Construction of the Lewes to Kingston cycle path, part of a £30million package of developments to link communities, got underway this week.
Once completed it ‘will create a picturesque safe route of travel between the town and the village for cycling enthusiasts’, according to Lewes MP and Transport Minister Norman Baker.
Currently, cyclists who want to get to Kingston from Lewes, or vice-versa, without having to resort to cars or other forms of transport, have to navigate a network of busy roads and footpaths.
However, early last year Norman, in his Ministerial role, announced funding would be made available to enable the town and the village to be connected by a new dedicated two mile cycle route that will give a traffic free path for cyclists for the first time.
The part of the £30 million package of developments to connect communities, reduce carbon emissions, get people active and make cycling safer and more convenient, announced by Norman on behalf of the coalition government.
Monday saw the beginning of the route’s construction, which is due to be completed in the week of June 24, a few weeks prior to the school summer holidays.
Norman says: “It is great that the construction of the route is now underway and that it will be up and running in time for the summer holidays.
“Cycling is a great way to get outside and active, and by providing safe cycle routes we can really ensure that people will get on their bikes.
“I am very pleased that in my ministerial role at the Department of Transport I have recently been able to announce a further £107million for cycling projects.
“I am even more pleased that local residents are going to see the benefit of that spending with this new cycle route.”