Cycle hub at railway station thanks to funds

Eastbourne Railway Station will benefit from a £300,000 cycle hub thanks to government funding.

The news was announced this week by Polegate MP Norman Baker who has welcomed the move.

Other train stations in Sussex will also benefit from more than £1.3million funding to improve integration between cycling and rail. The local money is part of the £7.5million for the Cycle Working Group Fund and part of this week’s wider announcement made by the MP of £62million of funding for cycling.

The cycle hub at Eastbourne will have space for up to 250 bikes and will include a maintenance and repair facility.

The announcement follows on from £30million already committed to improving dangerous junctions and £15million for growth funding, bringing funding announced in the last year to £107million.

Mr Baker said, “Cycling is great for your health, great for the environment and great for the economy and we need to harness and build on the success of our cycling Olympians and the Tour de France to encourage yet more people to get on their bikes and experience the pleasure and benefits of cycling.

“With the Lib Dems in government, cycling has never been higher on a government’s agenda, and I am very pleased that with today’s announcement local people in my constituency and across Sussex are going to see the benefits of that.”

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd added, “Today’s announcement by our neighbour Norman is great news for cyclists in Eastbourne. I work very closely with Bespoke, the Eastbourne cycling campaign group.

“They have been really helpful to the Council over the last few years by identifying suitable cycle schemes locally and I know they will share my delight at this investment.”