Thames Street and Social Spaces

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Kingston Council is currently working in partnership with Kingston First to support the proposed Social Spaces projects in the town centre.


This project in Thames Street aims to create more welcoming, social and accessible street environments for customers and visitors to Kingston town centre to enjoy and to support our businesses. It is hoped that temporary enhancements to the town centre will support the recovery of the local economy as we come out of lockdown, and enable local hospitality businesses to extend their outdoor eating offer.


Kingston Council will implement a closure of part of Thames Street to enable it to become a pedestrian and cycle only zone, from 10am to 5pm every day.

  • Blue Badge holders will still be able to enter the area in order to access blue badge parking bays in Bishops Hall at all times of the day.

  • Access for loading and unloading within the area will be allowed from 5pm - 10am every day.

  • We will convert two pay and display parking bays outside 23 Fife Road to blue badge parking.

  • The first part of Thames Street remains open at all times, and has loading and disabled parking bay provision.

  • The part time street closure will allow space for new planting and seating areas which are being implemented by Kingston First together with Kingston Council.


We have spoken to disability groups in Kingston and we have made sure that their views have been included in the final design, such as blue badge holders are still able to access Thames Street and to the disabled parking bays in Bishops Hall. We know how vitally important this area is for access to the riverside, shops, services and community facilities.


This scheme is an experiment and will start on 26 July. It can be in place for up to 18 months and we will be collecting your views for the first six months of the scheme. To give us your views please complete our short survey below.


You can also now tell us your views about the new planting and seating in Thames Street, Fife Road and outside Station Plaza. We would really like to hear your views, experiences and suggestions about these temporary measures.




Kingston Council is currently working in partnership with Kingston First to support the proposed Social Spaces projects in the town centre.


This project in Thames Street aims to create more welcoming, social and accessible street environments for customers and visitors to Kingston town centre to enjoy and to support our businesses. It is hoped that temporary enhancements to the town centre will support the recovery of the local economy as we come out of lockdown, and enable local hospitality businesses to extend their outdoor eating offer.


Kingston Council will implement a closure of part of Thames Street to enable it to become a pedestrian and cycle only zone, from 10am to 5pm every day.

  • Blue Badge holders will still be able to enter the area in order to access blue badge parking bays in Bishops Hall at all times of the day.

  • Access for loading and unloading within the area will be allowed from 5pm - 10am every day.

  • We will convert two pay and display parking bays outside 23 Fife Road to blue badge parking.

  • The first part of Thames Street remains open at all times, and has loading and disabled parking bay provision.

  • The part time street closure will allow space for new planting and seating areas which are being implemented by Kingston First together with Kingston Council.


We have spoken to disability groups in Kingston and we have made sure that their views have been included in the final design, such as blue badge holders are still able to access Thames Street and to the disabled parking bays in Bishops Hall. We know how vitally important this area is for access to the riverside, shops, services and community facilities.


This scheme is an experiment and will start on 26 July. It can be in place for up to 18 months and we will be collecting your views for the first six months of the scheme. To give us your views please complete our short survey below.


You can also now tell us your views about the new planting and seating in Thames Street, Fife Road and outside Station Plaza. We would really like to hear your views, experiences and suggestions about these temporary measures.




  • We have put in place a trial timed closure on Thames Street from 26 July as part of a Social Spaces project in partnership with Kingston First.  


    This project in Thames Street aims to create more welcoming, social and accessible street environments for customers and visitors to Kingston town centre to enjoy and to support our businesses. It is hoped that temporary enhancements to the town centre will support the recovery of the local economy as we come out of lockdown, and enable local hospitality businesses to extend their outdoor eating offer. 


    The scheme will remain open to blue badge holders and for delivered.  Access for loading and unloading within the area will be allowed from 5pm - 10am every day. 


    Our engagement on this scheme will run for 6 months and we want to hear your views.


    Please complete our short survey to give us your views about the timed closure in Thames Street.

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  • We are working with Kingston First to deliver our new and exciting ‘Social Spaces’ project in the town centre.

    The temporary initiative, aims to create a more welcoming, social and accessible street environment to encourage more people to visit Kingston town centre and support our businesses. It will also enable local restaurants to extend their outdoor eating offer during the summer. 

    As part of these plans, we have implemented a closure of part of Thames Street to enable it to become a pedestrian and cycle only zone, from 10am-5pm every day. View a map of the plans for further information.  

    If you would like to give feedback about the timed closure of Thames Street please use our Thames Street closure survey to leave your feedback.

    This short survey is about your experience of the Social Spaces projects to create planting and new seating in Thames Street, Fife Road and outside the Station Plaza to improve and enhance your experience of Kingston town centre.  We would like to hear about your views, suggestions and experiences.


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