Work to start on new coastal cycle path

WORK is to start this month on a new path for cyclists and pedestrians linking Hastings promenade with Bexhill seafront.

The new seafront path, which is 2.2km in length and links two existing traffic-free paths, Galley Hill in Bexhill and Hastings seafront, will create a car-free route more than 5km long.

It is to be built by Jackson Civil Engineering, which won the £360,000 contract by East Sussex County Council.

This new link is part of Sustrans’ national Connect2 project, to extend the charity’s National Cycle Network into the heart of communities across the UK, allowing people to make more of their everyday journeys on foot or by bike.

The project was awarded £50 million by the Big Lottery Fund following a public vote in 2007 and part of this grant will be used to fund the path, alongside funding from the county council.

Work is set to be completed at the end of the year.

Councillor Carl Maynard, the county council’s lead cabinet member for economy, transport and environment, said: “This new path will really make a difference to people in Hastings and Bexhill by providing a safe alternative to the busy A259 and improving access to the coast and beach, and we hope it will encourage more people to travel on foot and by bike. We have been working hard to design something that everyone is happy with. I’m thrilled it is finally about to become a reality.”

Simon Pratt, Sustrans’ regional director for the south east, said: “The A259 is a significant deterrent to local people getting between Hastings and Bexhill by foot or bike and the new route will make a real difference to how people make their everyday journeys.”