle on the road where there is an adjacent cycle path?
Cycle paths aren't intended for high speed cycling – they are designed for sharing with people walking. Of course, all cyclists are still welcome to use cycle paths but need to use the right skills and that includes cycling at a lower speed.
In order to maintain a higher speed, some people – such as sports cyclists and high-speed commuters – will continue to use the road even if it is next to a cycle path. This is permitted under the Highway Code, which says, "use of these facilities [cycle routes] is not compulsory and will depend on your experience and skills, but they can make your journey safer". So there is no law that says you must use a cycle path.
How do I overtake a cyclist who's using the road?
National Standard cycle training teaches people not to ride in the gutter, but to ride further out to avoid debris and to be better seen. So whilst driving you should expect to see people cycling in the traffic stream. The Highway Code rule 163 says "give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car".
8. Can I still drop off or unload on the new yellow lines along Terrace Road?
Yes, even on the double yellow lines you can still drop off, pick up, load or unload. However, you cannot do that on the zig-zag marking at the zebra crossing outside Grovelands School.
It is an offence under section 21 of the Highways Act 1988 to park on the cycle path. You can receive a ticket and fine for doing so.