Bid to complete cycle track link in Lewes

The end may be in sight at last for the Ringmer to Lewes cycle track, with funding being sought to complete the route.

The final stage involves finding a way for cyclists to safely navigate the difficulties at Earwig Corner, reports the Cycle Lewes May Newsletter.

Alan Cook, East Sussex County Council’s principle transport planner in the infrastructure, design and delivery team, said: “The funding application for the Lewes to Ringmer cycle track has been submitted by the South Downs National Park Authority.

“The authority has applied to the Department for Transport for funding of £420,000, and if this application is successful the county council will add to this a further £180,000.

“We believe the total of £600,000 will be enough to allow us to continue the cycle track all the way to Lewes. It currently runs for a stretch of around half a mile on New Road, Ringmer.

“The completion of the cycle route will be very beneficial in allowing people who live in Ringmer to cycle to work or shop in Lewes and opening up access to the National Park for people living in Lewes.

“The consultation events we will be holding in July will offer people the chance to share their views on the idea of completing the cycle track and on the route it will take when it reaches Lewes.”

The consultation events will be held at Lewes Town Hall on Friday, July 12 (2-7pm), and Saturday, July 13 (10am-2pm); and at Ringmer Village Hall on Wednesday, July 17 (3-7pm).

Further details about these events and plans for the cycle route will be made available in July.