Disruption expected as work begins on Eastbourne cycle route

Next phase of Horsey Way cycle route, in Eastbourne - looking from behind the railway station, north eastwards along Ashford Road towards the rear of the Arndale Centre SUS-150929-121052001
Next phase of Horsey Way cycle route, in Eastbourne - looking from behind the railway station, north eastwards along Ashford Road towards the rear of the Arndale Centre SUS-150929-121052001
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Roads in Eastbourne face disruption in the coming weeks as work begins on a cycle route outside the railway station.

East Sussex County Council contractors begin work on the section of the latest section of the Horsey Way cycle route between Eastbourne railway station and Ringwood Road on Monday (October 5).

Arndale Centre looking south west along Ashford Road towards the railway station, with Junction Road and the Kwik Fit garage on the right SUS-150929-121217001

Arndale Centre looking south west along Ashford Road towards the railway station, with Junction Road and the Kwik Fit garage on the right SUS-150929-121217001

The work, which begins between the Kwik Fit garage in Ashford Road and Susans Road, will see nearby road junctions closed at points during the coming weeks.

The first set of work is expected to be completed by the end of November but further work to extend the route to Cavendish Road is due to begin in the New Year.

The remaining section of this phase of the route up to Ringwood Road is expected to be completed in 2016.

Ultimately the Horsey Way cycle route will link the station to the Langney roundabout, The first phase of the two-mile route was opened in 2013

From the rear of the Arndale Centre looking north east along Ashford Road SUS-150929-121233001

From the rear of the Arndale Centre looking north east along Ashford Road SUS-150929-121233001

Cllr Carl Maynard, East Sussex County Council lead member for transport and environment, said, “This route will offer a valuable facility for cyclists and pedestrians and help to reduce congestion, and improve air quality and health.

“Careful co-ordination and planning, and working with our colleagues at Southern Railway, means we will be able to avoid adversely affecting the work going on around the Arndale Centre.

“There will be some disruption, including temporary closures of the junctions of Ashford Road with Junction Road and Susans Road, but we will keep people informed throughout.”

The council say the work will be carefully co-ordinated to avoid disruption to the redevelopment of the Eastbourne Arndale Centre on Terminus road.

Some of the work will be carried out by Southern Railway contractors, who will work on the cycle route as they complete a new drop-off area for rail passengers.

The route has been developed by East Sussex County Council in partnership with sustainable transport charity Sustrans, Eastbourne Borough Council and town cycling campaign group Bespoke.

The cycle route scheme was launched following a public consultation in 2010 in which 90 per cent of respondents said they supported the route.

The first phase, opened in 2013, linked Ringwood Road and Lottbridge Drove, while the third, and final phase of the scheme will connect Lottbridge Drove to Langney roundabout.

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