Plan for South Downs National Park gateway signs at all stations

I refer to Henry Page’s letter ‘Why single out Lewes as gateway to South Downs National Park?’ (November 29).

Mr Page is right that many railway stations have a great potential to act as gateways for the South Downs National Park.

There are 30 stations within or close to the National Park’s borders where we would like to see ‘gateway’ signage creating a stronger association between rail travel and the South Downs National Park and encouraging more people to visit by train.

We have recently secured funding to get this started and are working with both South West and Southern Trains to make our limited budget reach as many of these stations as possible. We have begun with signage at four major stations within or close to the National Park at Petersfield, Pulborough, Arundel and Lewes and more will follow next year.

In some cases this might take the form of large signs, in others it may be by sponsoring flower troughs or having maps of the National Park in front of the station.

Andrew Lee

Director of Strategy and 
Partnerships, South Downs 
National Park Authority