A shared cycle and footway linking Findon Village and Findon Valley, which is the third in a series of active travel-focused schemes managed by West Sussex County Council, has officially opened.
The pathway was paid for through a £1.2m grant from the Department for Transport (DfT) Active Travel Fund and runs alongside the A24, connecting up two projects completed last year in Drayton and Shoreham.
The new infrastructure is intended to provide improvements for cyclists and pedestrians across the county.
The new route consists of a two kilometre-long (1.24 mile-) long cycling and walking route, to offer better onward connections to Worthing and the existing cycle network.
Active travel forms a major part of the West Sussex Transport Plan 2022 – 2036, which underpins the authority’s approach to upgrading its transport network and aligns with the council’s commitment to improving active travel options throughout the area.
Joy Dennis, councillor and cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “I am delighted to see this project completed and local residents now having access to dedicated Active Travel infrastructure. I hope that the route encourages more walking and cycling, particularly for short journeys.
“This project, along with those in Drayton and Shoreham will help to cut congestion, reduce carbon emissions, improve people’s health and wellbeing and support the local economy in these areas. I look forward to seeing many more of the schemes across the county.”
The council hopes the new route will provide improved connectivity for those wishing to explore the South Downs.