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Kingston and Richmond Covid-19 Update: August 11


Royal Parks has just announced that they will be trialling a partial reopening to cars in Richmond Park from Saturday. The route down the western edge of the park from Richmond Gate to Ham Gate and Kingston Gate will be reopened to vehicles on a trial basis for the next six months. The northeast route from Richmond Gate to Roehampton Gate will be open on weekdays only during this period. Car parks will still be accessible from nearby gates where the roads are closed to through traffic.

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See the new route map for the park here:

With this trial, Royal Parks is trying to balance the needs of many kinds of park users. They hope this will keep a large central swathe of the park car free at all times and an even larger area car free at weekends, while also allowing blue badge holders and the less mobile to use the car parks to access the park. They want to take some of the traffic pressure off of Petersham Road and Richmond Road in Ham, and off of the congested roads near the park in East Sheen, while leaving cyclists some extra car free space at the weekends.

The trials will be monitored through visitor satisfaction surveys and feedback from stakeholders, and a formal consultation will be launched in November. I will be watching the trial period closely and will represent the views and interests of my constituents to Royal Parks throughout the trial, consultation and evaluation periods. I am hoping this will be a good compromise to meet the competing needs of drivers, cyclists and walkers but will be looking to see if they have got the balance right.


A Level results will be distributed to our sixth form pupils this Thursday. I know many of them will be anxious about whether they have received the grades they need for their further education, training or jobs. Universities have been asked to be flexible in these difficult times, but they will need to see what has been awarded before taking their decisions.

The government has not put in place the robust system for challenging marks that I would have liked to see. Every single A Level candidate is a young person whose opportunities, choices and confidence will be shaped by these grades, and it is vitally important that the government strain every sinew to ensure that none of them sees their hopes dashed by an unfair mark given to them because of the interruption to their education. I will continue to press the Government, with my Liberal Democrat colleagues, to strengthen candidates' rights and their ability to appeal the marks they were given by the Government's algorithm.