£5m boost for cycling in the South Downs National Park

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THE SOUTH Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) has been awarded £5m by the department of transport to rejuvenate cycling across the South Downs.

The money will be invested towards its vision of a network of core cycling routes into and around the 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 this investment will be to improve cycling routes to and from railway stations so that the community have better access to sustainable transport links.

Trevor Beattie, chief executive of the SDNPA, said: “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. We will be working closely with the local highways authorities and other organisations to take full advantage of this major new funding.”

Cllr Pete West, chairman of the environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: “We’re delighted to be a successful partner in the bid with the South Downs National Park. The park is a wonderful place, and a real breathing space for all the city’s residents.”