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£1.3m funds for bicycle facilities at four stations
4:30pm Thursday 31st January 2013 in News
Cycle facilities at four railway stations are set for a major revamp after they were awarded £1.3 million in Government funding.
Brighton, Lewes, Hassocks and Eastbourne stations will all see major improvements to bicycle store facilities as part of new grants announced yesterday.
Brighton Station will receive the biggest amount of funding for any station in the country with £550,000 for a new large cycle hub while Lewes cyclists will get a new cycle hub for 200 bikes with maintenance and repair facilities, at a cost of £250,000.
A grant of £200,000 will see a 200-bike, two-tier bike parking facility with improved cycle lane signage installed at Hassocks Station while commuters at Eastbourne Station will benefit from a £300,000 cycle hub for up to 250 bikes with maintenance and repair facilities.
Brighton and Hove will also be able to bid alongside 28 other selected areas for a share of £30m of further cycling grants.
The local money is part of the £7.5 million for the Cycle Working Group Fund and part of a wider announcement made by transport minister and Lewes MP Norman Baker of £62 million of cycling funding.
Mr Baker said the country needed to “harness and build on” the success of cycling at the Olympics and the Tour de France.
He added: “With the Lib Dems in government, cycling has never been higher on a Government’s agenda, and I am very pleased that with today’s announcement local people in my constituency and across Sussex are going to see the benefits of that.”
Paul Best, Southern’s project manager said: “We expect cycles chained to fences to be a thing of the past, which is good news.”
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