Rail users to get improved cycle links

Cyclists using railway stations in Kent, Surrey and Sussex are to get new facilities as part of a £5.7m deal to improve sustainable travel.

Schemes being funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) include a walking and cycle path from Westcott village to Dorking station, avoiding the A25.

In Sussex, the town of Kingston is to be connected to Lewes station by a new two mile cycle path.

In Dartford, Kent, an existing cycle path is to be extended.

Elsewhere in Kent, passengers using Canterbury West, Ashford International, Maidstone East and Tonbridge will be able to hire folding bikes from storage racks at the stations.

And extra cycle racks are to be installed at stations in Surrey including Claygate, Cobham, Egham and Farnham.

The projects have been developed by the DfT and the Association of Train Operating Companies, transport charity Sustrans and the Cycle Rail Working Group.

They are among 45 schemes across the south of England to receive funding.

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