Government to give cash for new cycle routes

Cyclists in Eastbourne will benefit from new cycle routes in the town which are being part funded by the government.

It was announced earlier this month that £190,000 will be spent on improving and building routes.

The funding is towards the construction of the next section of the cycle route along Horsey Way. The first section between Ringwood Road and Churchdale Road has been completed.

The second section will run from Churchdale Road to Lottbridge Drove. It is proposed that construction for this will start in June 2013.

The other sections of the cycleway from the railway station to Ringwood Road and Lottbridge Drove to Langney roundabout are proposed to be constructed between 2014 and 2015.

The cash injection for cyclists was announced by transport minister and Polegate MP Norman Baker.

He said, “Cycling is healthy and reduces congestion so it is welcome news that more and more people are taking to two wheels.

“Ensuring this funding is targeted where improvements will make a real difference to cyclists is just one way we are ensuring this trend continues.

“This is part of the £107 million investment we have announced in cycling infrastructure over the last year, over and above the £600m we have invested through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

“We have launched a THINK! “Let’s Look Out For Each Other” campaign and have made it easier for councils to set 20mph speed limits and install trixi mirrors at junctions so drivers are better able to see cyclists.”

The news has been welcomed by cycling campaigners locally who have always argued Eastbourne’s cycle routes are poor and insufficient and want to see a network of safe, well-signposted cycle routes into the town from main residential areas.