Popular Crawley footpath to close for resurfacing

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Plans have been announced to give a popular footpath a facelift.

Parts of Worth Way, a footpath linking East Grinstead and Crawley, will be closed to the public, during September and October,for surfacing work.

The route between East Grinstead Station and Gullege House will be closed between 9.30am and 3pm to allow access to construction vehicles.

The closure will last for the duration of the work, which is expected to take up to eight weeks.

During this period, residents will be able to follow an alternative route, using a public bridleway, with maps and signs clearly displayed on site to guide people.

David Barling, West Sussex County Council’s cabinet member for residents’ services, said: “The work is being undertaken because the path has become very rough and uneven, and parts of the path are not draining properly because the camber has been worn down.

“We know this section of Worth Way is extremely popular with residents and is used by around 90,000 people each year.

“It’s inevitable that this work will cause some disruption while it is being carried out but we’ll do our very best to keep this to a minimum.

“We thank people for their patience while the work is carried out and hope they will agree the work will lead to better journeys along this route when it reopens.”

Heidi Brunsdon, county councillor for Imberdown, added: “I am extremely pleased that this section of Worth Way is being improved. 

“We have been working very closely with the contractors to ensure residents and people who use the path suffer as little disruption as possible. 

“The path has worn away through the constant use and I think once the work is finished we will all be very pleased with the new surface.”

With a confirmed start date for the work being announced in the next few weeks, its likely that winter shouldn’t be such a burden for one of the area’s most popular public footpaths

For more information, contact Simon Rowledge at:

simon.rowledge@westsussex.gov.uk

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