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Beauty spot opens up for cyclists

Footpath
The cycle facilities are intended to improve access to the countryside

New cycle facilities have been installed at railway stations in Surrey to help people get to the countryside.

Seven stations on the North Downs Line provide access to the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The stations now have at least one secure cycle shelter, most of which have roofs to keep parked bikes dry.

A council spokesperson said the numbers of cycles parked at stations across the county has increased over the last few years.

David Munro, executive member for transport, said: "These achievements are a great example of what can be done to protect the environment and reduce congestion through partners working together, as we have been joined in this by First Great Western and the Department for Transport's Access for All scheme."

The seven stations are North Camp, Shalford, Chilworth, Gomshall, Dorking West, Dorking Deepdene and Betchworth.




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