Thought as much, though it annoys me if the police/council had real issues with that section being ridden on then they would have done something about it before, including improved signage. Now they are fining cyclists on the pretence of 'safety' just to make a quick £50. I will now be cycling around the ring road outside of Kingston with the HGV's which i'm sure will be alot safer for me and a lot more convenient for the car drivers as they are stuck behind me.
Yeah, riding East/West through Kingston is a pain. I lived there until about a year ago. There is a cycle path you can follow by the side of Wood Street - starts at the top of the bus station outside Bentalls, and eventually sends you round Fife Road, from where you can go down Castle Street and onto Eden Street that way. I'm not sure which bits are one-way or two-way, and it's a bit of a faff.
Or you can go round the other way - the cycle path from John Lewis past the White Stuff, down Union Street, left onto Eden Street and follow it round.
It would be nice to ride down Clarence Street when it's quiet, but I can't see it being allowed when it's heaving with peds on a Saturday...