The British Horse Society supports the campaign to build a bridge over the A281 and say this will “restore the safe use of the Downs Link for equestrians.”

HHilary Jubert, Access and Bridleways Officer, said: “The Downs Link is a valuable all weather public bridleway. Equestrians use it as part of circular routes connected by other bridleways and rural lanes.

Within the Rudgwick Parish, these routes are severed by the dangerous crossing, at grade, of the busy A281, a strategic HGV route. Few equestrians will now attempt this crossing due to speed of traffic and poor sightlines. Groups of riders have even greater problems crossing.”