Cuckoo Trail opens to the public again

THE POPULAR Cuckoo Trail has re-opened after urgent work to replace a section of sewer finished in time for the school holidays.

Southern Water closed the Old Loom Mill section of the Cuckoo Trail at Polegate last November so its contractor Clancy Docwra could replace a 1.5km section sewer which had suffered a number of bursts.

The risk of sewage leaks in the area had been reduced as a result of the works, according to Keith Jeffery, Southern Water’s project manager for the sewer replacement.

He said: “During our work we identified very early on the need to balance engineering challenges with the needs of the public.

“I would like to thank the users of this popular trail for being so patient and understanding while this work was being carried out.

“We knew this was a very popular route for both leisure users as well as commuting cyclists so getting this work done quickly with minimal disruption has been our top priority.”

Businesses and car parks in the surrounding areas have remained open while the work, considered essential, was carried out.

The former railway on the Cuckoo Trail first opened in 1880. ‘Cuckoo Line’ was so named because traditionally the first cuckoo of Spring was released from a cage during the annual Heathfield Fair. The Cuckoo Line was closed under the Beeching cuts but today it is enjoyed by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It is owned and managed by Wealden District and East Sussex County councils.