The National Park Authority has been awarded money by the Department of Transport to rejuvenate cycling across the South Downs.
More than £5 million will be invested towards its vision for a network of core cycling routes into and around the South Downs National Park.
Cycling for all abilities is a key theme with improvements planned to existing routes in Hampshire, extensions to long established routes in West Sussex and extensions to long established routes and the creation of new recreational routes out of Brighton and around East Sussex. One of the main aims of the investment will be to improve cycling routes to and from railway stations so that the community have better access to sustainable transport links.
Further details of the cycling development will be announced soon. The South Downs National Park has been working with our four highway authorities, West Sussex County Council, Hampshire County Council, Brighton & Hove City Council and East Sussex County Council, to develop a package of schemes that can be delivered within a two year period. Consultation has also taken place with those who enjoy cycling in and around the National Park.
Trevor Beattie, chief executive of the authority, said, “This is a great success for the South Downs National Park and for all those who love to walk or cycle through it. The South Downs is England’s most visited and most densely populated National Park and this investment is designed to provide a high quality cycling experience for cyclists of all abilities, and to complement and give access to the existing network of advisory and off-road routes.
“The National Park Authority has many plans to create new and safer routes, both for commuters and for people cycling for pleasure. Now we have the money to put those plans into practice.”