Downs Link corridor assessment due to start

Sustrans will be starting their comprehensive corridor assessment on the Downs Link next week.

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce have initiated the project to upgrade the Downs Link between Cranleigh and Guildford as an improved path shared by cyclists, walkers, horse riders and wheelchair users.

This corridor assessment is the first stage in a project and will inform the requirements for upgrading the Downs Link, allowing Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce to bid for future local authority, national transport and Local Enterprise capital works funding to create the new path.

The £4,2000 for the corridor assessment which Sustrans will begin at the end of next week was funded by the local business community and Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce reserves.

Sustrans is a charity enabling people to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys.

The Downs Link is already used by cyclists commuting to work in Bramley, Shalford, Guildford and beyond, as well as extensively for leisure use. However, during the winter months, the path is often impassable in places due to mud and standing water.

Ideally, upgrading the path to a hard surface, of a composition yet to be decided, will increase its use, reducing road congestion, increase levels of leisure use, promoting health and wellbeing, and attract more cycling tourists contributing to our High Street’s sustainability.

Once the corridor assessment has been completed, we will report back with their findings and our proposals for the next steps.

Cranleigh Chamber

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