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Kingston Council welcomes Crossrail 2 in response to consultation

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Kingston Council has welcomed the latest proposals for Crossrail 2, published recently by Transport for London (TfL) and Network Rail.

The proposals identify a new, preferred route for the underground rail line connecting Central London via Wimbledon to Kingston using the existing overground National Rail Network.

The improvements will relieve increasing pressure on the transport network allowing passengers to be one change away from over 800 destinations nationwide.

Councillor David Cunningham, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Regeneration, said:

“We fully support the proposed new Crossrail 2 railway, in particular the routes in South West London which would call at Berrylands, Chessington North, Chessington South, Kingston, Motspur Park, New Malden, Norbiton, Surbiton and Tolworth. Residents told us that transportation and traffic were areas that needed improvement as part of the borough-wide “All in One Survey” carried out last year. We are confident that the Crossrail 2 initiative will go some way to address these concerns, improve the daily life of commuters as well as benefit the economic growth of the community.

“We will welcome ongoing discussions with Network Rail and TfL, as well as other partners including the public on the future of this key initiative. We also want to explore the potential of remodelling and reconstructing the station in Kingston to provide a better connection with the town centre.”

The consultation runs until Friday 8 January, those who wish to take part themselves or find out more about this project should visit: http://crossrail2.co.uk/.

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B&Q to reveal new look store with family fun day

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B&Q will soon open the doors to its newly revamped home improvement store in New Malden. To celebrate, B&Q New Malden will host a day of family fun on Saturday 14th January, including a special guest appearance from local rugby legend Nick Easter, who played No. 8 for Harlequins and England in international rugby union.

At the launch event the local sports star, known fondly by fans as “Minty”, will be testing out his DIY skills against B&Q New Malden’s store team. Customers will get the chance to see the sporting star getting mucky off the pitch for a change as store staff challenge him try his hand at potting plants in the garden centre, tussle with wallpaper and cause a ruckus with a paintbrush. He will also be on hand to meet, greet and sign autographs for fans. Plus, there will also be plenty to keep the family entertained throughout the day, including a balloon modeller, face painter, stilt walkers and a craft station.

B&Q New Malden has been completely revamped to offer customers a variety of new products and features, including a new paint desk, a new kitchens and bathrooms display, more visual ranges of flooring and tiles, and a new café with windows overlooking the A3 and Burlington Road.

Lee Bayliss, Unit Manager at B&Q New Malden, said: “We’re all looking forward to welcoming customers to our newly revamped store. We’re ready to show off our new look to New Malden’s residents and inspire them to start a new home improvement project under the guidance of our expert advice. We’re all really looking forward to Saturday’s family fun day and, of course, testing Nick with our DIY challenges!”

Nick Easter added: “I’m really looking forward to helping celebrate the launch of the newly revamped B&Q New Malden store. I’m not sure that my DIY skills can beat the in store experts but it will be great to get some advice from them to make my own home improvement projects easier.”

The B&Q family fun day will take place on Saturday, 14th January from 10am to 3pm, with Nick Easter in store from 10:30 -12:30pm, at B&Q New Malden, Shannon Commercial Centre, Beverley Way, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 4PT.

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