Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis today launched a major £14m package to transform facilities for cyclists at rail stations and encourage healthier, greener travel.
Over the next two years a series of measures, including ‘Cycle Hubs’ at 10 major rail stations and 10,000 extra cycle parking spaces across the country will be introduced by Government, Network Rail, Cycling England and train operators. The new cycle hubs – based on FietsPoint bike-rail shops and parking garages in the Netherlands – will include extra cycle storage facilities, repair services, hire schemes and improved cycle access to and from the stations.
Lord Adonis was converted to the bike-parking-at-stations cause during a visit to Leiden in the Netherlands, a few months ago. Watch this video for an earlier Parliamentary fact-finding study tour of the bike-rail facilities in the Netherlands:
The projects announced today include:
– £5m for fully supervised cycle hubs, offering a range of facilities for cyclists including secure covered parking, cycle hire, information, retail and repair at 10 stations. These include Leeds station (which will be completed by May next year) and London St Pancras, London Victoria, London Waterloo, Grimsby, Hull, Liverpool Lime Street, Scunthorpe, Sheffield and York (all to be opened within the next 2 years).
– £3m for over 4500 additional cycle park spaces at nearly 350 stations across the country, including Nottingham, Stevenage, Cambridge, Exeter, Scarborough, Sunderland, Barrow-in-Furness, Crewe and Middlesbrough.
– £4m from Cycling England for four Train Operating Companies – Merseyrail, Northern Rail, South West Trains and Virgin Trains – to transform the cycling facilities up and down their network to become flagship ‘Bike ‘n’ Ride’ train operating companies.
– £2m which will improve cycle access at rail stations to ensure that bike users can get to and from the station conveniently and safely, and to improve cycle facilities across the rail network as opportunities are identified.
Andrew Adonis said:
“More and more people are turning to cycling as a healthy, green and convenient way to travel – I want to encourage this choice.
“Although half of us own a bike and 60% live just 15 minutes from a train station, only 2% of train passengers travel to the station by bike. This is in contrast to Holland where cycling accounts for a third of all trips to and from the station.
“The aim of the programmes announced today is to boost the significant number of people cycling to catch their train. This will tackle congestion, promote rail travel and help people develop healthier lifestyles and protect the environment.”
This announcement follows the Government’s commitment in June for £5m to be spent over the next two years to improve cycle storage facilities at up to ten major railway stations nationwide, including in London. Due to the quality of the response to this announcement, the funding has now been doubled to £10m.
The announcement of the ‘Bike ‘n’ Ride’ operating companies takes forward the recommendation from the Cycle Rail Task Force as a way to improve bike and rail integration.
The £14m fund is made up of £10m to implement recommendations from the Station Champions and Network Rail; and £4m from Cycling England to four Cycle Demonstration ‘Bike ‘n’ Ride’ Train Operating Companies.
Click on the video below for a Bikeforall short on the announcement of Cycle Demonstration Train Operating Companies: