Recently, I met Hilary Jubert at the Downs Link crossing of the A281 near Rudgwick. The crossing has already seen a tragic loss of life and while it is already far safer we really need a better long term solution. Hilary and colleagues are actively campaigning for an improved scheme for all users. Reinstating a bridge would not only meet this objective but have wider benefits.
The Downs Link is an important trail and taking it off tarmac is a powerful message to help build visitor interest as well as local utilisation as a sustainable route, encouraging wider use and the associated well-being benefits. I am delighted that because of the wider economic and social benefits for the area and the safety benefits to riders, cyclists, walkers and indeed those using the A281, HDC have applied for funding to support the project under a specific central Government fund. Given the range of applicants likely to come in, this is by no means a certain route to securing the financial support required but it is great news.