Richmond Council given cash for transport

Transport for London have awarded Richmond their share of a London wide payout - £6.1m to be spent on transport in the borough. Richmond got the second highest award after Croydon (£6.3m).

Details on the council web site here and the TfL press release here.

The council's Local Implementation Plan (LIP) is here. This is how they intend to spend the money. Note that it includes the new path in Richmond Park which has been built and the proposed toucan crossing on Petersham Road.

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Richmond and Ham Meander

Saturday 17th November
10:15 for a 10:30 depart
Location: Little Green, next to the Green, Richmond
Contact:, led by Susan Scorer and Sue Abel

A very pleasant, gentle meander from Richmond going upstream and taking in Petersham, Ham House, the new lower-level path in Richmond Park and Ham Common (past the pond) to the towpath above Teddington Lock. We will stop for coffee (or tea if you prefer) at the Hawker/YMCA Centre before returning to Richmond via the towpath. About 9 miles, and suitable for families, beginners, returners and anyone who fancies a gentle meander on a sunny (?) Saturday morning.

Route is here.

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Round Richmond Park in the Dark - Report

Thunder and lightning.
Enter three WITCHES on bicycles.

First Witch
When shall we three meet again?
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

Second Witch
When the hurlyburly's done,
When the battle's lost and won.

Third Witch
That will be ere the set of sun.

First Witch
Where the place?

Second Witch
In Richmond Park.

Third Witch
There to meet with Halloween.

And so we met and set off to test destiny in the darkness of Richmond Park. After puffing our way up the hill (witches spend too long concocting potions in front of the fire), we entered the magical fairy kingdom of Richmond Park, lit by Windsor fireworks all the way.

A mist lay in the hollows and amongst the trees, providing an ethereal blanket to cover the horrors of Halloween. We three adjusted our broomsticks and set off for Roehampton, mist swirling in our wake, broomstick lights poking their way through the murkiness.

We were soon accosted by those most pernicious of night time beasts, the jogging knee killers. You can see them coming, their reflective bodies show up and reveal their terror, arms flailing, feet pounding, chests heaving - pound, pound, pound, they bear down on us.

We escape by chanting spells, switching off our lights and urging our broomsticks on.

We pause to catch our breath and gaze at the brightening comet, Holmes. It is very fuzzy.

On and on, we sail down hill to Ham and the new witches path. We are enveloped by the mist and can barely see our way. The mist encroaches on our path, tendrils reaching out to catch our coat tails as we whizz by. But we three are too fast, and soon we are at the exit, too soon perhaps.

And then back to our den by the chilly river and bumpy path, they hold no fear for us, we have dared the danger of Richmond Park in the dark.

With our broomsticks safely stowed, we settle down in the local witches cave, The White Cross and compare potions.

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