Hayling cycle path to be shut as part of major works

Hayling Billy Trail
Hayling Billy Trail
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A POPULAR cycling and walking route will be closed for three weeks as it undergoes a major refurbishment.

Contractors will move on to the Hayling Billy Trail from next Monday.

The scheme is part of a revamp following a grant of almost £89,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The trail goes from Havant town centre and follows the old railway line down to West Town on Hayling Island.

The project is being led by Havant Borough Council and Hampshire County Council.

Sally Foster, a spokeswoman for Havant council, said: ‘Over recent months the trail used by walkers and cyclists has seen the approaches to Langstone Bridge widened and 250m of the northern section rebuilt.

‘The funding awarded to the Hayling Billy 50 project will now allow the section south of the recent completed work to be rebuilt, continuing down the railway route, towards the oysterbeds.

‘Part of the works to this section will be to gain better drainage, as well as a new path being laid of the west side of the pathway trail. The east side will remain untouched and continue to be suitable for equestrians.’

She added: ‘This planned work will require a three-week closure of the Hayling Billy Trail, starting on July 7. The work should then be completed and reopened for the school holiday period.’

The project will convey the heritage of the railway line and include information boards, trail leaflets and a new website about the trail.

Councillor Yvonne Weeks, who heads communities in Havant borough, said: ‘The benefits for the local community will be a heritage project for generations to come, a focus for community volunteers to work on together to create a lasting legacy for local people and visitors.’