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Bike on track

I am writing to correct an impression in Alasdair Massie's letter that we have marginalised cycling with a poor standard of provision for cyclists on the A3 Hindhead tunnel project.

Overall the scheme provides a new 9km route for cyclists on the A3 corridor using cycle ways and cycle paths or routes on new and existing minor roads.

Whilst we did re-route a 1.8km section of the cycle route onto an existing byway we have honoured our commitment at the public inquiry to provide a 3m wide, machine-laid paved surface suitable for all cyclists and other users. Trees and shrubs have been cut back to provide a clear corridor and new drainage measures have been installed. The steepest gradient of the route is similar to that of the existing A3.

These matters were fully debated at the public inquiry with cycling groups and we are simply implementing the recommendations of the inquiry Inspector.

PAUL ARNOLD, senior Highways Agency project manager, Hindhead tunnel.

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