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Cash boost to improve cycle facilities

New cycle facilities will be installed at railway stations across East Sussex following a Government funding boost.

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, installed at Bexhill and Newhaven Town stations, while a further eight stations will receive improved cycle facilities.

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

“We are delighted that Southern has secured this funding and look forward to working in partnership with them to deliver the schemes. 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.”

– Cllr Carl Maynard, county council lead member for transport and environment

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

A new 50-space covered cycling store will be built in the new car park under construction at Uckfield station, Hampden Park will get 50 extra cycle spaces and the number of spaces at Polegate will double from 30 to 60.

Rye and Crowborough will get 30 and 25 new spaces respectively, with new cycle shelters being built at both stations, while there will be an additional 20 spaces at Seaford and 10 each at Glynde and Bishopstone.

All the affected stations will receive new, improved CCTV, lighting and new signage.

CCTV released after bike theft

British Transport Police are appealing for information after a bike was stolen from Westcliff station on Tuesday 3rd September.

Investigators have released CCTV image of two men and a woman they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

Police urge anyone who recognises these people to get in touch Credit: British Transport Police

The 27-year-old victim from Westcliff left his bike locked at the station at 6.45am.

At around 2pm two men and a woman approached the bike before one man broke the lock and left the station riding the bike.

PC Maria Wheele, the investigating officer, said: "Sadly, bicycles remain a desirable target for many thieves at train stations. We are undertaking plain clothes and high profile operations across Essex to catch thieves in the act.

“Thieves should also be aware that most cycle racks are covered by CCTV so it’s only a matter of time before we track you down.”

BTP would like to speak to this man in connection with the theft Credit: British Transport Police

BTP recently launched Operation Wiggins, a nationwide initiative to crackdown on cycle theft at train stations across the country.

Anyone with information or who recognises the people in the pictures is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800405040.


Hampshire cycleway named after gold medallist

Dani King goes for gold Credit: Press Association

Eastleigh Borough Council is set to honour local Olympic gold medallist Dani King by naming a cycle route in her home village of Hamble-le-Rice as the ‘Dani King Cycleway’.

The safe cycling route runs along Hamble Lane from near to the junction with Portsmouth Road in Bursledon to its junction with Copse Lane near to Hamble-le-Rice village.

Dani King after winning the Women's Team Pursuit Final Credit: Press Association

The cycle route passes Dani’s old primary school and Hamble Community Sports College where she started her cycling career and runs close to her parents’ home.

Dani says "It will be an honour to have a cycle path named after me. When people ride along it I hope it will remind them of the legacy of the Olympics and inspire them to keep fit and enjoy sport".