Roads to Nowhere – national rally against road-building

Saturday 13 July 2013 at Crowhurst, East Sussex

Come to the Combe Haven valley to raise the alarm about Government plans for a massive programme of new roads. Join campaigners from across the UK for a rally and walk along the route of the most destructive and fiercely opposed new road being built in England - the £100 million Bexhill-Hastings Link Road.

Organised by the Roads to Nowhere campaign, the Hastings Alliance and the Combe Haven Defenders.

Logos of Roads to Nowhere, Hastings Alliance, Combe Haven Defenders, BLINKRR, Crowhurst Road to Nowhere, Greenpeace and othersSupported by Greenpeace, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), CPRE Sussex, BLINKRR - Bexhill Link Road Resistance, Crowhurst Road to Nowhere Action Group, Friends of the Earth, the Wildlife Trusts and RSPB.

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Come to this unique event and:

  • enjoy music from Chris TT, speakers introduced by Sir Ian Bowler MP, food and drink, activities for all ages and a special road-building coconut shy
  • go on guided walks through the historic Combe Haven valley – a last chance before the destruction caused by the road changes it forever
  • learn more about the campaign to save the valley, and about plans for more than 200 new roads around the country
  • meet campaigners from national and local groups
  • get information about how you can take action to help stop a new roads programme becoming a national disaster

> Download a pdf poster/leaflet about the event here

Please note: no dogs are allowed on the Recreation Ground (except assistance and guide dogs during the rally).

Times and places:

Rally: 2pm to 5pm, Crowhurst Recreation Ground, East Sussex (music and speakers from 3pm)

Chapel Hill, Crowhurst, East Sussex (15 mins walk from Crowhurst railway station, near the Plough Inn).

Route walk A: Meet at 11.45am, Bexhill railway station (trains arrive from London at 11.39, Brighton at 11.24 and Ashford/Hastings at 11.23). A five-mile guided walk closely following the route of the new road.

Combe Haven valley   rally by Jim Killock -   ccbysaRoute walk B: Meet at 12pm, West St Leonards railway station (trains arrive from London at 11.51 and from Hastings at 11.56). A six-mile guided walk through the eastern parts of the Combe Haven valley.

Route walk C: Meet at 12pm Crowhurst recreation ground. A guided five mile circular walk with good views of the valley.

Short walks from the rally site:
Shorter walks from the recreation ground along the 1066 Bexhill Walk route into the valley will also be conducted during the afternoon.

Free buses back to Bexhill (and from Brighton)

In the morning, there will be a free Big Lemon bus from Brighton via Lewes to the start points for walks A and C.

For people walking from Bexhill, there wil be free half-hourly shuttle buses from the rally site back to Bexhill railway station starting from 3.30 pm.

Route walk in the Combe Haven valley, by Jim Killock - ccbysa Timetable for the free bus from Brighton:

Brighton, Old Steine 10.30am
Brighton, The Level, opp Southover Street 10.35
Lewes Road Bus Garage 1040
Falmer, A27 adj Sussex University, 1045
Lewes Station 1100
Polegate Station 1120
Bexhill Station arr 1140

Bexhill Station dep 1145
Crowhurst 1155

The return trip to Brighton will depart at approximately 5.15 from Crowhurst Recreation Ground.

Photo of Combe Haven    valley June 2013 by Oliver    Tookey

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