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New £1 million subway opens


* 13 March 2003 *

New £1 million subway opens

L to R: Ing Fischer, Professor Alasdair Smith and Peter Cormode.
Professor Alasdair Smith (centre), Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex cuts the ribbon to open the new subway under the A27. He is flanked by Ing Fischer (left) and Peter Cormode (right) from the Highways Agency.

A new £1 million subway under the A27 was officially opened today (13 March) by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex, Professor Alasdair Smith.

The new underpass gives students and staff a convenient link from the University's Falmer campus to local bus and railway services.

The old subway was built in 1965. In 1991 it was found to need additional supports to strengthen the roof. This strengthening work significantly reduced the size of the underpass, which restricted its usability.

The new, wider subway is located approximately 30m to the west of the old one. The tunnel is equipped with CCTV cameras, a separate cycle lane and improved lighting.

The project was managed by the Highways Agency, which is responsible for the network of trunk roads and motorways in England.

Highways Agency Route Manager Ing Fischer said: "The new subway is a real benefit to the local community, providing as it does a safe alternative from crossing the A27. By improving access to the bus and rail systems, the subway is also making a real contribution to integration of public transport."




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University of Sussex,
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