New ‘cycling hub’ for Bexhill station

A new 'cycling hub' will be coming to Bexhill Railway Station shortly. SUS-150317-144902001
A new 'cycling hub' will be coming to Bexhill Railway Station shortly. SUS-150317-144902001
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New cycle facilities are set to be installed at Bexhill Railway Station.

Rail operator Southern, supported by East Sussex County Council, successfully bid for £470,000 from the Department for Transport for improvements at 10 stations in the county.

The programme will see new secure, ‘cycle hubs’, including cycle hire and maintenance facilities at Bexhill station.

The new cycle hub will include secure, key card access for 50 cycles, along with cycle hire and maintenance facilities, monitored CCTV and new lighting and signage.

The schemes in East Sussex, part of a £14.5 million programme nationally for 2015-16, will receive additional funding from the county council.

Cllr Carl Maynard, East Sussex County Council lead member for transport and environment, said: “We are delighted that Southern has secured this funding and look forward to working in partnership with them to deliver the schemes.

It’s more important than ever that we can improve access to rail stations and help to make cycling a realistic and attractive ‘door to door’ sustainable travel option.

Paul Best, project manager, Southern

“With new housing and jobs coming to the county, it’s more important than ever that we can improve access to rail stations and help to make cycling a realistic and attractive ‘door to door’ sustainable travel option for their everyday journeys.

“These schemes tie in with our commitment to delivering improved walking and cycling facilities, with the key benefit of supporting local economic growth, along with improvements to health and wellbeing and the environment.”

Southern’s project manager, Paul Best said: “This is extremely good news for customers who cycle to and from our stations.

“The addition of 1,000 spaces to the 6,000 we already have represents a significant increase and I’m sure this will encourage even more people to leave the car at home and get the bike out!”

Other stations to benefit from the grant will be Newhaven Town, which will also benefit from a new cycle hub, with an increase in cycle spaces at Uckfield, Hampden Park, Crowborough, Seaford, Glynde and Bishopstone.

Rye will get 30 new spaces, along with a new cycle shelter.