A spectacular new cycling and walking bridge in Shoreham

Building a new harbour bridge, transforming part of the town centre into a pedestrian area and installing better road crossings for cyclists and walkers in Shoreham.
The challenge

For many years, the aging and narrow drawbridge that crossed the River Adur and linked Shoreham town centre to the nearby beach had been difficult to cross, especially for cyclists and people on foot. The alternative was to use the busy A259 main road to cross the river but its heavy traffic deterred many people wishing to travel by bike. 

The solution

The Big Lottery Fund was delighted to fund Sustrans and it is therefore a great pleasure to see this beautiful new bridge completed. It will clearly be a huge asset to Shoreham and provide a vital link in the Sustrans route along the south coast.

- Melloney Poole, Deputy Director BIG Lottery Fund

Sustrans worked with partners to build a fantastic new walking and cycling bridge across the River Adur to replace the old structure. The new Shoreham Harbour Bridge has an impressive single span of 250 metres and tall glass panels supported by steel posts. The scheme included a dramatic transformation of East Street in the town centre into a pedestrian area. Conditions for cyclists and walkers on roads in the area have been further improved by installing new safer crossings.

The difference

Local journeys have been transformed by the bridge which provides a direct link between Shoreham Beach, the town centre and the railway station. The new route means that many people can walk and cycle to local amenities and pupils at several schools can make the school journey on foot or by bike. The bridge also fills a missing section in National Cycle Network Route 2, the South Coast Cycle Route, which will eventually run from Dover to Cornwall.

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