Cuckoo Trail repairs set to take months

Repairs being carried out on the Cuckoo Trail
Repairs being carried out on the Cuckoo Trail

SOUTHERN Water is assuring cyclists and horse riders the Cuckoo Trail will be put back to its original state but in late summer or early autumn.

People had raised concerns about the popular trail following the announcement by Southern Water that it had re-opened in time for Easter after a lengthy closure for sewer works.

The cyclists, walkers and horse riders said the surface on the stretch between Polegate and Hailsham was only appropriate for off-road bikes, there was no bridle way path for horse riders and the many benches had been taken away. However, a spokesperson from Southern Water has confirmed works will be continuing work throughout the summer to reinstate the trail to its original condition. A temporary surface has been put in place so it could open during the school Easter holidays. The work will now be carried out in sections to keep as much of the trail open as possible.

Southern Water said signs had been put up to warn people the surface was not suitable for many bikes and cycle groups were also informed about the temporary surface. The spokesperson said, “Once we have laid more new sewer pipe along the trail, we will return and reinstate the trail with a permanent surface. The reinstatement work of all sections of the trail will be carried out at the same time to keep the disruption of laying tarmac to a minimum. We are liaising closely with the trail ranger while we work on this sensitive route. We have also agreed to carry out some drainage work on a section of the trail at the ranger’s request.

“This work, which is of significant cost, is being carried out at Southern Water’s expense to thank the trail users for their patience during our work.”