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Council leader welcomes emergency fund for walkers and cyclists

Photo of Councillor David Tutt

A plan for the immediate implementation of infrastructure improvements for walkers and cyclists has been welcomed by the leader of Eastbourne Borough Council.

The government emergency active travel fund was announced in May in response to the increase in people walking and cycling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Phase one of the scheme will see East Sussex local authorities sharing a pot of £479K, which will support a number  of enhancements being made in Eastbourne in the coming weeks.

Councillor David Tutt, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, said: "This is good news. Since the lockdown in March many more residents have chosen to walk or cycle rather than use the car or public transport. A variety of bids were made for walking and cycling initiatives in Eastbourne and some of those will now be implemented. In the most part these changes are temporary, but if they work, well they can be made permanent, and if they don't, they won't be."

The initiatives include social distancing signage and cycle racks in the town centre, the widening of pedestrian areas in various town centre roads and more use of segregated cycleways on the seafront.

Phase two is planned for later this year and will see the East Sussex fund increased to £1.9m.