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Rail passengers encouraged to get on their bike

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  • £14m package to benefit cyclists
  • 10 major rail station 'Cycle Hubs'
  • 10,000 extra cycle park spaces

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 will include extra cycle storage facilities, repair services, hire schemes and improved cycle access to and from the stations.

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.

Notes to editors

  1. The £14m fund is made up of:
    · £10m to implement recommendations from the Station Champions and Network Rail. This is made up of £5m announced in June 2009, with an additional £5m coming from the Department for Transport and Network Rail.
    · £4m from Cycling England to four Cycle Demonstration 'Bike 'n' Ride' Train Operating Companies.

  2. The £5m for 'Cycle Hubs' will build on Network Rail and Northern Rail's plans for the Cyclepoint facility at Leeds Station by extending fully supervised storage facilities with a range of opportunities for cycle retail and repair to a further 10 stations.

  3. The four winning bids for the 'Bike 'n' Ride' operating companies will each get £1m over the next two years. Three of the four winning franchised TOC areas receiving grant include one of our Cycle Demonstration Towns - Woking, Stoke and Southport.

  4. Winning cycle demonstration 'Bike 'n' Ride' Operating Companies are;

    · Southwest Trains
    · 35 stations to benefit, creating 2,300 extra parking spaces excluding Woking who will benefit from additional parking through the town’s Cycle Demonstration Town status.
    · Double-decker parking and planned secure parking compounds at stations including Salisbury, Petersfield, Surbiton and Winchester.
    · Plusbike scheme: an integrated rail and cycle hire ticketing system, so your rail fare includes cycle hire in the price.
    · Extend the Brompton folding bike hire scheme with Richmond Borough Council.

    · Northern Rail
    · Provide door-to-door experience for bike/rail travellers by providing cycle parking/hire/maintenance at satellite stations around Leeds.
    · Transform Skipton into a cycle gateway to the Yorkshire Dales.
    · Improved signage for cycling commuters and visitors to and from the station.

    · Virgin Trains
    · Improved cycle parking along the Stoke to Manchester rail corridor, with improved cycle accessibility at the stations.
    · Stoke to become a 'Cycle Hub' twinned with facilities at Stafford aimed at university and college students.
    · Cycle hire schemes at Manchester Piccadilly, with opportunities to expand to other stations.

    · Merseyrail
    · Additional 750 parking spaces across 18 stations.
    · Double-decker cycle parking along their Northern and Wirral line routes with CCTV and swipe entry access system.
    · Cyclepoint service at Southport station with cycle storage, hire and maintenance facilities.

  5. The Cycle Rail Task Force (CRIT) was set up in 2007 when the Rail White Paper 'Delivering A Sustainable Railway' was published. CRIT consists of Senior members of the Association of Train Operating Companies, Network Rail, Passenger Focus and Transport for London. The Task Force is chaired by Philip Darnton, Chairman of Cycling England. CRIT's remit is to promote best practice (particularly at stations), to advise on cycle-rail aspects of the franchising regime, and to monitor the effectiveness of measures to promote cycle-plus-rail travel.

  6. The Station Champions were announced in May 2009 to advise Government on ways to improve facilities at railway stations. They are Sir Peter Hall, President of the Town and Country Planning Association, and Chris Green, a non-executive director of Network Rail and a former Chief Executive of Virgin Trains. Further details can be found here: nds.coi.gov.uk/clientmicrosite/Content/Detail.aspx?ClientId=202&NewsAreaId=2&ReleaseID=400548&SubjectId=36

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