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Sustrans spends around £1.3m each year on maintenance

After record-breaking levels of rainfall caused significant damage across the National Cycle Network this winter, Sustrans has launched an appeal to raise funds for maintenance and repairs.

This winter saw a number of path and road sections of the National Cycle Network submerged with at least two cycle bridges suffering significant damage in Cumbria.

Sustrans spends around £1.3 million a year maintain the parts of the network it owns with a large proportion of the money coming from public donations.

Julian Hall, Director of Fundraising at Sustrans, said:

“Apart from in Scotland Sustrans doesn’t receive any money from the Government to maintain the parts of the National Cycle Network that we own so we rely heavily on the kind donations that we receive from the public.

“This winter has been extremely wet and the network has suffered as a result. Money raised will help us repair the worst hit parts of the network that we own and enable us to support 2,000 volunteer rangers who valiantly work to keep their local section of the Network clear come hell or high water.”

To donate, visit http://www.sustrans.org.uk/appeal or phone the Supporters Team on 0300 303 2604.

Money raised will go towards everything from clearing ditches and replacing fencing to removing debris and repairing bridges.

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