New £1m Tilgate Park access road to open

Rhys Hutchings, Contracts Manager at Crawley Borough Council; Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing; Mark Benstead, Quantity Surveyor at Edburton SUS-150722-145328001
Rhys Hutchings, Contracts Manager at Crawley Borough Council; Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing; Mark Benstead, Quantity Surveyor at Edburton SUS-150722-145328001
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A new £1m Tilgate Park access road will open on Tuesday (July 28).

It is hoped it will reduce the number of visitors travelling through residential streets in Tilgate.

The £1m project has seen the existing emergency access widened to become a 5.5m wide access road linking Tilgate Park to the A23.

A new cycle path has also been constructed. Other improvements include: extending the main car park by 30 spaces; new disabled parking areas; resurfacing and relining of the main car park; and Improved coach parking and turning facilities.

Speed cushions have been installed along the new road and there will have two priority ‘pinch points’ to reduce speed.

Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, said: “I’m delighted to see the new road nearing completion; it looks great and will provide a great entrance to Tilgate Park when it opens.

“It will also ease pressure on the residential streets in Tilgate, which have suffered in the past due to the popularity of the park.”

The 400-acre park is home to Tilgate Nature Centre, Go Ape, Tilgate Forest Golf Centre, the Walled Garden Café, lake activities with Dynamic Adventures and the Smith and Western restaurant.

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