Railway stations get cash boost for cycling facilities

Polegate Railway Station. March 31st 2011 E14061M ENGSNL00120110604165442
Polegate Railway Station. March 31st 2011 E14061M ENGSNL00120110604165442

New cycle facilities will be installed at railway stations across East Sussex following a government funding boost.

And Hampden Park, Polegate and Seaford railway stations are just three of the stations set to benefit from the funds.

Rail operator Southern, supported by East Sussex County Council, successfully bid for £470,000 from the Department for Transport for improvements at 10 stations in the county.

Hampden Park station will see an additional 50 cycle spaces installed, with improved CCTV lighting and signage, in a £50,000 scheme.

Polegate station will get 30 additional spaces, so will have 60 in total.

It will also see an upgrade to the current shelters, CCTV and lighting, in the £20,000 scheme.

And Seaford railway station is set to benefit from covered cycle parking, with 20 additional spaces, CCTV, lighting and signage, in the £50,000 scheme.

East Sussex County Council said the programme will see new secure, ‘cycle hubs’, including cycle hire and maintenance facilities installed at Bexhill and Newhaven Town stations.

The schemes in East Sussex, part of a £14.5 million programme nationally for 2015-16, will receive additional funding from the county council.

Cllr Carl Maynard, county council lead member for transport and environment, said, “We are delighted that Southern has secured this funding and look forward to working in partnership with them to deliver the schemes.

“With new housing and jobs coming to the county, it’s more important than ever that we can improve access to rail stations and help to make cycling a realistic and attractive ‘door to door’ sustainable travel option for their everyday journeys.

“These schemes tie in with our commitment to delivering improved walking and cycling facilities, with the key benefit of supporting local economic growth, along with improvements to health and wellbeing and the environment.”

Other railway stations in the county which are set to benefit from the government funding, include Uckfield, Rye, Crowborough, Glynde and Bishopstone.