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Cycle routes on show at Town Hall

Cycling may be permitted along Eastbournes middle promenade. December 19th 2013 E51034P

Cycling may be permitted along Eastbournes middle promenade. December 19th 2013 E51034P

A public exhibition showing six new proposed cycle routes for Eastbourne is on at the Town Hall today (Friday January 10) and tomorrow.

The six routes are part of a £1.1 million scheme to improve cycling links in the town and could also see cyclists and pedestrians sharing the middle promenade of the seafront.

Both East Sussex County Council and Eastbourne Borough Council are asking residents to have their say on the proposals and a consultation runs until Friday January 31.

The public exhibition is in the Court room today from 2pm to 7pm and tomorrow from 10am to 2pm.

The proposed new routes are the Railway Station to Ringwood Road, Lottbridge Drove to Langney roundabout, along the Promenade from the Wish Tower to Fisherman’s Green, the seafront to town centre via Cornfield Road, the University (Meads) to seafront and town centre and Eastbourne DGH to town centre via Commercial Road.

The most controversial is the seafront route which could potentially mean cyclists and pedestrians sharing the middle promenade of the seafront for the first time ever.

Both authorities are urging people to go along to the Town Hall expo and have their say.

Eastbourne councillor Steve Wallis said, “The town already benefits from a number of established cycle routes, but the western side of the town has very limited cycling infrastructure, despite accommodating schools, colleges and university campuses.

“With more than 80 per cent of Eastbourne’s working population living within 5km of their workplace, there is great potential to increase cycling and these new routes will help us to achieve this.”

People have until the end of the month to give their views and an online questionnaire is also available at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay

 

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