Bid made for new coastal cycle route

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CYCLISTS could soon be enjoying a dedicated route between two coastal towns.

A £900,000 bid for a cycle path from Bognor Regis to Littlehampton has been made.

West Sussex County Council is seeking the money from the Coast to Capital local economic partnership. A decision on whether to allocate the cash from the partnership’s £9.2m sustainability and resilience funding is expected soon.

The county council’s funding request by Paul Eagle said: “The A259 is considered to be a significant barrier to cycling due to fast vehicle speeds and high volumes of traffic, particularly HGVs.”

The proposed cycle route will form part of the national cycle network and replace an indirect section which diverts cyclists through Yapton.

A direct route alongside the A259 will encourage more cycling said Mr Eagle. It will be segregated from traffic.

“This will involve the construction of a 3m-wide combined cycle and footpath alongside the northern edge of the A259 between Church Lane, Climping, and the eastern end of the Bognor Regis relief road at Felpham, along with signing upgrades.

“At the western end it will connect with the new cycle facility into Felpham and new homes served by the relief road,” said Mr Eagle.

“The eastern end will connect with an existing combined cycle and footway along the A259 towards employment and new housing in Littlehampton.

“New crossing points will be provided at Church Lane, Climping, B2132/A259 Comet Corner and Worms Lane.

“The total length of works within this section is 4.35km,” he states.

The cycle route can be built in the coming year if funding is provided.

Mr Eagle says the proposed cycle route will reduce accidents and increase fitness levels by promoting travelling on two wheels.

Bognor cyclist Pip Linberry said: “It will be brilliant if this cycle route is created. It will provide a through route from about Emsworth to Littlehampton.

“It’s of major importance in terms of safety. The Littlehampton section of the A259 is a bit of a fast road. It’s a friendly route for cyclists.

“It also gives you a link to Yapton and an alternative to the Bognor-Barnham cycle path, which is often flooded.”